Guest details for Saturday Morning 5 May 2012


8:15 Ross Ashcroft

British filmmaker Ross Ashcroft is the founder of the Renegade Economist and Motherlode Studio, and director of the documentary Four Horsemen, which is screening at the 2012 Documentary Edge Festival in Auckland (to 13 May) and Wellington (17 May to 3 June).


8:35 Ian Watson

Ian Watson is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, and the author of a number of books, including The Universal Machine: From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness (Springer, ISBN 978-3642281013). Ian also has a blog on the history and future of computing. He will deliver the lecture Alan Turing and the Artificial Brain: The Development of Artificial Intelligence on 17 May, the last in the series of 2012 Gibbons Lectures on Turing’s legacy.


9:05 Claire Tomalin

English author and journalist Claire Tomalin has written biographies of Katherine Mansfield, Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys and Thomas Hardy. Her latest book is Charles Dickens: A Life (Viking, ISBN: 978-0670917679).


9:50 Li Chen

Auckland freelance illustrator and webcomic artist Li Chen has just been pledged $US66,580 on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, to produce her webcomic series Extra Ordinary as two books.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer worked as an EFL teacher, yoghurt packer, showerer of elderly people, and coordinator of the Real Hot Bitches dance troupe amongst other jobs, before setting sail across the Pacific in a small yacht with her new husband and baby. She tells her story in Sea Fever: From First Date to First Mate (Random House, ISBN: 978-1869799175). Angela is currently Manager of Marketing and Communications at City Galley Wellington.


11:05 Juergen Boos

Juergen Boos is the president of the Frankfurt Book Fair.


11:35 Mal Peet

Mal Peet is a writer of young adult fiction, who has won major awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian children’s fiction prize. His novels include Keeper (2003), Tamar (2005), The Penalty (2006), Exposure (2008), and most recently, Life: an Exploded Diagram (Walker Books, ISBN 978-1844281008), a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Mal is a guest of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (9-13 May).


Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Angela Meyer

Betty Davis: Game Is My Middle Name
From the 1973 album: Betty Davis
(Light in the Attic)
Played at around 10:12

Alice Cooper: Poison
From the 1989 album: Trash
Played at around 10:25

Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
The 1961 single from the album: Blue Hawaii
Played at around 10:40

Outkast (featuring Kelis): Dracula's Wedding
From the 2003 album: The Love Below
Played at around 10:50

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell