8:15 Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic. He wrote the essay Surviving Anxiety for the magazine, adapted from his new book My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind (Knopf, ISBN: 978-0-30726-987-4).

9:05 Rod Moss

Australian painter and photographer Rod Moss has lived in Alice Springs since 1984. He has written two memoirs: The Hard Light of Day (2010, University of Queensland Press, ISBN: 978-0-7022-3774-4) won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and One Thousand Cuts: Life and Art in Central Australia (UQP, ISBN: 978-0-7022-4968-6) was published last year. Rod Moss is a guest at the Auckland Writers Festival, speaking at three sessions: An Interior Life (with Stephanie Johnson, 16 May), The Lucky Country? (with Michael Leunig and John Marsden, 17 May), and Art and Australia (18 May).

9:40 Michael Burge

Michael Burge is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the island of Coochiemudlo in Queensland, Australia. He reported the 2013 federal election from his electorate, Bowman, writes regular opinion pieces on LGBT equality, is co-founder of Woop Woop, the remote living media hub for Australian country life, and is a contributor for political news website No Fibs, where he has been writing about asylum seekers and issues of free speech for public servants.

10:05 Hollie Fullbrook / Tiny Ruins

New Zealand musician Hollie Fullbrook started performing and recording under the name of Tiny Ruins as a solo project in 2009. Her recordings include the 2010 collaborative EP Little Notes, the 2011 debut album Some Were Meant for Sea, and the retrospective collection Haunts, from 2013. Her band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer, and she is touring in Europe with the just-released second Tiny Ruins album, Brightly Painted One, in advance of a New Zealand tour to Picton (5 June), Lyttelton (6 June), Dunedin (7 June), Wanaka: (8 June), Okarito (9 June), Barrytown (10 June), Nelson (12 June), Wellington (13 and 14 June), and Auckland (28 June).

11:05 Steve James

American film producer and director Steve James is best known for his 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, which revolutionised how mainstream audiences viewed documentaries as it followed two college basketball players attempting to break into the NBA. He is a guest of the 2014 Documentary Edge Festival (Auckland 21 May to 2 June; Wellington 5-15 June), presenting a screening of a newly restored 20th anniversary digital master of Hoop Dreams, and a Q&A session. His new film, Life Itself, about the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, will make its New Zealand premiere at the festival.


11:45 Poetry with Gregory O'Brien

The Great World To HaPainter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books, most recently the 2012 collection Beauties of the Octagonal Pool (AUP). He will discuss the work of John Puhiatau Pule, particularly his epic love poem The Bond of Time, first published in a limited edition in 1985, and now available in a new edition from Canterbury University Press (ISBN: 978-1-92714-556-2).

Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.

This Saturday’s team

Producer: Mark Cubey
Associate producer: Zoe George
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


Delaney Davidson: Big Ugly Fish
From the album: Swim Down There
(Rough Diamond)
Played at around 8.54

The Black Arm Band: Sunrise
From the album: Dirtsong
Played at around 9.40

Tiny Ruins: Straw into gold
From the 2014 album: Brightly Painted One
Played at around 10.07

Machine Translations: You can’t give it back
From the album: The Bright Door
Played at around 10.25

Finn Brothers: Only talking sense
From the 1995 album: Finn
Played at around 10.40

Morrissey: Sing your life
From the 1991 album: Kill Uncle
Played at around 10.45

Patti Smith: Free Money
From the album: Horses
Played at around 10.57