8:12 Nick Richardson: university clubs         

Nick Richardson is an editor at the London Review of Books, and a former head of the Piers Gaveston Society at Oxford University, which was also attended by British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Image of performer and author Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski Photo: Konrad Winkler

8:30 Magda Szubanski: parents, sexuality and character

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s best known performers (Sharon in Kath and Kim, and Esme Hoggett in Babe and Babe: Pig in the City, among many other roles), and is currently appearing on Australian television in the sketch series Open Slather. Her book, Reckoning: A Memoir (Text Publishing), describes her journey of self-discovery from childhood to adulthood, haunted by her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland.

9:05 Jocelyn Moorhouse: women in film

Jocelyn Moorhouse is an Australian film writer/director (Proof, How to Make an American Quilt) and producer (Muriel’s Wedding). She visited Wellington this week with her producer Sue Maslin, for a special WIFT screening of their new film, The Dressmaker, with proceeds helping fund the Robin Laing Scholarship which supports young women entering the film industry. The Dressmaker opens in New Zealand cinemas on 29 October.


9:45 Art Crimes with Arthur Tompkins

Arthur Tompkins is a District Court Judge, and member of Interpol’s DNA Monitoring Expert Group. He has a special interest in crimes involving artistic masterpieces, and will discuss the 1971 theft of Guitar Player, the 1672 painting by Jan Vermeer.

The painting The Guitar Player, by Vermeer

The Guitar Player, by Vermeer Photo: Creative Commons

10:05 Playing Favourites with Matt Gauldie

Matt Gauldie has been the official New Zealand Army Artist for the last ten years, and has had many solo shows, group exhibitions, residencies, and fellowships.

Matt Gauldie

Matt Gauldie Photo: Supplied

James Wood

James Wood Photo: Miriam Berkley

11:05 James Wood: writing, reading, reviewing

James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007, and is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University. His latest collection of essays is The Nearest Thing to Life (Jonathan Cape). (During the interview, Kim and James discuss the books My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the ‘Neapolitan novels’ of Elena Ferrante, among other books.)


11:45 Children’s Books with Kate De Goldi: two picture book authors

New Zealand writer Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, and ambassador for the first NZ Bookshop Day on 31 October. Her new novel for children, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle (Longacre) has just been published. Kate will discuss two picture book authors:
Peter Brown (whose books include Chowder, The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder, You Will Be My Friend, My Teacher is a Monster, Children Make Terrible Pets, The Curious Garden, Mr Tiger Goes Wild); and
Mini Grey (Traction Man is Here, Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog, Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey, Three By the Sea, Space Dog, Toys in Space).

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Alex Baron
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: Ryan Adams
Song: Shake It Off
Album: 1989
Label: Pax Americana, 2015
Broadcast: 9:40

Artist: Townes Van Zandt
Song: If I Needed You
Album: The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Label: Tomato, 1972
Broadcast: 10:15

Artist: Serge Gainsbourg
Song: Requiem Pour Un Con
Album: The 1991 remix from the compilation album: De Serge Gainsbourg á Gainsbarre
Label: Mercury
Broadcast: 10:30

Artist: Barry Saunders
Song: Fade
Album: Zodiac
Label: Mana, 2008
Broadcast: 10:40

Artist: J.J. Cale
Song: Travelin’ Light
Album: Troubadour
Label: Shelter, 1976
Broadcast: 10:55