Charles Foster

Charles Foster. Photo: supplied

8:12 Charles Foster

Charles Foster is a Fellow at the University of Oxford. Much of his life has been spent on expeditions (he ran a 150 mile race in the Sahara and skied to the North Pole), and he has written or contributed to over 35 books. A passionate naturalist, he took on the neuro-scientific and literary challenge of living like a fox, badger, otter, deer and swift, to write his latest book, Being a Beast (Profile Books).


Robyn Gallagher

Robyn Gallagher. Photo: Robyn Gallagher


9:05 Robyn Gallagher

Robyn Gallagher is based in Raglan, and works in the internet and broadcasting industries. She writes the blog 5000 Ways to Love You, documenting every NZ On Air-funded music video, and is currently in Stockholm, Sweden, for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.




Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor. Photo: supplied


9:30 Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor is a celebrated Australian novelist (Me and Mr Booker, My Beautiful Enemy), screenwriter, and children’s book author. She wrote her last book, Dying: a Memoir (Text Publishing), while dying of melanoma-related brain cancer.


Michel Faber

Michel Faber. Photo: .



10:05 Michel Faber
Michel Faber is an award-winning author of novels, novellas, short stories and non-fiction. His 2000 novel, Under the Skin, was adapted as a film in 2013, and he has said that his 2014 work of fiction, The Book of Strange New Things, will be his last. He will speak at an event and a workshop at the Auckland Writers Festival (10-15 May).



Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. Photo: supplied


10:35 Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami is an Iranian filmmaker. She will present her award-winning feature-length documentary Sonita, about an young female Afghani refugee, at DocEdge, the 11th International Documentary Edge Festival in Wellington (13, 15 May) and Auckland (19, 29 May).



11:05 Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Stephen Hough is a composer, poet, painter and Daily Telegraph columnist, and was named one of twenty Living Polymaths by The Economist, and one of the 25 greatest pianists of all time by Classic FM. He is a Governor of the Royal Ballet Companies, received a CBE for services to music in 2014, has written music for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble and solo piano, and has more than 50 recordings to his credit. He is visiting New Zealand to perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the NZSO, under guest conductor Gustavo Gimeno, in Wellington (13 May), Dunedin (18 May), Christchurch (19 May) and Auckland (21 May).

11:45 Poetry with Gregory O’Brien

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books. His latest book is See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (Auckland University Press). He will discuss two new collections of poetry: Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avia (VUP) and The Lives of Coat Hangers by Sudesh Mishra (Otago University Press).

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Brad Warrington
Auckland engineer: Blair Stagpoole
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: ABBA
Song:  Waterloo
Composer: Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus
Album: Waterloo
Label: Polar, 1974
Broadcast: 9:05

Artist: Dami Im
Song:  The Sound of Silence
Composer: Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci
Live at Eurovision Semi-Final
Broadcast: 9:15

Artist: Sergey Lazarev
Song:  You Are The Only One
Composer: Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos,  John Ballard, Ralph Charlie
Official Eurovision video
Broadcast: 9:20

Artist: Jamala
Song: 1944
Composer: Jamala
Live at Eurovision Semi-Final
Broadcast: 9:30

Artist: Stephen Hough (piano), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno (conductor)
Work: Piano Concerto No. 2, 2nd movement (excerpt)
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert in Wellington
Broadcast: 11:05

Artist: Stephen Hough (piano), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno (conductor)
Work: Piano Concerto No. 2, finale (excerpt)
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert in Wellington
Broadcast: 11:35