Most recent podcasts for Talking Books
An hour long show celebrating Book Week Scotland. With Philippa Cochrane of the Scottish Book Trust I find out all about Book Week and we listen to selections from the book, 'Treasures'.
The creator of Morse joins me from his home in Oxford to discuss his influences, the perfect crime novel and a happy romantic ending for Lewis.
The Nobel Prize winning writer Doris Lessing, who died at the age of 94, reads a passage from her novel 'The Sweetest Dream'.
Pilippa Cochrane of the Scottish Book Trust joins me to talk about Book Week Scotland. This was first broadcast as part of the 'Arts Gallery' feature from Creative Scotland.
Val McDermid chats about her book 'The Vanishing Point' as it enters the Talking Books library, and about her re-imagining of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.
For Read for RNIB Day 2013, travel to a Waterloo Wonderland, listen to narrators tell us why they Read for RNIB and listen to clips of their favourite books.
Meet Fantastic Books Publishing! It's their goal to provide great service to authors to get more wonderful books out into the world. Working with blind sound engineer Matt Brown they are launching Fantastic Books Audio and want your help.
Ruth Ozeki chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'A Tale for the Time Being' , tells us how she read the audio version herself and why audiobooks can enlighten.
NoViolet Bulawayo chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'We Need New Names', about the world the children in the book inhabit and how simple storytelling is so important.
Jhumpa Lahiri talks about her Booker shortlisted book 'The Lowland', the naxalite movement and why the audio format is important.
Eleanor Catton chats about her Booker shortlisted book 'The Luminaries', astrology and writing to surprise yourself.
Colm Toibin chats about his Booker shortlisted book 'The Testament of Mary', about protests that look bigger than they are and having Meryl Streep read his work.
An abridged presentation of Thunderdog. The true story of a blind man and his guide dog who led him from the 78th floor of the World Trade Centre's North Tower on September the 11th, 2001.
I chat to Rosemary Ward of the Gaelic Books Council, the lead organisation with responsibility for supporting Scottish Gaelic authors and publishers, and for raising the profile and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally.
Interviews with all of the 2012 shortlisted authors - including an updated interview with Hilary Mantel after her historic second win.
As the 4th Anno Dracula book, Johnny Alucard, is released, I chat to author Kim Newman about all things horror and vampiric. In this downloadable version of the interview, there are an extra questions and answers not heard on air.
Lynn Shepherd is joined by actor and audiobook narrator John Telfer as we chat about Lynn's 'literary mysteries' including the latest book, A Treacherous Likeness, and we hear about a new work based on Dracula.
The special collection of writing called 'Elsewhere' is launched by the RNIB in Braille and audio at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Featuring Anne Fine, Anne Donovan, Janice Galloway and more.
Bill Bryson tells us if dogs really do hate him, why he started to narrate his own books and why he stopped travelling - we also chat about and listen to clips from his new book, One Summer - America 1927
Author D.E. Meredith chats about her life, her work and the Hatton and Roumande Mysteries featuring the first forensic scientist, Professor Adolphus Hatton, and his trusty French morgue assistant, Albert Roumande.
Peter Robinson is the most borrowed author from the RNIB Talking Books library - he talks to Insight Radio's Leeanne Coyle.
I explore the process of audio book production at the RNIB Talking Book studios, from book selection to recording, to recycling the CDs ... and everything in-between
Eddie Izzard records his first ever audiobook for AudioGo. It's a book called Lost Christmas by David Logan and he tells me about the story and why he wanted to record a book. (http://www.audiogo.com/uk/)
A dream of a decaying fish under his wig and a new pair of legs changes a dictator's outlook - or does it? A strange and intriguing short story from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
David Graham talks about his latest RNIB book, his work as Brains and Parker on Thunderbirds and coming up with the original Dalek voice.
Ian Rattray of Clear Voice Books tells us why he wants the widest possible range of books by contemporary international authors accessible to everyone.
As a Zom-B invasion his the RNIB Talking Books library I talk to the horror and fantasy author Darren Shan about all things that will make you sleep with the lights on.
In this essay written and read by by A.S Byatt, the Booker winner talks about our sense of smell and the lengths we go to mask our own scent. This was written and recorded exclusively for Talking Books and parts are not suitable for family listening.
After winning the Booker for 'The Sense of an Ending', author Julian Barnes joins me in the RNIB Talking Book Studios.
At the Edinburgh Book Festival, Kate Atkinson tells me all about Jackson Brodie and her Dad's old guide dog.
An exclusive short story written and read for Talking Books by Booker prize winning author Julian Barnes.
Janice Galloway talks about her book 'This Is Not About Me' ... which is about her after all!
Garrick Hagon talks about his career as an audiobook narrator and also about starring in both Star Wars Episode 4 and Tim Burton's Batman.
The writer, biographer, broadcaster and critic Anthony Holden joins me to talk poker as we chat about his books Big Deal, Bigger Deal and Holden on Hold 'em.
Jackie Kay talks about her memoir Red Dust Road as she reads it for RNIB
A look back at a previous World Book Night, how it started and a chat with some blind and partially sighted givers who can now join in with the joy of sharing literature. (World Book Night 2013 feature coming soon)
As 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' comes out I talk to Jen Campbell about the first book and how it came to be.
Doing anything it takes to look after the children in her care, enter the world of Ida Tamson. For the first ever 'Aye Write' in 2005, this story by Denise Mina was presented in the Glasgow Evening Times over 5 days and recorded by RNIB Scotland.
Author Lesley Pearse talks about her book Father Unknown, the discovery of family secrets and why you should always visit the places you write about.
The Director of The British Museum talks about his book 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', his early inspirations and why museums should be both accessible and free.
Fay Weldon chats about her new book Habits of the House, her days as a copywriter and as she takes on Google, the future of publishing. We also find out if Vodka gets you drunker quicker!
Ruth Rendell chats about Wexford on TV, writing as Barbara Vine and her 50 years as a published author.
Sarah Mallory, (who also writes as Melinda Hammond) the historical romance novelist, and winner of the Rona Rose award 2012 and 2013, chats about her novel 'Beneath The Major's Scars' as it enters the Talking Books library.
Scottish archaeologist, broadcaster and writer Neil Oliver has a new book in the Talking Books library, based on the TV show Vikings, Robert Kirkwood finds out more
The historian talks about his book 'China - A History' as it enters the Talking Books library. We also chat about how Everest was named and about James Holman, a blind travel book writer from the 1800's.
Famous as the author of the Sharpe books, Bernard Cornwell joined me from his home in Charleston to talk about ‘1356' a new book set in medieval France, as the book is recorded for inclusion in RNIB's Talking Books Library
In an hour long special, the UK's top chiller author, James Herbert, talks about his books The Rats, Crickley Hall, The Others and Ash
The creator of Paddington Bear chats to Robert Kirkwood about the origins of one of the most loved children's characters of all time. And why Paddington wasn't allowed to compete in the Olympics.
Jonathan Dimbleby talks to Robert Kirkwood about his book 'Destiny in the Desert - The Road to El Alamein' as it enters the RNIB Talking Books library.
Spoken Herd was a crowd sourced audio book and a legacy left behind by the first Social Media Week in Glasgow. Hear the whole book at http://www.spokenherd.co.uk
Author Virginia Ironside talks about her books 'No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club!' and 'No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses' and her granny-stand-up show 'Growing Old Disgracefully'.
Candia McWilliam talks about, and narrates the introduction to her book, 'What to Look for in Winter - A Memoir of Blindness'
Big supporter of Talking Books, Tony Hawks, talks about his second book 'Playing the Modovans at Tennis' as it enters the Talking Books library and becomes a movie.
In the second part of our interview, Christopher Brookmyre discusses all his books up to 'Where the Bodies are Buried'
The Scottish crime writer joins me for a chat about all of his novels to date (at the time of recording), his influences and we listen to the 'silent soundtrack' that plays along with him as he writes.
Marcus Berkmann talks about his book, 'A Shed of One's Own' and has a mid-life crisis without the crisis.
The 'Queen of Chick-Lit' talks about her new book 'The Patchwork Marriage' and explains why she's not a chick any more.
Featuring Victoria and Giles Coren, this is a short selection from Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks, an anthology of writing from 'comic genius' Alan Coren. With contributions from Melvyn Bragg, Victoria Wood and narrated by Peter Noble.
A show about the first ever Book Week Scotland and selections from the book 'My Favourite Place' from the Scottish Book Trust.
A special show featuring Michael Sheen, Sally Gardener and many Talking Book Narrators as they celebrate Read for RNIB Day. This episode was played on January 1st.
A short story by Romesh Gunesekera read by Tony Hawks. This was recorded exclusively for Talking Books for inclusion in the RNIB publication Sightlines.
Read by Steve Hodson, this short story by the 'Grand Master' of science fiction looks at our belief in aliens.
A look at the classic book, the infamous radio play, the Jeff Wayne musical and other works inspired by H.G. Wells. Features Jeff Wayne, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells himself.
Are ebooks a revolution for partially sighted readers? Can text-to-speech unlock more books for the blind? How easy are ereaders to use? Find out in this special edition of Talking Books.
Lord Archer talks about his new book and how his writing may have improved in prison.
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson visits the RNIB Talking Book studios to record Freddie and the Fairy and chat to Robert Kirkwood about writing some new lines especially for blind and partially sighted readers.
Frederick Forsyth chats about 'The Day of the Jackal' being published without a word changed from the first draft, cocaine trafficking and why you should visit the places you write about.
A short non-fiction story Frederick Forsyth wrote and narrated exclusively for Talking Books, about the fate of a small bird he met whilst fishing.
Danny Wallace, who has in the past asked people to 'Join Me', became a 'Yes Man' and even ran his own country called Lovely, makes his first foray into fiction with the book 'Charlotte Street.'
The Booker shortlisted author Will Self chats about his novel Umbrella, reading his own work for audio and debates 'readability'.
The Booker shortlisted author of 'The Garden of Evening Mists' chats about his work and why you shouldn't write in your pyjamas!
The winner of the 2012 Booker Prize tells Robert Kirkwood how it felt to win for a second time, about Anne Boelyn's downfall and the third sequel, The Mirror and the Light.
The Booker shortlisted author Deborah Levy talks to Robert Kirkwood about her novel Swimming Home and how the audio format changes the experience of reading.
Alison Moore chats about being longlisted before her novel, The Lighthouse, was released, and the joy of being on the Booker Shortlist.
Anne is the creator of Hermes Diaktoros, star of The Greek Detective Mysteries. Anne chats about her blind characters and why she supports the RNIB Talking Book Library.
A look back at the history of this ground-breaking service and of audio recording itself. Tracking the first sounds recorded on soot covered paper to cylinder, disc, tape, CD, mp3 and download. RNIB not only kept up, but in many cases pioneered.
The Red Dwarf star talks about his book News from Gardenia, his work on Red Dwarf, and updating his memoir The Man in the Rubber Mask (http://unbound.co.uk/ or in audio from http://audioboo.fm/channel/news-from-gardenia - the first 2 chapters are free)
The Downton Abbey creator talks about his role as Chairman of the Talking Books Appeal and about his life as an actor, director, writer and producer.
I'm interviewed by RNIB's Read On magazine for the 'Books of My Life' feature. I pick five books that have particular meaning to me.
Liz Lochead transcribes a poem into Braille as part of Book Week Scotland - and has it read to her by Mohammed, an 8 (and a half) year old Braille user.
Andrea Levy chats to Robert Kirkwood about her Booker shortlisted novel, The Long Song.
A very short story from the RNIB members writing competition, about a blind man and his shoplifting accomplice.
Television presenter, writer and poker player Victoria Coren talks about her memoir - 'For Richer, for Poorer' and how the publishers tried to sex it up by changing the subtitle, 'A Love Affair with Poker' to 'Confessions of a Player.'
Robin Ince invites us to join his 'Bad Book Club' full of the beautifully bizarre and downright frightening books he has discovered over the years.