Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB

Read On - The Audiobook Show from RNIB

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A weekly show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios. We talk to your favourite authors and narrators, along with reviews and news about new audiobooks. Presented by Red Szell in Camden and produced by Robert Kirkwood in Glasgow, you’ll find a new episode here every Friday at 1pm plus bonus content such as longer uncut interviews and episodes of our occasional extra show, The Book Group. Talking Books is a free service from RNIB giving access to over 30,000 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children. Find out more by searching for RNIB Library. Get involved and join the conversation by emailing [email protected] or find us on Twitter, Red is @redszell (https://twitter.com/redszell) and Robert is @Talking_Books (https://twitter.com/Talking_Books)


162: J.M. Joseph, Onjali Q Rauff, Dave Steele and Tendai Huchu
Mar 27 • 57 min
161: Beth Morrey on Saving Missy, Egmont Publishing on Storytime and Holly Tuke on Matt Haig
Mar 20 • 57 min
160: World Book Night 2020 with Brian Wood, Sally Nicholls and The Reading Agency
Mar 13 • 57 min
159: Hilary Mantel, Ade Adepitan and World Book Day
Mar 6 • 57 min
158: Liz Mistry, Caroline Lennon and reviewing A Thousand Ships
Feb 28 • 57 min
World Book Day 2020 with RNIB Library
Feb 24 • 16 min
157: Kika and Me by Amit Patel, Costa Book of the Year and some shaggy dog tales.
Feb 21 • 57 min
156: Preti Taneja, Francesca Segal and narrator David Monteath
Feb 14 • 57 min
155: Holly Kyte, Jeremy Paxman, Ursula and Alasdair Buchan, and Holly Tuke
Feb 7 • 57 min
154: Natalie Haynes, Jonathan Coe, Kate Saunders and The Costa Book of the Year
Jan 31 • 57 min
153: The Costa Book Awards with Sara Collins, Jack Fairweather, Mary Jean Chan and Jasbinder Bilan
Jan 24 • 57 min
152: Ade Adepitan, Brian Bilston and Emma Hetherington
Jan 17 • 57 min
151: Robert Kirkwood and Red Szell look back at 2019
Jan 10 • 57 min
Happy New Year!
Jan 3 • 12 min
150: Episode 150 - John le Carré
Dec 20, 2019 • 66 min
149: Christmas Special with Noddy Holder, Charlie Grima, Sue Moorcroft and Tricia Ashley
Dec 13, 2019 • 73 min
148: Diane Jeffrey, John Cormack, plus ‘The Robin’ and other Christmas books
Dec 6, 2019 • 58 min
147: Joely Richardson, Philip Pullman and Danielle McLaughlin
Nov 29, 2019 • 57 min
146: Book Week Scotland (2019)
Nov 22, 2019 • 57 min
145: Chris Lintott, Jane Clarke and Robin Kermode
Nov 15, 2019 • 57 min
144: Sita Brahmachari, Laura Ellen Anderson, Gary Younge and The Blind Mechanic
Nov 8, 2019 • 57 min
143: Benjamin Myers, Lucy Ellmann, Stephanie Ellyne and The Greatcoat
Nov 1, 2019 • 57 min
142: Patricia Cornwell, Lynne Truss and narrating Ducks, Newburyport
Oct 25, 2019 • 57 min
141: The Booker Prize 2019 and more from the Wigtown Book Festival
Oct 18, 2019 • 57 min
140: Chigozie Obioma, Elif Shafak and Margaret Atwood
Oct 11, 2019 • 57 min
139: Live at the Wigtown Book Festival (2019)
Oct 4, 2019 • 57 min
138: Bernardine Evaristo, Lucy Ellmann and Joanna MacGregor
Sep 27, 2019 • 57 min
137: Mary Beard, Chris McQueer, Andy Stanton, Booker Shortlist and an audiobook party
Sep 20, 2019 • 57 min
Chris McQueer - narrating short stories n’ that.
Sep 16, 2019 • 8 min
136: Booker Prize Retrospective
Sep 13, 2019 • 57 min
135: Celia Anderson, Jackie Kay and Christopher Scott
Sep 6, 2019 • 57 min
134: Patrice Lawrence, Peter Robinson and Kate London
Aug 30, 2019 • 57 min
133: Hope Through Adversity
Aug 23, 2019 • 57 min
132: All at Sea
Aug 16, 2019 • 57 min
131: Liz Fenwick, Mark Billingham and Di Langford
Aug 9, 2019 • 57 min
130: Holiday Special
Aug 2, 2019 • 57 min
129: Jess Butterworth, Andy Stanton and Jess Townsend
Jul 26, 2019 • 57 min
128: The Moon Landings in Literature
Jul 19, 2019 • 57 min
127: Frances Hardinge, Kwame Alexander, Elizabeth Acevedo and New College Worcester
Jul 12, 2019 • 57 min
Summer Reading Challenge 2019 with RNIB
Jul 12, 2019 • 13 min
126: Dame Stella Rimington, Frederick Forsyth and Frank Gardner
Jul 5, 2019 • 57 min
125: Joe Heap, Niq Mhlongo, Celestial Bodies and more
Jun 28, 2019 • 57 min
Read On presenter Red Szell conquers Am Buachaille
Jun 27, 2019 • 11 min
124: Ursula Buchan on John Buchan, Joanne Ramos on The Farm, plus Pen & Inc
Jun 21, 2019 • 57 min
Elizabeth Acevedo wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal
Jun 18, 2019 • 8 min
123: CILIP Carnegie Special with Jason Reynolds, Sally Nicholls and Candy Gourlay, plus remembering narrator Stephen Thorne
Jun 14, 2019 • 57 min
122: CILIP Carnegie Special with Elizabeth Acevedo, Sophie Anderson, Kate Saunders and more.
Jun 7, 2019 • 57 min
Exploring the shortlist for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal.
121: Roz Watkins, Jon McGregor and a Game of Thrones
May 31, 2019 • 57 min
The show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios.
120: Lee Child and Lucie Whitehouse
May 24, 2019 • 57 min
119: Live at the Boswell Book Festival (2019)
May 17, 2019 • 57 min
118: Best of Boswell Book Festival
May 10, 2019 • 57 min
117: Leah Hazard, Ian Skewis and Talking Book Tech
May 3, 2019 • 57 min
How do you audio describe Game of Thrones?
May 2, 2019 • 8 min
Every Saturday during the run of the show, audio describer Neville Watchurst is in a booth at SKY, writing and recording the audio description for the brand new episodes of Game of Thrones. How does he convey the action, how does he avoid giving spoilers,…
116: Nicola Cornick, Bernard Cornwell and John Carlin
Apr 26, 2019 • 57 min
115: Authors and Narrators Easter Holiday Special
Apr 19, 2019 • 57 min
114: Stella Duffy, Beth O’Leary and J.O. Morgan
Apr 12, 2019 • 57 min
113: The Creativity Code with Marcus du Sautoy and Talking Books technology
Apr 5, 2019 • 57 min
112: Judy Leigh, Marcus Berkmann and Simon Mahoney
Mar 29, 2019 • 57 min
111: Doctor Who, Star Trek and Pokemon with Louise Jameson, Ellie Wallwork, Marcus Berkmann and Veronica Taylor
Mar 22, 2019 • 57 min
110: Fionnuala Kearney, Chris Stewart and Esther Freud
Mar 15, 2019 • 57 min
109: Topical Non-Fiction with Ece Temelkuran, Jonathan Haskel and Trina Beckett.
Mar 8, 2019 • 57 min
108: Onjali Q Raúf, Anthony McGowan and World Book Day
Mar 1, 2019 • 57 min
107: Crime and thrillers with C. J. Tudor, Ian Skewis and Kate London
Feb 22, 2019 • 57 min
RNIB Library and World Book Day 2019
Feb 21, 2019 • 13 min
World Book Day on 7 March 2019 is all about celebrating the magic of books and reading. RNIB is proud to support World Book Day’s mission to give every child and young person a book of their own, by making 14 new titles available in audio and braille.…
Andrea Levy - The Long Song
Feb 15, 2019 • 10 min
At Read On and RNIB Talking Books we were saddened to hear of the death of British author Andrea Levy at the age of 62. In 2010 the Long Song was nominated for the Booker Prize, and at the time she joined Robert Kirkwood down to line to talk about the…
106: Limmy, Joanna Toye, Sophie Hannah and more
Feb 15, 2019 • 57 min
105: Travel with Jason Roberts, Jasper Winn, John Keay and China Vision.
Feb 8, 2019 • 57 min
104: Juliet Stevenson, Janice Galloway, Bart Van Es and more.
Feb 1, 2019 • 57 min
Limmy - Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny
Feb 1, 2019 • 20 min
After recording the audio version of his autobiography at the RNIB Talking Book studios in Glasgow, Brian Limond, better known as Limmy, chats to Robert Kirkwood about mental health, Yoker, book tours and Twitch … and he turns the weans against us.
103: Costa Book Awards with Bart Van Es, Hilary McKay and J. O. Morgan
Jan 25, 2019 • 57 min
102: Lucy Foley, Guy Kennaway and June Whitfield
Jan 18, 2019 • 57 min
101: Stuart Turton, Candy Gourlay and Professor Richard Wiseman
Jan 11, 2019 • 57 min
100: Episode 100 - Red Szell and Robert Kirkwood look back at 2018 and beyond.
Jan 4, 2019 • 57 min
99: Nigella Lawson, Sue Moorcroft and A Song of Ice and Fire
Dec 21, 2018 • 57 min
Nigella Lawson - How to Eat
Dec 21, 2018 • 28 min
Red chats to Nigella Lawson about the re-issued version of her book, ‘How To Eat’ and about narrating the new version.
Game of Thrones - Fire and Blood
Dec 21, 2018 • 6 min
Robert Kirkwood has a listen to Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones, a history of the Targaryens andThe World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, both available in the Talking Books library.
98: Sir Derek Jacobi, Tony Hawks and Regina Reagan
Dec 14, 2018 • 57 min
97: Nicolas Parsons, Lorelei King, Jessica Taylor-Bearman, and much more.
Dec 7, 2018 • 57 min
StoryTeller: How to be an Audiobook Narrator
Dec 7, 2018 • 20 min
Red Szell chats to Audible Hall of Fame narrator Lorelei King and award-winning director Ali Muirden who tell all about what goes into audio book narration. Clipped from Read On 97
96: Cara Hunter, David Thorpe, Mitch Cullen and Kolymsky Heights
Nov 30, 2018 • 57 min
The Book Group - The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Nov 27, 2018 • 31 min
This time our blind and partially sighted readers discuss the RNIB Talking Book of ‘The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
95: Book Week Scotland (2018)
Nov 23, 2018 • 57 min
94: The Guilty Feminist, I Sold My Guide Dog on Ebay and more
Nov 20, 2018 • 57 min
93: The Armistice in Literature
Nov 9, 2018 • 57 min
92: Spike Milligan, Julian Clary and Michael Bentine
Nov 2, 2018 • 57 min
Recording Spike Milligan’s War Diaries
Nov 2, 2018 • 33 min
Great news folks! Some never heard before Spike Milligan! Robert Kirkwood speaks to Robert Nichol about recording the audio versions of Spike’s War Diaries and how it was working with Spike himself, while reviewing the books from Volume 1 Adolf Hitler my…
91: Kate Helm, David Mitchell, Daisy Johnson and more.
Oct 26, 2018 • 57 min
90: Read On - RNIB at 150
Oct 19, 2018 • 57 min
This week we’re celebrating RNIB’s 150th Anniversary in books and voices both past and present…. Robert Kirkwood explores the biography of RNIB’s founding father, Thomas Rhodes Armitage One of RNIB’s longest-serving narrators, Elizabeth Proud, discusses…
Man Booker Prize 2018 - Rachel Kushner
Oct 16, 2018 • 14 min
The last author we interviewed for this year’s Man Booker Prize is Rachel Kushner, about her book, ‘The Mars Room’. She spoke to Robert Kirkwood.
Man Booker Prize 2018 - Daisy Johnson
Oct 16, 2018 • 8 min
In a new interview (and this time not at a noisy party!) Red Szell talks to the youngest ever shortlisted author about her book ‘Everything Under’ … and listen out for more from Daisy in our Halloween themed show soon.
Man Booker Prize 2018 - Robin Robertson
Oct 16, 2018 • 14 min
Robin Robertson’s ‘The Long Take’ is the first verse novel to make the Man Booker Shortlist. He spoke to Red Szell.
Man Booker Prize 2018 Winner - Anna Burns ‘Milkman’ Review
Oct 16, 2018 • 2 min
Anna Burns is the 2018 Book Prize winner for her book Milkman. Anna doesn’t like giving interviews so here’s Red Szell with a review of the book.
Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist Special
Oct 16, 2018 • 57 min
RNIB - 150th Anniversary wishes.
Oct 15, 2018 • 3 min
Authors, narrators, service users and much more wish RNIB a happy 150th!
89: Man Booker Prize 2018
Oct 12, 2018 • 57 min
Man Booker Prize 2018 - Richard Powers
Oct 12, 2018 • 16 min
The Booker shortlisted author joins Robert Kirkwood down the line to discuss his book, ‘The Overstory.’ Clipped from Read On #89
Man Booker Prize 2018 - Esi Edugyan
Oct 12, 2018 • 15 min
The Man Booker Prize shortlisted author talked to Red Szell via Skype about her book, ‘Washington Black.’ Clipped from Read On #89
Special Feature - RNIB 150 - Thomas Rhodes Armitage
Oct 10, 2018 • 13 min
For the first time ever, sections of a book written by the founder of RNIB, have been specially recorded for RNIB Connect Radio. Thomas Rhodes Armitage wrote about the formation of his society in 1871, and we’ll let his words take up the story … It’s read…
Booker Prize 2009 - Hilary Mantel
Oct 10, 2018 • 21 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood speaks to Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel when she first won the award in 2009.
88: Live at the Wigtown Book Festival (2018)
Oct 5, 2018 • 57 min
Booker Prize 2016 - Paul Beatty
Oct 5, 2018 • 8 min
Before the Booker Prize was announced in 2016, Robert Kirkwood spoke to Paul Beatty before he was declared the winner.
Booker Prize 2015 - Marlon James
Oct 5, 2018 • 8 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood chats to Marlon James about his book, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings ‘.
Booker Prize 2014 - Richard Flanagan
Oct 5, 2018 • 12 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood chats to Richard Flannigan about ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ before it wins the Booker.
Booker Prize 2013 - Eleanor Catton
Oct 5, 2018 • 12 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood speaks to Eleanor Catton, just before she wins the Booker Prize in 2013
Booker Prize 2012 - Hilary Mantel
Oct 5, 2018 • 12 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood speaks to Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel.
Booker Prize 2011 - Julian Barnes
Oct 5, 2018 • 13 min
From the archives, Robert Kirkwood talks to Julian Barnes about ‘The Sense of an Ending’ before it won the Booker in 2011
87: Catherine Cookson Week
Sep 28, 2018 • 57 min
Catherine Cookson Week - Tom and Catherine
Sep 27, 2018 • 8 min
It’s Catherine Cookson Week on RNIB Connect Radio and all week we’re celebrating one of the UKs best loved authors and thanking the Catherine Cookson Charitable trust for their continued support of RNIB and the Talking Books service. Today playwright Tom…
86: Continuing the Classics with Sophie Hannah, David Brawn and Lynn Shepherd
Sep 21, 2018 • 57 min
85: Tessa Fontaine, Deborah Harkness, and a nuclear reaction.
Sep 14, 2018 • 57 min
Roald Dahl at the RNIB Talking Book Studios
Sep 13, 2018 • 3 min
84: Texas Hold ‘Em and more
Sep 7, 2018 • 57 min
The Book Group - The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap
Sep 3, 2018 • 48 min
Our blind and partially sighted Book Group discuss a book with sight loss at its core, The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap. Please note there are some small SPOILERS in this episode but as its a book that has been just released we avoided talking about its…
The Book Group - The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Sep 3, 2018 • 31 min
This month the book group discuss the winner of the Man Booker Prize from 2011, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. What will our group of blind and partially sighted book lovers think about it as they listen to the RNIB Talking Book version?
The Book Group - Autumn by Ali Smith
Sep 3, 2018 • 35 min
This month our blind and partially sighted readers discuss Autumn by Ali Smith, shortlisted for the 2017 Booker Prize. Please note this show contains SPOILERS for the book.
The Book Group - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Sep 3, 2018 • 30 min
SPOILER WARNING! Don’t listen unless you’ve read the book! Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. This month our blind and partially sighted book group discuss Eleanor Oliphant is…
The Book Group - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Sep 3, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode our blind and partially sighted book group discuss Margaret Atwood’s The Haidmaid’s Tale, and we’re joined by new member Lillian. What will they think this month?
The Book Group - A Month in the Country by JL Carr
Sep 3, 2018 • 33 min
This month the group discuss J.L. Carr’s A Moth in the Country. A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in…
The Book Group - Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Sep 3, 2018 • 34 min
This month the group discuss a book voted as ‘the best book about Britain’. Do they agree with that, and did they enjoy it? Join our group of blind and partially sighted readers in the Book Group.
The Book Group - Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Sep 3, 2018 • 30 min
Join the conversation with a real group of blind and partially sighted book lovers and Talking Book users. This month the book group discuss Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
The Book Group - Pilot
Sep 3, 2018 • 41 min
Join our brand new book group as they talk about reading with sight loss, missing print books, and the Talking Books that have inspired and delighted them.
83: Michael Palin, Chris Hadfield, Anthony Horowitz and more
Aug 31, 2018 • 57 min
Penguin Random House and RNIB announce new partnership.
Aug 30, 2018 • 5 min
Today Penguin Random House UK has launched a new partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) by signing up to two of the charity’s programmes - RNIB Bookshare and Talking Books. Red Szell and Robert Kirkwood discuss some titles ……
82: Lissa Evans, Sam West and Anthony McGowan
Aug 24, 2018 • 57 min
81: Bernard Cornwell, Huw Parmenter and Moira Forsyth.
Aug 17, 2018 • 57 min
80: The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti
Aug 10, 2018 • 57 min
79: The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap
Aug 3, 2018 • 57 min
78: Book Festival Special
Jul 27, 2018 • 57 min
77: Alan Bennett, Angie Thomas, N.B. Dixon and more
Jul 20, 2018 • 57 min
Carys White on Accessible Literature
Jul 20, 2018 • 12 min
CILIP Carnegie shadower Carys White tells the audience at this year’s award ceremony about accessible formats and chats to Red Szell about her love of reading and literature. Clipped from Read On #77
76: RNIB Writing Competition
Jul 13, 2018 • 57 min
75: The Golden Man Booker Prize
Jul 6, 2018 • 57 min
74: Nicholas Parsons, Agatha Christie and The Animals of Farthing Wood
Jun 29, 2018 • 57 min
73: Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Geraldine McCaughrean and more
Jun 22, 2018 • 57 min
72: Hannah Kohler, Anthony Bourdain, Sarah J Harris and more
Jun 15, 2018 • 57 min
71: Sarah J Harris, Candia McWilliam, David Graham, and Andrew Pettigrew.
Jun 8, 2018 • 57 min
Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour Jamboree - Special Feature
Jun 8, 2018 • 21 min
On 6 June 2018, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour hosted an all-star author line-up at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. To celebrate some of the UK’s best children’s…
70: CILIP Carnegie with Will Hill, Geraldine McCaughrean and Ruta Sepetys
Jun 1, 2018 • 57 min
69: Mark Billingham, Matthew Parris, Emma Swan and Chris Brookmyre
May 25, 2018 • 57 min
68: Fay Weldon, Garrick Hagon, Joanne Harris and Ruta Sepetys
May 18, 2018 • 57 min
67: Live at the Boswell Book Festival (2018)
May 11, 2018 • 57 min
66: CILIP Carnegie with Marcus Sedgwick, Anthony McGowan and Lauren Wolk
May 4, 2018 • 57 min
65: Laura Barnett, Minette Walters and 617 Squadron.
Apr 27, 2018 • 57 min
64: Marion Rankine, Lucy Worsley and a listener’s hidden gem.
Apr 20, 2018 • 57 min
Lucy Worsley - ‘Jane Austen at Home: A Biography’
Apr 20, 2018 • 13 min
Historian Lucy Worsley tells us why she thinks Jane Austen failed to find success in her own lifetime. Clipped from Read On 64
63: Dave Steele, Liz Pichon and poetry from RNIB
Apr 13, 2018 • 57 min
62: Henry Blofeld, Neil Oliver and Caroline Lennon
Apr 6, 2018 • 57 min
61: Tony Parsons, Phil Jupitus and Harriet Lane.
Mar 30, 2018 • 57 min
Shaun Bythell - ‘Diary of a Bookseller’
Mar 23, 2018 • 10 min
We go behind the counter and learn about the sometimes funny and sometimes frustrating life of owning a bookshop as Shaun Bythell talks about his ‘Diary of a Bookseller’. Clipped from the non-fiction ‘best of’ Read On episode 60, first played September…
60: Ben McIntyre, James Boswell and Shaun Bythell’s ’ The Diary of a Bookseller’
Mar 23, 2018 • 57 min
59: Susie Steiner, Julian Barnes, narrator Beverly Klein and The Book Group
Mar 16, 2018 • 57 min
58: Comedy with Robin Ince, Helen Lederer and writer of Mr. Bean, Robin Driscoll
Mar 9, 2018 • 57 min
57: Patrick Gale, David Munro, Verity Smith and the RNIB Writing Competition
Mar 2, 2018 • 57 min
56: Jess Townsend on Nevermoor, a visit to AyeWrite!, a Thunderdog and more.
Feb 23, 2018 • 57 min
AyeWrite! - Favourite moments from Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre, Alan Bisset, Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan
Feb 23, 2018 • 6 min
As this year’s AyeWrite! approaches, Robert Kirkwood chats to Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre, Alan Bisset, Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan about some of their favourite memories of the Glasgow Book Festival.
55: Lucinda Hawksley, Peter Ross, David Aldwinckle and making a Talking Book
Feb 16, 2018 • 57 min
54: A.L. Kennedy and Mark Haddon
Feb 9, 2018 • 57 min
53: Rachel Ward, Peter Kenny, Harry Potter and the Costa Book of the Year
Feb 2, 2018 • 57 min
52: The Costa Book Awards with Jon McGregor, Rebecca Stott and Katherine Rundell
Jan 26, 2018 • 57 min
51: The Costa Book Awards with Gail Honeyman, Ali Smith and Sebastian Barry
Jan 19, 2018 • 57 min
50: Peter Ross, Ali Smith, Philip Reeve and the Book Group.
Jan 12, 2018 • 57 min
49: Neil Gaiman, Mark Miodownik and Laurence Bouvard
Jan 5, 2018 • 57 min
Philip Pullman - ‘The Book of Dust’
Dec 22, 2017 • 20 min
The author of ‘His Dark Materials’ joins Red Szell in the Talking Book studios to talk about his new trilogy, ‘The Book of Dust’ and the first book which is out now, ‘La Belle Sauvage.’ Clipped from Read On Episode 48
48: Philip Pullman, Andy Miller and Andy Secombe
Dec 22, 2017 • 57 min
47: Eddie Izzard’s Lost Christmas and ‘The Robin: A biography’
Dec 15, 2017 • 57 min
46: John Bew, Marian Veevers and Jonathan Dimbleby
Dec 8, 2017 • 57 min
45: Book Week Scotland (2017)
Dec 1, 2017 • 57 min
44: Mountains, Horses and Guns with Chris Bonington, Gary Younge, and Susanna Forrest.
Nov 24, 2017 • 57 min
43: YA Books and more with Lauren St. John, Andrew Beasley, Adjoa Andoh and His Dark Materials
Nov 17, 2017 • 57 min
42: The First Talking Books - Documentary Special
Nov 10, 2017 • 57 min
41: David Mitchell, Jessica Fox and Gail Honeyman
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
40: David Szalay, James Herbert, audio archives and books for Halloween.
Oct 27, 2017 • 57 min
James Herbert - Uncut
Oct 27, 2017 • 35 min
39: Man Booker 2017
Oct 23, 2017 • 57 min
Man Booker 2017 Winner - George Saunders ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
Oct 17, 2017 • 10 min
The Booker shortlisted author tells Robert Kirkwood about his first full length novel after a career as the ‘master of the short story’, and discusses the work involved in having over 160 narrators on a book.
Man Booker 2017 - Mohsin Hamid ‘Exit West’
Oct 16, 2017 • 19 min
Red Szell chats to the Booker Shortlisted author about ‘Exit West’, about loss and religion and how Mohsin reads all the American audio versions of his books.
Man Booker 2017 - Ali Smith ‘Autumn’
Oct 13, 2017 • 13 min
With a fourth book on the Booker shortlist, Ali Smith talks to Red Szell about how quickly it was published, about Brexit, and about keeping excitement at bay - - Extended interview including parts that didn’t make the broadcast.
Man Booker 2017 - Emily Fridlund ‘History of Wolves’
Oct 13, 2017 • 13 min
The author talks to Robert Kirkwood about her novel, and about being a bit distracted when she discovered she was on the Booker Longlist - Extended interview including parts that didn’t make the broadcast.
Man Booker 2017 - Fiona Mozley - ‘Elmet’
Oct 13, 2017 • 9 min
The Booker shortlisted author talks to Red Szell about ‘Elmet’ and how she was influenced by Westerns and wrote some of the book on her phone - Extended interview including parts that didn’t make the broadcast.
Man Booker 2017 - Paul Auster ‘4-3-2-1’
Oct 13, 2017 • 12 min
The Booker shortlisted author talks to Robert Kirkwood about his novel ‘4 3 2 1’ and about reading the 36 hour audio version himself. - Extended interview including parts that didn’t make the broadcast.
Jeff Wayne on ‘War of the Worlds’
Oct 13, 2017 • 12 min
The composer tells Robert Kirkwood how H.G. Wells inspired a whole rock opera.
38: Sci-Fi with Jeff Wayne, Blade Runner, Philip Reeve and the first Dalek.
Oct 13, 2017 • 57 min
37: Literature Locked Up
Oct 6, 2017 • 57 min
36: Live at the Wigtown Book Festival (2017)
Sep 29, 2017 • 57 min
35: Rowing the Pacific, Tony Hawks in the West Country and narrating for RNIB.
Sep 22, 2017 • 57 min
Live at Wigtown Book Festival (2016)
Sep 21, 2017 • 57 min
Jane and Stephen Hawking - The Theory of Everything
Sep 19, 2017 • 10 min
Robert Kirkwood talks to Jane Hawking about her memoir that was adapted into the movie, The Theory of Everything and discovers some Stephen Hawking books in the library.
34: Little Deaths, Clover Moon and The Theory of Everything
Sep 15, 2017 • 57 min
33: Ben MacIntyre, Ruta Sepetys and Lin Anderson on Bloody Scotland,
Sep 8, 2017 • 57 min
32: Travel Special with Bill Bryson, Jasper Winn, and John Keay.
Sep 1, 2017 • 57 min
The Death of Diana - A Talking Books Special read by Jim Broadbent
Aug 31, 2017 • 27 min
Read by Jim Broadbent exclusively for RNIB Talking Books, the Death of Diana by David Lodge is the author’s reflections of Diana as a public figure and an attempt to understand the outpouring of grief felt 20 years ago.
31: Graeme Macrae Burnet - Live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2017)
Aug 25, 2017 • 57 min
30: Live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with Red Szell
Aug 18, 2017 • 57 min
29: Oscar Winning Books
Aug 16, 2017 • 57 min
28: Children’s and YA with Jonathan Meres, Zana Fraillon and Lari Don.
Aug 4, 2017 • 57 min
27: Michael Bond, Sebastian Faulks and Laurence Bouvard
Jul 28, 2017 • 57 min
Recording The Ramayana
Jul 28, 2017 • 8 min
Two brothers wrote and recorded a version of The Ramayana, and donated it to RNIB Talking Books .. Clare Carson has their story.
Michael Bond - The origins of Paddington
Jul 28, 2017 • 18 min
In memory of the late creator of Paddington Bear, here he is when he visited the Talking Book studios to chat to Robert Kirkwood about the origins of that bear from darkest Peru.
Limmy - Daft Wee Stories
Jul 28, 2017 • 11 min
With Limmy’s new book “That’s Yer Lot” entering the TB library we went back to his first book for our short story episode and explored some really ‘Daft Wee Stories’
26: Louis de Bernieres and Limmy on short stories.
Jul 21, 2017 • 57 min
Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythologies
Jul 14, 2017 • 27 min
The author of Coraline, The Sandman and American Gods, amongst many others, joins Hannah Tausz for an exclusive chat. They discuss his new book, Norse Mythologies, his eyesight, collaborations, and the books that shaped him, before he was old enough to…
25: Neil Gaiman, Philip Reeve and more
Jul 14, 2017 • 57 min
Monty Don - A French Garden Oddessy
Jul 13, 2017 • 15 min
Monty talks to Robert Kirkwood about his book The Road to Le Thonolet and with blind gardener Kevin Smith talks about the sensory experience of the garden.
Game of Thrones books available from RNIB Library
Jul 13, 2017 • 1 min
Can’t get enough of the new series, or want to learn more about A Song of Ice and Fire? Well all of the books are available from RNIB
24: Ann Cleeves, Monty Don, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Wolf Brother
Jul 7, 2017 • 57 min
23: Blind Authors with Mark Hardie, Harriet Lane and Joanna Trollope.
Jun 30, 2017 • 57 min
Julia Donaldson - Illustrations in audio
Jun 28, 2017 • 11 min
When Julia Donaldson came to RNIB to read Freddy and the Fairy a problem arose. How to deal with pages with no text? Robert Kirkwood finds out.
22: The voice of Buffy and other American Imports
Jun 23, 2017 • 57 min
Bill Bryson - The lost travel book, dogs, Katz and more.
Jun 22, 2017 • 34 min
From the archives, an interview with the best selling non-fiction writer, Bill Bryson. Find out about his lost book, why dogs hate him and why he could’ve swapped Stephen Katz for a plank of wood at one point during his Walk in the Woods. #LoveAudio
21: Children’s and YA with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Julia Donadson and more.
Jun 16, 2017 • 57 min
Gail Honeyman - ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’
Jun 9, 2017 • 15 min
The author tells Robert Kirkwood about her debut novel and how it came to be one of the biggest releases of 2017
20: Gail Honeyman and Tony Parsons on Chic Lit and Man Lit
Jun 9, 2017 • 57 min
19: The voices of RNIB Talking Books
May 30, 2017 • 57 min
18: Live at the Boswell Book Festival (2017)
May 19, 2017 • 57 min
17: RNIB Writing Competition
May 12, 2017 • 57 min
Julian Fellowes - Behind the scenes of Belgravia
May 9, 2017 • 13 min
Robert Kirkwood talks to the team behind the innovative serialisation of Julian Fellowes Belgravia in audio and e-text.
16: Stories of Love with Sarah Mallory and Francesca Segal.
May 9, 2017 • 57 min
15: Jane Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and Julian Fellowes
Apr 28, 2017 • 57 min
14: Crime with Peter Robinson, Kate London and remembering Colin Dexter.
Apr 21, 2017 • 57 min
13: Joanne Harris and Tanya Landman on what makes a prizewinning book
Apr 7, 2017 • 57 min
12: Days That Changed The World
Mar 31, 2017 • 57 min
Booker 2016 - Paul Beatty: ‘The Sellout’
Mar 24, 2017 • 9 min
Robert Kirkwood talks to Paul Beatty about his prize-winning book. #RNIBConnect, #readonair
11: Through The Looking Glass of Satire
Mar 24, 2017 • 57 min
10: Sam Hepburn, Kate Hamer and Graeme Macrae Burnet on the Psychological Thriller
Mar 20, 2017 • 57 min
Verity Smith - The Groper’s Guide
Mar 10, 2017 • 12 min
Bonus Content - Verity talks to Red about the perils of writing when you can’t see the page and shares some of the books of her life.
9: Blind Authors with Verity Smith, Mike Brace and Dianne Woodford.
Mar 10, 2017 • 57 min
Jo Brand - Look Back in Hunger
Mar 6, 2017 • 8 min
Bonus Content - Jo Brand talks to Claire Carson about her experience of writing as opposed to doing the rounds on the comedy circuit and the challenges of both! #readonair #RNIBConnect
Limmy - That’s Yer Lot
Mar 6, 2017 • 11 min
Bonus Content - Limmy talks to Robert Kirkwood about his new book and gives Read On Air a world exclusive preview of the audiobook. #readonair #RNIBConnect
8: Comedy in books with Limmy, Jerome K Jerome and Jo Brand.
Mar 3, 2017 • 58 min
7: Piers Plowright and the Talking Book narrators on what makes a good book?
Feb 25, 2017 • 57 min
6: Childhood memoirs with Esther Freud on Hideous Kinky
Feb 17, 2017 • 57 min
5: Irvine Welsh, Kate Summerscale and translating a book for the screen.
Feb 10, 2017 • 57 min
4: Non Fiction with Mark Miodownik, Lynne Reid Banks, Stephen Grosz and John Aitchison
Feb 4, 2017 • 57 min
3: Sebastian Barry, Joanne Harris and The Kilmarnock Edition of Robert Burns
Jan 27, 2017 • 57 min
2: The Great Spy Debate, Narrator David Thorpe, Creating a Book Group
Jan 23, 2017 • 57 min
1: The History of the Talking Book
Jan 13, 2017 • 57 min