With James Naughtie. In a special 200th edition of the programme we celebrate the centenary of author Patrick O’Brian and Allan Mallinson is our guide to the first in his hugely popular series of Napoleonic naval stories, Master and Commander. Known as the Aubrey/Maturin novels, the twenty books are regarded by many as the most engaging historical novels ever written. Master and Commander establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent.
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John Hodgman reads from “More Information Than You Require” and Jonathan Coulton performs live at Coolidge
This all-too-brief and face-hurtingly funny reading segued into the musical portion of evening, with a buckskin-shirt-and-coonskin-cap-clad Coulton laying down a few gems. Here’s the set list, with helpful time demarcations:
- 37 min: An ode to Adama, Starbuck, those other wily Capricans, to the tune of the original Battlestar Galactica theme song
- 39 min: "Tom Cruise Crazy," which is just as awesome as it sounds
- 43 min: "The Future," a wistful sci-fi epic of adolescent angst
- 47 min: "Brookline," Coulton’s chronicle of getting sucked into the charming-yet-Lovecraftian vortex that is Brookline, thanks to Hodgman’s nefarious influence
- 52 min: "The Presidents," an "88 Lines About * 44 Women"-style ditty about all the presidents so far (a song that’s about to get a major retooling)
- 57 min: The evening’s grand finale, a moment of musical/literary history that MAY NEVER BE REPEATED, in which Hodgman picks up a ukelele and joins Coulton in an adorably wobbly rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me." Holy swoon.
Seamus Heaney reads from his translations at opening of International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference
Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, who has had a long and profound engagement with the literature of medieval England and Ireland, read a selection of his translations at the recent opening of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference.
Beginning with extracts from his version of Beowulf, Heaney read a selection of his translations of Old English and Medieval Irish poetry as well as poems on medieval topics.
Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
William Gibson is the author of ten books, including, most recently, the New York Times-bestselling trilogy Zero History, Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. Gibson’s 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace” in his short story “Burning Chrome,” and with popularizing the concept of the Internet while it was still largely unknown. He is also a co-author of the novel The Difference Engine, written with Bruce Sterling.
RSA Debate 23rd Jan 2013; 18:00 (full recording including audience Q&A)
What are the priorities for a new English curriculum? Should it enable our children and young people to be creative and communicate effectively in a global context, or is the most important thing to read and write accurately? Looking for the Heart of English involved 400 teachers discussing what really matters in learning English. The government has made proposals which do not meet the high expectations of these teachers and many others. The launch of Meeting High Expectations: will the new primary curriculum be good enough for our children? will bring out the vital learning which will enable young people to find their voices.
This event is part of the continuing conversation about English teaching and what learners really need. The high profile discussion will contribute to the consultation on the government proposals for a new curriculum.
The discussion will include those who contributed to the publication, including Michael Boyd, former artistic director, RSC; Chris Meade, co-director, If:book; Roger Billing, headteacher, Abbots Langley Primary School; and Jenny Lubuska, head of English, Hayes School.
Chair: Sue Horner, leader in education and the arts and chair, RSA Academies Board.
Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That’s compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.
The Night of the Hunter is a much-loved film, but author Julia Keller says the book it is based on is even better — a forgotten masterpiece. Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Tell us in the comments.
It wasn’t just the creepy carnival that drew Seth Grahame-Smith to Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was also the book’s frank portrayal of parents who don’t behave like grown-ups. Do you remember when you realized your parents weren’t perfect? Tell us about it in the comments.
I’ve been a bit quiet here because there’s been so much going on, so I thought I’d post this – a snippet of me reading from The Blind Giant. Feel free to download it and share it around, that’s the idea. I should probably have tacked on an ident, but I didn’t – I’ll do that next time, but it feels kinda tacky, and this is a species of experiment. (i.e. if no one remotely cares, I probably won’t do much of it!
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