Anthony and Ben Holden introduce readings from poems which move a host of eminent men, including Melvyn Bragg, Richard Dawkins, Ian McEwan, Richard Eyre, Mike Leigh, Simon McBurney, Ben Okri, Simon Russell Beale and Simon Schama.
6pm, Tuesday 29 April
The perennial playwright discusses his work with Nicholas Hytner.
7pm, Wednesday 7 May
Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn discuss the play and what they’ve discovered about the mother/daughter relationship at its heart.
3pm, Friday 9 May
Craig Brown celebrates his 25 glorious years with Private Eye, with a little help from his friends Eleanor Bron, Ian Hislop, Jan Ravens, Peter Serafinowicz and A N Wilson
6pm, Friday 9 May
Kenneth Cranham and Deborah Findlay read WWI poetry, and Josephine Hart’s potent introductions.
6pm, Friday 16 May
The later work of Sean O'Casey is explored by Mairead Delaney, Wayne Jordan, PJ Mathews and James Moran, with readings by NT actors.
10.30am, Saturday 17 May
The film and stage director talks about his acclaimed production.
5.30pm, Monday 19 May
Michael Palin tells the story of how the famous shows and films were conceived and brought to hilarious life in his new book, Monty Python at Work.
6pm, Monday 2 June
Two actors share their comedy experiences in their new books, Curious and The Rules of Acting.
6pm, Friday 13 June
Nigel Lindsay and Debra Gillett discuss the play and what they’ve discovered about the husband/wife relationship at its heart.
3pm, Thursday 26 June
Aidan McArdle and Ronan Raftery discuss the play and what they’ve discovered about the father/son relationship at its heart.
3pm, Thursday 3 July
The writers of this year’s Connections plays discuss their experience of the festival.
6pm, Monday 7 July
In Fighting on the Home Front, the distinguished journalist explores the momentous legacy of women in WWI.
6pm, Thursday 31 July
The director and writer talks about his novel, The Disappearance Boy, set in the tarnished world of 1950s variety theatres.
6pm, Friday 1 August
The director and playwright talk about their new version of Euripides’ tragedy.
6pm, Tuesday 12 August
Classicist Edith Hall and psychiatrist Femi Oyebode take a contemporary view of whether Medea’s behaviour is determined by 'madness'.
6pm, Tuesday 19 August
Forensic psychiatrist Christopher Cordess and academic Julia Stroud look at the result of social environments on revenge killings and their psychological impact.
6pm, Thursday 21 August
Historian Bettany Hughes and theatre scholar Oliver Taplin discuss the place of women in religion and their depiction as dangerous and tragic figures.
6pm, Monday 1 September
Author, Mark Haddon and Olivier-Award winning playwright Simon Stephens, talk about the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
5pm, Tuesday 9 September
The writer and director discusses his new play, Ballyturk.
6pm, Friday 19 September
As his definitive biography of Tennessee Williams is published, John Lahr talks to Nicholas Hytner.
6pm, Monday 22 September
The playwright and director discuss the trilogy of plays about the kings of Scotland.
6pm, Friday 26 September