Sudden Life Changes – Michelle Obama

The bookshops are full of Michelle Obama's autobiography: "Becoming".  Here is an audio recording of her reading her own words (on BBC), recording the start of what it was like to become First Lady.  Click here to access audio recording, if you live in the UK.  (I'm not quire sure how you'd access this, if …

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The Art of Conversation – Studs Turkel Archive

Basically, you need never be bored again.  An immense archive of  the great audio interviewer and social historian and researcher, Studs Turkel, speaking over 40 years with great thinkers, movers and shakers as well as people less famous - has been properly curated and placed online.  This is America, talking to itself, about its hopes and …

“Invisible College” – writing advice

"The Invisible College" is a BBC series of programme, available free on i-tunes as podcasts, or listenable to on half-hour programmes.  They encourage creative writing and are now on series 2 (broadcasting Mondays, 4 pm, Radio4 FM).  Catch all previous episodes on BBC i-player, titled "Invisible College". Brilliantly, the BBC are pulling on their recordings of all …

Gravy 2 ways

1)A 2 minute audio excerpt from classic Hancock (for those of you listening on the black and white wireless) on the subject of spectacularly poor cooking: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028vwlw   2) And another viewpoint on gravy - a poem - viewable in book "Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy" edited by Neil Astley and at blog https://thereisnocavalry.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/gravy-by-raymond-carver/