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Download Richard Wiseman   (10.52 MB)

Richard Wiseman

Why do we enjoy being scared? Why do we watch horror films, scary TV shows and listen to frightening books? I ask Richard Wiseman, author and the Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Download Colonel Chris Hadfield   (9.62 MB)

Colonel Chris Hadfield

Author Interview - From the ISS to author, astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his book 'The Darkest Dark' and about weightless reading.

Download Neil Oliver   (10.13 MB)

Neil Oliver

Author Interview - The historian talks about his fiction and non-fiction books and his current project in Western Australia

Download Susan Calman   (3.21 MB)

Susan Calman

Author Interview - Robert Kirkwood chats to Susan Calamn at the Wigtown Book Festival about her book on depression, 'Cheer Up Love'

Download Scotland's Sounds   (13.16 MB)

Scotland's Sounds

With the National Library of Scotland, Robert Kirkwood explores the importance of archiving and preserving our archives sound recordings.

Download Alexander McCall Smith   (13.88 MB)

Alexander McCall Smith

Author Interview - A chat with the author of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, the Scotland Street stories and more

Download Helen Lederer   (8.31 MB)

Helen Lederer

Author Interview - The comedienne and author tells me about her first book, Losing It.

Download Andy Miller   (7.22 MB)

Andy Miller

Author Interview - A Year of Reading Dangerously ... and thinking reading audiobooks was easy!

Download Jane Hawking   (9.44 MB)

Jane Hawking

Author Interview - A talk with the former wife of Professor Stephen Hawking and a listen to some of his books available in the Talking Books Library

Download Jeremy Paxman   (12.95 MB)

Jeremy Paxman

The former Newsnight presenter talks to Robert Kirkwood about 'Great Britain's Great War

Download Making a Talking Book   (11.65 MB)

Making a Talking Book

How is a Talking Book selected, recorded and eventually recycled?

Download Comics Empower   (12.42 MB)

Comics Empower

A comic book store specifically for blind and partially sighted people, hear how it started and listen to some adventures right now.

Download Short Story - Sandy and Her Beautiful Sisters by Antonia Fraser   (27.20 MB)

Short Story - Sandy and Her Beautiful Sisters by Antonia Fraser

Helena Bonham Carter reads this modern fairy tale from Antonia Fraser.

Download Short Story - Old Smokeytoes by Louis de Bernieres   (11.12 MB)

Short Story - Old Smokeytoes by Louis de Bernieres

A dictator reflects on his life in this exclusive piece of writing from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, read by the late, great Nigel Graham.

Download The Making of Belgravia   (11.91 MB)

The Making of Belgravia

I talk to Susan Howe and Marissa Hussey from Orion about the story of Belgravia and how the dedicated app was made.

Download Victor Gregg on 'Rifleman'   (10.19 MB)

Victor Gregg on 'Rifleman'

As 'Rifleman' by Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud enters the Talking Books library, I talk to them both about the writing of the book and about Victor's remarkable survival.

Download Julian Fellowes on Belgravia   (6.50 MB)

Julian Fellowes on Belgravia

The Chairman of the RNIB Talking Books appeal tells us about his new book, and the unique way it's being released, including on RNIB Overdrive.

Download AyeWrite! Memories   (6.49 MB)

AyeWrite! Memories

Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh and more chat to me about Glasgow's Book Festival AyeWrite! and tell me about their favourite moments.

Download Short Story - Ida Tamson by Denise Mina   (37.39 MB)

Short Story - Ida Tamson by Denise Mina

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.

Download Marlon James - Booker 2015 Winner   (8.13 MB)

Marlon James - Booker 2015 Winner

I chat to Marlon James about 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Download Bill Bryson   (33.13 MB)

Bill Bryson

Author Interview - I chat with Bill Bryson about his travel and history books, and ask him about his lost book, 'Palace Under the Alps'

Download Robert Burn's Kilmarnock Edition   (14.29 MB)

Robert Burn's Kilmarnock Edition

Celebrating the publication of 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect' by Robert Burns with poets old and new.

Download Prequels and Sequels   (7.78 MB)

Prequels and Sequels

Star Wars and Talking Books Ep 4. A listen to some books based on the prequels and Timothy Zahn's now defunct sequel trilogy.

Download Peter Cushing and Mark Hamill   (6.34 MB)

Peter Cushing and Mark Hamill

Star Wars and Talking Books Ep 3. Grand Moff Tarkin and Luke Skywalker read books that are in the RNIB library

Download The Two Kenobi's   (6.73 MB)

The Two Kenobi's

Star Wars and Talking Books Ep 1. Books in the RNIB library written by and read by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Download An X-Wing Pilot, an Imperial Officer and a droid   (5.79 MB)

An X-Wing Pilot, an Imperial Officer and a droid

Star Wars and Talking Books Ep 2. We hear from Garrick Hagon, Jonathan Oliver and Anthony Daniels

Download Michael Palin   (10.80 MB)

Michael Palin

Author Interview - Does Michael Palin still get nervous? What line did he fluff during Monty Python Live? And at 71 has he stopped travelling? Robert Kirkwood finds out

Download Kim Newman   (17.76 MB)

Kim Newman

Author Interview - 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.

Download Limmy   (9.89 MB)


Author Interview - Some 'Daft Wee Stories' with Brian Limond AKA Limmy

Download Andrew O'Hagan   (8.59 MB)

Andrew O'Hagan

Author Interview - At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I chat to the author about his current work and his past career writing for Blind Veterans UK (St. Dunstan's)

Download Alan Bennett   (10.43 MB)

Alan Bennett

Author Interview - I chat to Alan Bennett about awards, being a 'national treasure' and about Family Guy

Download Welcome to Talking Books   (2.96 MB)

Welcome to Talking Books

Welcome to Read On and Talking Books from RNIB's Insight Radio

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