One arts charity, multiple fantastic Festivals.
From world exclusive events with international best-sellers, to launching careers of debut authors, the HIF Player Podcast brings the literary conversations, authors, critical thinkers, innovators and books from Harrogate International Festivals' famous stage to audiences around the world.
Margaret Heffernan: How To Map The Future
Want to take back the future? But how can we think about the future right now? What do we need to do – and who do we need to be?
For all the big questions in our lives we like to look towards Margaret Heffernan for answers. Do not miss the chance to see the award-winning business psychologist (her TED talks have been viewed by over 7 million people) as she joins host Helen Bagnall to explore the pandemic, preparedness, being more artist and less insurance salesman, and why we need less tech and messier human skills – imagination, humility, bravery – to create the futures we want and can believe in.
This event was recorded live as part of a programme of digital events for Berwins Salon North. Visit the HIF website to discover more from this fantastic arts, science and psychology series.
Podcast music by Joseph McDade
An Interview With: S.J. Watson
On today’s podcast episode the award winning author S.J. Watson sits down with Frankie Gray, to discuss his Yorkshire inspiration, his love of reading, being by the sea and his latest (brilliant) novel: Final Cut.
S.J Watson’s incredible first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success and has now sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide. It won the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award 2012. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014.
Podcast music by Joseph McDade.
Patricia Cornwell - UK Exclusive Event
International bestselling-author Patricia Cornwell talks to Alex Clark about her pulse-pounding thriller, Spin, featuring her brilliant and unusual new heroine, Captain Calli Chase.
Patricia Cornwell is one of world’s best-loved authors, with more than 120 million copies of her books in print and sold in more than 100 countries. Her research is unparalleled for its full and total immersion in the worlds she creates. For her new Captain Chase series, Cornwell travelled all over the US visiting NASA facilities and gained insider access to one of the world’s most secret and impregnable institutions. Along the way she learned to spacewalk, explored the training facilities used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and worked closely with many NASA scientists and astronauts.
This episode is kindly supported by Thomas and Mercer.
Podcast music by Joseph McDade.
Special Guests: Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon
Featuring: Val McDermid, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Who better to put the world to rights, and to help us celebrate Burns Night, than two Scottish supernovas!?
Best-selling author Val McDermid has been publishing acclaimed crime fiction for over 30 years. An international bestseller, her books have been translated into 40 different languages and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Passionate about writing, and Scotland, in her book My Scotland, she takes readers to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside.
An enthusiastic reader, the First Minister of Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon, views books as one of life’s great pleasures. She regularly shares her recommendations on social media on a Saturday night and is an avid supporter of libraries. She’s also become a regular interviewer of writers at book festivals. She has contributed the foreword to My Scotland.
This event was recorded live at 2019's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
Podcast music: Joseph McDade.
The Price Of A Life
Featuring: Harriet Tyce, Simon Kernick, Allie Reynolds and Lauren North.
Have you ever questioned what lengths you would be prepared to go to if a loved one was in danger?
What would push you over the edge to act out of character, even commit a crime?
Join us for a very special Harrogate International Festivals virtual event with bestselling crime thriller authors Harriet Tyce and Simon Kernick and introducing debut author Allie Reynolds, who will be discussing how they and their fictional characters have grappled with this question in their novels – chaired by author and host of In Suspense podcast Lauren North.
Elif Shafak in conversation with Matthew Stadlen
In the beautifully written and illuminating polemic, How To Stay Sane In An Age Of Division, Booker Prize nominee Elif Shafak reflects on our age of pessimism, when emotions guide and misguide our politics, and misinformation and fear are the norm. Shafak draws on her own memories and delves into the power of stories to reveal how writing can nurture democracy, tolerance and progress.
Elif Shafak in conversation with Matthew Stadlen was recorded live as part of the digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2020.
Podcast music by: Joseph McDade.