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On Reading Season One: it’s a wrap 🎬


Thank you for being listeners of the first hour, and thank you to all our guests who gave us their precious time and insights into reading.

If you’ve missed any episodes, fear not! Here’s a recap of our varied, inspiring and generous podcastees.

🌞 Essayist and author, journalist, activist and literary curator Priya Basil tells Clementine about the importance of reaching for the unknown in literature – as well as in food! – in a bid to better understand and participate in the world.

🌞 Author Jenny Downham tells Bella about going from acting to writing, about the book that has accompanied her throughout her life and the risk of revisiting old favourite titles.

🌞 Author and literacy champion (and once editor for the English Football Association!) Dan Freedman tells Bella about the shame of being caught in his room reading, the books that changed his life, and those that inspired him on the writing path.

🌞 Illustrator Tor Freeman tells Clementine about holding literary characters as role models, the comfort of re-reading, and how great authors and artists spur her on to give her best as an illustrator.

🌞 Arts and foreign affairs journalist and literary curator Rosie Goldsmith tells Clementine about the joy of reading, her professional literary discoveries and how authors have much more power than they often realise.

🌞Author Candy Gourlay tells Bella about growing up under a dictatorship in the Philippines, about finding yourself – or not – in the books you are given as a child and how to redress the balance. 

🌞 Author Miriam Halahmy speaks to Will about the books which have shaped her life and writing, the performance aspect of reading, the importance of revisiting difficult books and the joys of discovering new cultures and cuisines through fiction.

🌞 Author and editor Simon Mason tells Bella how much reading is involved in editing a guide to classic novels, about the magical descriptions in Proust, the power of poetry and the joy of books as beautiful physical objects.

🌞 Political theorist, author and dancer Dana Mills speaks to Will about the importance of reading books from other cultures, what Kafka has taught her and how to ballet-stretch with a book in your hands.

🌞 Music composer Roxanna Panufnik tells Clementine which books inspired her work, and talks about the affinities between words and music, as well as how to catch the heartbeat of a bear.

🌞 Author and editor, education and art specialist Linda Sargent recalls with Bella a countryside childhood with books, and reveals how reading sustains and comforts and helps one to transcend the everyday.

🌞 Taekwondo master, founder of the Hiwa sports centre in Athens and asylum seeker Dana Sediq tells Clementine about learning how to read the hard way, what a book can mean when far from home, and reveals the peace and comfort books can bring in the harshest of situations.

🌞 Bookseller Margaret Wallace-Jones speaks to Clementine about her childhood village library, the books that made her a feminist and the comfort of poetry.

🌞 Author Lisa Williamson talks to Bella about growing up wanting to be anything but ordinary, The Art of Being Normal and how everyday life is, after all, extraordinary.

🌞 Broadcaster and journalist Claudia Winkleman tells Clementine about her reading routine, the book that turned her into a bookworm, and the power of art on giggly teenage girls.

And while you catch up, we will be preparing series two! Thank you for your presence.


 We wish you a happy summer with loads of listening – and reading, of course.


See you in October!


Your OR team,

Will, Bella and Clementine,


Ps: If you need reading inspiration, visit our Bookshop page, and for more info about our first fifteen guests, it’s all on our website at

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