Contact Us   0151 601 7636

Mark Ball talks about Books

 

 

"Mark Ball Talks About Books" is a series of half-hour talks on books, given by retired English teacher and genius from Birkenhead Sixth-Form College, Mark Ball. He talks about a variety of books on Saturdays at 8.00-8.30pm; the Sunday repeat is at 11.00-11.30am. He's got an entertaining and informative approach, and is well worth listening to.

 

Forthcoming topics:

93, 26th-27th August 2017: Albert Camus

92, 19th-20th August 2017: Piers Plowman

91, 12th-13th August 2017: The Leopard (Lampedusa)

90, 5th-6th August 2017: Nostromo (Joseph Conrad)

Previous Topics have been:

89,  29th-30th July 2017:  Wilfred Owen

88,  22nd-23rd July 2017:  Henry James

87,  15th-16th July 2017: Earl of Rochester

86,  8th-9th July 2017: T. H. White

85, 1st-2nd July 2017: R. S. Thomas

84, 24th-25th June 2017: Fyodor Dostoevsky

      17th-18th June 2017: 36, Geoffrey Chaucer (repeat)

83, 10th-11th June 2017: Louis MacNeice

82, 3rd-4th June 2017: Arthur Miller

81, 27th-28th May 2017: C. V. Cavafy

80, 20th-21st May 2017: Beowulf

      13th-14th May 2017: 34, Anthony and Cleopatra (repeat)

      6th-7th May 2017 : 33, T. S. Eliot and the Four Quartets (repeat)

      29th-30th April 2017: 32, Wind In The Willows (repeat)

79, 22nd-23rd April 2017:  Shakespeare's Sonnets

78, 15th-16th April 2017:  Graham Greene and John Ford

77, 8th-9th April 2017: John Clare

76, 1st-2nd April 2017: Noel Coward

75, 23rd-24th March 2017: Philip Larkin

74, 16th-17th March 2017, Dennis Potter and the 5 Marlowes

73, 9th-10th March 2017: Seamus Heaney

72, 2nd-3rd March 2017, Romeo and Juliet

71, 25th-26th February 2017:  Robert Burns

70, 18th-19th February 2017: Henrik Ibsen

69, 11th-12th February 2017: Ted Hughes

68, 4th-5th February 2017: Patrick Leigh-Fermor

67, 28th-29th January 2017: Sir Walter Scott

66, 21st-22nd January 2017: Dickens's "The Signalman"

65, 14th-15th January 2017: Lord Byron

64, 7th-8th January 2017: John Fowles

63, 31st December 2016 - 1st January 2017: Walt Whitman

[24th-25th December 2016, repeat of no.12, A Christmas Carol]

62, 17th-18th December 2016: Ernest Hemingway

61, 10th-11th December 2016: Gerard Manley Hopkins

60, 3rd-4th December 2016: Jonathan Swift

59, 26th-27th November 2016: Willa Cather and Truman Capote

58, 19th-20th November 2016: The Two Noble Kinsmen

57, 12th-13th November 2016: Jane Austen

56, 5th-6th November 2016: Daniel Defoe

55, 29th-30th October 2016: George Eliot

54, 22nd-23rd October 2016: John Milton

53, 15th-16th October 2016: Ford Madox Ford and Evelyn Waugh

52, 8th-9th October 2016: Virgil, Ovid and Catullus

51, 1st-2nd October 2016: John Buchan

50, 24th-25th September 2016: John Keats

49, 17th-18th September 2016: Elizabeth Bowen's "The Heat Of The Day"

48, 10th-11th September 2016: Othello

47, 3rd-4th September 2016: Cormac McCarthy

46, 27th-28th August: Lawrence Durrell

       [20th-21st August 2016: repeat of no.16, Don Quixote]

45, 13th-14th August 2016: Shakespeare's The Tempest

     [6th-7th August 2016: repeat of no.15, W. B. Yeats]

44, 30th-31st July 2016: William Wordsworth

43, 23rd-24th July 2016: Mark Twain

42, 16th-17th July 2016: Malory's Mort d'Arthur

41, 9th-10th July 2016: Christopher Marlowe

40, 2nd-3rd July 2016: Anton Chekhov

39, 25th-26th June 2016: Emily Dickinson

38, 18th-19th June 2016: The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)

37, 11th-12th June 2016: George Herbert

36, 4th-5th June 2016: Geoffrey Chaucer

35, 28th-29th May 2016: Andrew Marvell

34, 21st-22nd May 2016: Anthony And Cleopatra

33, 14th-15th May 2016: T. S. Eliot and "The Four Quartets"

32, 7th-8th May 2016: "Wind In The Willows"

31, 30th April-1st May 2016: Edward Thomas and Adlestrop

30, 23rd-24th April 2016: James Joyce's "Dubliners"

29, 16th-17th April 2016, A Midsummer Night's Dream

28, 9th-10th April 2016: John Donne

27, 2nd-3rd April 2016: Robert Louis Stevenson

26, 26th-27th March 2016: The Great Gatsby

25, 19th-20th March 2016: Ben Jonson

24, 12th-13th March 2016:  Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

23, 5th-6th March 2016:  Dylan Thomas

22, 27th-28th February 2016: D. H. Lawrence

21, 20th-21st February 2016: Kubla Khan

20, 13th-14th February 2016: The Last Of The Mohicans and The Western Genre

19, 6th-7th February 2016: Rudyard Kipling

18, 30th-31st January 2016: Wuthering Heights and The Bronte Sisters

17, 23rd-24th January 2016: Sherlock Holmes and the Detective Genre

16, 16th-17th January 2016: Don Quixote

15, 9th-10th January 2016: W. B. Yeats

14, 2nd-3rd January 2016: Karen Blixen and Orson Welles

13, 26th-27th December 2015: Falstaff

12, 19th-20th December 2015: A Christmas Carol

11, 12th-13th December 2015: War And Peace

10, 5th-6th December 2015: William Blake

9,  28th-29th November 2015: Great Expectations

8,  21st-22nd November 2015: King Lear

7,  14th-15th November 2015:  Thomas Hardy

6,  7th-8th November 2015: John Le Carr'e and the Spy Novel

5,  31st October 2015: Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

4,  24th October 2015: Sir Thomas Wyatt and Wolf Hall

3,  17th October 2015: Herman Melville and Moby Dick

2,  10th October 2015: Hamlet

1,  3rd October 2015:  Joseph Conrad