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Forthcoming events

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Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff in conversation with Margaret and Michael Rustin

Friday 20 June 2008 7.00-8.00pm

The writer and director talks about his work, how he creates his offbeat characters and the importance of family ties and secrets in his dramas

Director Penny Woolcock in conversation with Nicola Abel-Hirsch

Friday 27 June 2008 7.00-8.30pm

The director of Exodus talks about her obsession with extremes and with life on society's margins

Director Mike Leigh in conversation with Andrea Sabbadini

Sunday 29 June 2008 7.00-8.30pm

Mike Leigh talks about his films and plays, his working methods and influences

Children's author Julia Donaldson in conversation with Fatima Martinez del Solar

Sunday 13 July 2008 7.00-8.30pm

Theme: Children's books series

Julia Donaldson talks about her work including the popular Gruffalo series

Children's Laureate Michael Rosen in conversation with Hannah Solemani

Thursday 25 September 2008 8.30-10.00pm

Theme: Children's books series

Michael Rosen talks about his work and the part reading plays in the emotional life of children

Director Carrie Cracknell and writer Jenny Worton in conversation with Mary Morgan and Philip Stokoe

Saturday 1 November 2008 5.15-6.45pm

The director and writer discuss their production of I Am Falling

Writer and literary critic Al Alvarez in conversation with Ted Jacobs

Sunday 2 November 2008 7.00-8.30pm

Al Alvarez talks about the writer's search for a voice

Children's author Geraldine McCaughrean (Peter Pan in Scarlet) in conversation with Gerry Byrne

Sunday 7 December 2008

Theme: Children's books series

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Listen to the conversations

These are past Connecting Conversations events. Click on the listings to read an account of the event and to listen to the conversation and the questions and answers session that followed.

Directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett (Frantic Assembly) in conversation with Mary Morgan and Philip Stokoe

Friday 23 May 2008

Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett (Frantic Assembly) talk about the portrayal of an unravelling relationship in their latest production, Stockholm

Novelist and psychoanalyst Gregorio Kohon in conversation with Ignes Sodre and Leon Kleimberg

Friday 25 April 2008

Gregorio Kohon talked to fellow psychoanalysts about his novel Red Parrot, Wooden Leg

Children's author Martin Waddell in conversation with Jenny Stoker

Sunday 16 March 2008

Theme: Children's books series

Author Martin Waddell talked about the art of writing - and reading - for children

Author Lisa Appignanesi in conversation with Margot Waddell

Thursday 6 March 2008

A discussion about women's mental health conditions - are they a product of their era?

Playwright Diane Samuels in conversation with Ruth Barnett

Thursday 28 February 2008

Diane Samuels talked to Ruth Barnett about her new play, 3 Sisters on Hope Street

Novelist Esther Freud in conversation with John Tydeman

Friday 25 January 2008

Novelist Esther Freud talked about the themes of the absent father and coming-of-age explored in her latest novel, Love Falls

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion in conversation with Denis Flynn

Friday 7 December 2007

The Poet Laureate talked to psychoanalyst Denis Flynn about private thoughts and public expression

Novelist Salley Vickers in conversation with Michael Parsons

Friday 23 November 2007

Salley Vickers talked about her work including her latest novel, Where Three Roads Meet

Novelist Barry Unsworth in conversation with Ken Robinson

Friday 5 October 2007

Barry Unsworth talked about the art of writing and about his latest novel, A Ruby in her Navel

Biographer Brenda Maddox in conversation with Ken Robinson

Friday 21 September 2007

An exploration of the art of biography and the life of Freud's own biographer, Ernest Jones

Novelist Kate Grenville in conversation with Margot Waddell

Thursday 12 July 2007

Exploring the interior: novelist Kate Grenville talked about her journeys through fiction and history

Novelist Lionel Shriver in conversation with Angela Joyce

Friday 15 June 2007

Analysing Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin