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A Shropshire Lad – how A E Housman inspired composers

In a new book, British writer Peter Parker examines how A Shropshire Lad has permeated English life and culture for more than a century. He talks to Petroc about Housman’s impact on English music. 

Better Known

Biographer Peter Parker discusses with Ivan his six choices of things which he thinks should be better known.

Edmund de Waal, Penelope Lively and Peter Parker

Edmund de Waal, Penelope Lively and Peter Parker discuss the attractions of combining memoir and social history, and the fascination of ‘the silent eloquence of the physical world’. 

Making Fiction out of History

Beryl Bainbridge and Hilary Mantel read from their works and discuss the difficulties and rewards of writing historical fiction. Chaired by Peter Parker.

Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice

Writer Peter Parker discusses Isherwood's influence on the finished novel.

Love, Loss and Scandal

Peter Parker talks about AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad and how the poems are shot through with unfulfilled longing for young men. 

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