Ex Libris Live Episode 10

Recorded on the 10th of March 2017 in front of a live audience in Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. David Freeman hosts this episode of Ex Libris Live! where he is joined by

Ros Barber – poet, scholar and an award winning and critically acclaimed author. Her first novel, The Marlowe Papers, received the Desmond Elliot prize. Her latest novel Devotion was short listed for the Encore award and has been described as ‘compelling’ by both The Guardian and The Independent.

Paul Mayhew-Archer – radio and TV producer and comedy script writer, whose most notable works include The Vicar of Dibley, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Miranda. Paul will be discussing his award winning documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side.

Anthony Anaxagorou – internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, short story writer, and activist whose live performances have been described as ‘a near spiritual experience’ Anthony will be discussing Heterogeneous, the definitive anthology of his poetry.


Bob Chaundy – freelance journalist and writer who was the obituaries editor at the BBC for 18 years. Bob’s latest book Little Black Trains: Life, Death and Commuting is a comic murder mystery story that also lifts the lid on the art and pitfalls of obituary writing.

In this episode, the contestants write fake first or last sentences for books including:

Jimmy Hendrix: The man, the magic, the truth – Sharon Lawrence

The Lady In The Van – Alan Bennett

Untamed Billionaire, Undressed Virgin – Anna Cleary


The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

In the Ex Libris After Dark podcast (coming soon), you’ll be able to hear David talking about each of our guests life and works.

Ex Libris Live 10

Ros Barber’s works can be found here.

Paul Mayhew-Archer’s written works can be found here.

Anthony Anaxagorou’s works can be found here.


Bob Chaundy’s book can be found here.