Spiritual Journeys [world Service]

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01Anne Rice - Heart and Soul20100127

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

01Anne Rice - Heart and Soul20100128

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

01Anne Rice - Heart and Soul20100130

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

01Anne Rice - Heart and Soul20100131

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

01Heart and Soul20100127

01Heart and Soul20100127

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

01Heart and Soul2010012720100128 (WS)

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

01Heart and Soul2010012720100130 (WS)

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

01Heart and Soul2010012720100131 (WS)

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

01Heart and Soul20100127

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

01Heart and Soul2010012720100131 (WS)
20100130 (WS)
20100128 (WS)

The best-selling American author Anne Rice became famous and wealthy after publishing her novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976.

It led her to over 25 years of variations on the vampire theme. Then a passionate re-conversion to her Catholic faith in her 50s changed everything - out went the vampires and in came fictionalised biographies of Christ and her most recent novel, Angel Time, featuring a guardian angel who comes to save the soul of a hitman.

But Anne Rice sees a thread through her work rather than a radical departure - the vampires who agonise about the source of their own evil are tormented souls cut off from the love of God and the possibility of redemption, as she was when she wrote about them.

At home in Palm Springs, California, Anne Rice talks to Bidisha about how her beliefs have shaped her fiction.

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

A spiritual journey with the best-selling American novelist Anne Rice.

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20100203

God on the line \u2013 a Spiritual Journey with best-selling Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels which continue to top bestseller lists in India - at only 35 years old he is one of the biggest-selling English language novelists in India's history.

He writes page-turning witty tales about the life of 20-somethings in modern India, in conflict with their parents' values, and living with a sense of isolation and fear of failure. His first two novels Five Point Someone and One Night at the Call Centre have already become Bollywood films.

Last year Chetan Bhagat was able to give up international banking to become a writer full-time, but it wasn’t easy for him to leave behind the bank’s pay-cheque and Mercedes. While he counsels against pure materialism, he does it through buddy novels and romantic comedies, not wanting to be preachy because he knows how ineffective that is.

Brought up as a Hindu, Bhagat lists 'Spirituality' as one of his primary interests. In his fiction God may come on the phone to help sort out everyone's troubles, but religion is also shown in Chetan Bhagat’s work to be divisive and violent when manipulated.

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20100204

God on the line \u2013 a Spiritual Journey with best-selling Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels which continue to top bestseller lists in India - at only 35 years old he is one of the biggest-selling English language novelists in India's history.

He writes page-turning witty tales about the life of 20-somethings in modern India, in conflict with their parents' values, and living with a sense of isolation and fear of failure. His first two novels Five Point Someone and One Night at the Call Centre have already become Bollywood films.

Last year Chetan Bhagat was able to give up international banking to become a writer full-time, but it wasn’t easy for him to leave behind the bank’s pay-cheque and Mercedes. While he counsels against pure materialism, he does it through buddy novels and romantic comedies, not wanting to be preachy because he knows how ineffective that is.

Brought up as a Hindu, Bhagat lists 'Spirituality' as one of his primary interests. In his fiction God may come on the phone to help sort out everyone's troubles, but religion is also shown in Chetan Bhagat’s work to be divisive and violent when manipulated.

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20100206

God on the line \u2013 a Spiritual Journey with best-selling Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels which continue to top bestseller lists in India - at only 35 years old he is one of the biggest-selling English language novelists in India's history.

He writes page-turning witty tales about the life of 20-somethings in modern India, in conflict with their parents' values, and living with a sense of isolation and fear of failure. His first two novels Five Point Someone and One Night at the Call Centre have already become Bollywood films.

Last year Chetan Bhagat was able to give up international banking to become a writer full-time, but it wasn’t easy for him to leave behind the bank’s pay-cheque and Mercedes. While he counsels against pure materialism, he does it through buddy novels and romantic comedies, not wanting to be preachy because he knows how ineffective that is.

Brought up as a Hindu, Bhagat lists 'Spirituality' as one of his primary interests. In his fiction God may come on the phone to help sort out everyone's troubles, but religion is also shown in Chetan Bhagat’s work to be divisive and violent when manipulated.

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20100207

God on the line \u2013 a Spiritual Journey with best-selling Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels which continue to top bestseller lists in India - at only 35 years old he is one of the biggest-selling English language novelists in India's history.

He writes page-turning witty tales about the life of 20-somethings in modern India, in conflict with their parents' values, and living with a sense of isolation and fear of failure. His first two novels Five Point Someone and One Night at the Call Centre have already become Bollywood films.

Last year Chetan Bhagat was able to give up international banking to become a writer full-time, but it wasn’t easy for him to leave behind the bank’s pay-cheque and Mercedes. While he counsels against pure materialism, he does it through buddy novels and romantic comedies, not wanting to be preachy because he knows how ineffective that is.

Brought up as a Hindu, Bhagat lists 'Spirituality' as one of his primary interests. In his fiction God may come on the phone to help sort out everyone's troubles, but religion is also shown in Chetan Bhagat’s work to be divisive and violent when manipulated.

03Episode 3 - Heart and Soul20100210

Poet Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy to want to be labelled merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The poet, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born a Muslim in Lahore, Pakistan and educated at a school with a strict Protestant ethic in Glasgow where her family moved to when she was a child.

When growing up she began to question and challenge the restrictions of her religion, particularly on women, and poetry was a place where she could do this.

The titles of some of her poetry collections reflect the issues she grapples with: Postcards from God, I Speak for the Devil, and The Terrorist at my Table.

In her recent collection Leaving Fingerprints, Imtiaz Dharker has been inspired by the Sufi poets and attracted by their belief in the continuous recreation of the self.

However, Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy and sensual to want to be labelled as merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Presenter: Bidisha
Producer: Kate Howells

03Episode 3 - Heart and Soul20100211

Poet Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy to want to be labelled merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The poet, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born a Muslim in Lahore, Pakistan and educated at a school with a strict Protestant ethic in Glasgow where her family moved to when she was a child.

When growing up she began to question and challenge the restrictions of her religion, particularly on women, and poetry was a place where she could do this.

The titles of some of her poetry collections reflect the issues she grapples with: Postcards from God, I Speak for the Devil, and The Terrorist at my Table.

In her recent collection Leaving Fingerprints, Imtiaz Dharker has been inspired by the Sufi poets and attracted by their belief in the continuous recreation of the self.

However, Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy and sensual to want to be labelled as merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Presenter: Bidisha
Producer: Kate Howells

03Episode 3 - Heart and Soul20100213

Poet Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy to want to be labelled merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The poet, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born a Muslim in Lahore, Pakistan and educated at a school with a strict Protestant ethic in Glasgow where her family moved to when she was a child.

When growing up she began to question and challenge the restrictions of her religion, particularly on women, and poetry was a place where she could do this.

The titles of some of her poetry collections reflect the issues she grapples with: Postcards from God, I Speak for the Devil, and The Terrorist at my Table.

In her recent collection Leaving Fingerprints, Imtiaz Dharker has been inspired by the Sufi poets and attracted by their belief in the continuous recreation of the self.

However, Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy and sensual to want to be labelled as merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Presenter: Bidisha
Producer: Kate Howells

03Episode 3 - Heart and Soul20100214

Poet Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy to want to be labelled merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

The poet, artist and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born a Muslim in Lahore, Pakistan and educated at a school with a strict Protestant ethic in Glasgow where her family moved to when she was a child.

When growing up she began to question and challenge the restrictions of her religion, particularly on women, and poetry was a place where she could do this.

The titles of some of her poetry collections reflect the issues she grapples with: Postcards from God, I Speak for the Devil, and The Terrorist at my Table.

In her recent collection Leaving Fingerprints, Imtiaz Dharker has been inspired by the Sufi poets and attracted by their belief in the continuous recreation of the self.

However, Imtiaz Dharker is far too earthy and sensual to want to be labelled as merely a 'spiritual writer'.

Presenter: Bidisha
Producer: Kate Howells