Guest details for Saturday Morning 6 June 2009

8:12 Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini has lived and worked in China for most of the past nine years, and is now Beijing deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times newspaper. Formerly he was Beijing business correspondent for the South China Morning Post and chief editor of the China Economic Review. A graduate of Victoria and AUT universities, he won the 2006 Society of Publishers in Asia award for excellence in business reporting, and comments on China for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Sky News and Al Jazeera. You can view his video of peasant protests in China here.

8:40 Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre is a writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who has written the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. He is also the author of the 2008 book Bad Science (Fourth Estate Ltd, ISBN: 978-0-0072-4019-7).

9:05 Hilary Mantel

English novelist Hilary Mantel, C.B.E., was educated at a convent, later studied law, and spent ten years in Africa and the Middle East before embarking on a writing career. She is the author of many novels and short stories, and the 2003 memoir, Giving Up the Ghost (Fourth Estate, ISBN: 978-0-0072-9241-7). Her new book, Wolf Hall (HarperCollins, ISBN: 978-0-0072-3018-1), is a historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell, the 16th-century advisor to Henry VIII.

9:45 Mark Amery

Mark Amery is the director of Playmarket, New Zealand's playwrights' agency and playwright and play development organisation. He writes about art for the Dominion Post and the NZ Listener. He will discuss dealer galleries.

10.00 Playing Favourites with Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson was born in Dunedin, and has been involved in many aspects of the music business since leaving high school in 1968. He started Christchurch-based postering and printed matter distribution firm Phantom Billstickers in 1982; it now has 50 staff nationwide. Phantom Billstickers has produced A1 posters featuring New Zealand poems that are being posted up in 12 cities around the country, and in Tennessee, Sydney and Paris. Send your poems to

11:10 Colin Tudge

British biologist Colin Tudge writes on biology, food and agriculture, and the philosophy of science. His books include Consider the Birds: How They Live and Why They Matter (2008), The Secret Life of Trees (2005), and So Shall We Reap: the Concept of Enlightened Agriculture (2003). His latest book, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestors (Little, Brown, ISBN: 978-1-4087-0221-5), tells the story of the discovery of 47-million-year-old "Ida", the most complete early primate fossil ever found, with exclusive access to the first scientists to study her.

11:30 Elizabeth Knox

Wellington writer Elizabeth Knox is a finalist in the Biography section of the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for The Love School: Personal Essays (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8647-3592-8). The film of her best-selling 1998 novel, The Vintner's Luck (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8647-3381-8), is directed by Niki Caro and will open in New Zealand later this year. Her new novel, The Angel's Cut (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8647-3600-0), is a sequel to The Vintner's Luck set in Great Depression-era Los Angeles.

Music played on the programme

Iggy Pop: King of the Dogs
From the 2009 album: Preliminaries
(EMI France)
Played at around 9:45

Elvis Costello: The Crooked Line
From the 2009 album: Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
(Hear Music)
Played at around 11:35

Playing Favourites with Jim Wilson

Floyd Cramer: Last Date
The 1960 single
Played at around 10:05

Steve Earle: Guitar Town
From his 1986 debut album: Guitar Town
Played at around 10:15

Townes Van Zandt: Racing in the Streets
From the 1994 album: Roadsongs
(Sugar Hill)
Played at around 10:30

Gene Pitney: Looking Thru the Eyes of Love
The 1965 single
Played at around 10:50

The Swingers: Counting the Beat
The 1981 single
Played at around 10:58

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor
Christchurch engineer: Hamish Doake