It’s not often that I am in the company of those who have written best-selling books about science, history, travelling and world culture. They are very rare people.

But last week, during the British Science Festival in Aberdeen, I had the rare opportunity to interview Bill Bryson, the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything. This book has been read and enjoyed by millions of people around the world, so interviewing him was just a little bit daunting.

The opportunity arose because Bill unfortunately didn’t have the time to appear in the x-change, the daily highlights show that I was producing at the Festival. So instead I got to interview him for an x-tra, a small snippet of an interview to complement the show.

Bill Bryson however, is anything but daunting. He is very down-to-earth, humble and his kind and gentle nature made me feel very much at ease. The questions flowed well and he responded in a very animated and interested way.

I would have loved for this interview to go on longer, but unfortunately I only managed to get a 15 minute glimpse of the life and works of this great writer.

I could tell you a lot more about this interview, but instead I just let you listen to it. Enjoy!

Go to the orginal article here or listen below