Podcasts

18-10-2018

Pascale Petit recounts how the sudden re-emergence of her long-absent father triggered both a sense that she’d discovered the material for her new book, but also a complete inability to write it.

Penny Hancock explains how a professional setback and a series of personal losses led her to decide to give up writing completely - and how the unusual life story of an elderly relative provided two kinds of inspiration for starting again.

11-10-2018

Rupert Christiansen speaks with Frances Byrnes about journalistic antecedents, career vs vocation, being a ‘jobbing writer’, and his memoir serendipitously inspired by Don Draper of ‘Mad Men’.

04-10-2018

Kathleen Jones revisits the remote hill farm she grew up on in Cumbria, and the landscape that shaped her.

Catherine O'Flynn explores the hidden spaces of Merry Hill, the suburban shopping centre where she used to work.

Doug Johnstone ponders his adopted city of Edinburgh, a literary capital that he was nervous of using as a setting for his novels.

27-09-2018

Jonny Wright talks to John Siddique about his need to write the roles that have been missing from theatre repertoire, his attraction to protagonists who find themselves at odds with the world, and the literary values of Hip Hop.

20-09-2018

Martina Evans speaks with Julia Copus about her work as a hospital radiographer, the influence of dream lives, and why she’s said ‘no’ to fiction.

13-09-2018

Gillian Allnutt speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry and role models, her work with asylum seekers, and the contrasting influences of teaching and meditation on her writing.

06-09-2018

Jane Draycott joins host Julia Copus to discuss two favourite classic poems, ‘God’s Grandeur’ and ‘Felix Randal’, both by Gerard Manley Hopkins, in our ongoing 'Poetry Break' series.

30-08-2018

Rob Chapman continues his conversation with John Siddique, exploring his move into music journalism, his wide-ranging exploration of sixties psychedelia, and his return to writing fiction.