Episode 21 – Being one thing and its opposite at the same time

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In part 1 of TEOAT’s two part Christmas special, Rob talks to Garth Greenwell about Pride, resisting mainstreaming, becoming visible and, of course, writing the “gay book of our times” What Belongs to You. Garth also talks about the purpose of art and literature and Rob tries to keep up. The conversation took place the day after Garth’s talk with Andrew McMillan as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

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Namechecks:

Andrew McMillan, Olivia Laing, Elena Ferrante, Kit de Waal, Reinaldo Arenas, Manchester Literature Festival

Episode 20 – The age of miracles

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In this episode, Rob talks to lovely purveyor of Savidge Reads and youtube sensation, Simon Savidge about Daphne Du Maurier, Liverpool, northern female writers, the fact that we are bizarro twins and(rather selfishly) podcasting. They also talk about ‘merica, Leonard Cohen and Simon recommends a book about the earth slowing down to Rob. Freakishly apt when you consider it was recorded over a month ago.

Rob (sigh) gets a bit sweary about Donald Trump. Interview starts at 12:59(ish).

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Namechecks:

Jenn Ashworth, Emma Jane Unsworth, Daphne Du Maurier, Garth Greenwell (again), EM Forster, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Donald Trump, Armistead Maupin, Charlotte Wood, Val McDermid, Evie Wyld, Carys Bray, Caroline Smailes, Karen Thompson Walker, Andrew McMillan

Episode 19 – Words matter

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In this episode, Rob talks to novelist, essayist, editor and activist, Nikesh Shukla about good immigrants, uncomfortable writing, diversity panels, mentoring yoofs, african barbershops and motherfucking microgressions (Nikesh’s words). The interview took place backstage at Gorilla on the night of his show for the Manchester Literature Festival. (Special appearance by festival director Sarah-Jane Roberts)

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Namechecks:

Nikesh Shukla, Inua Ellams, Bobby Nayyar, South Asian Literature Festival, Bharit Mehta, Riz Ahmed, Himesh Patel, Reni Eddolodge, Chimene Suleyman, Selena Godden, Kate Tempest, Nish Kumar, Varaidzo, Rife magazine, Galdem magazine, Vera Chok, Coco Khan, Sarah-Jane Roberts, Vinay Patel, JK Rowling, Wei Min Kam, Daniel York, Paul Hyu, Ben Myers

Episode 18 – Horror is in everything

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In this episode, Rob talks to novelist and METALHEAD, Stephen McGeagh, about METAL, the state of Horror writing, having his novel, Habit, made into a film, MORE METAL, MAs in Creative Writing, beautiful Manchester and EVEN MORE METAL.

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Namechecks:

Rachel Richardson-Jones, Simeon Halligan, Colibra, Sam Eades, Jess Barton, Nikesh Shukla, Garth Greenwell, Simon Savidge,

Episode 17 – Lower middle class hero

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In this episode, Rob talks to novelist and music journo, Ben Myers, about class, talking to famous people, the Cragg Vale coiners, writing about landscape and (of course) money. In between all that, they discuss his latest novel, Turning Blue.

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Links mentioned in the podcast:
Know your Place – Essays on the Working Class by Dead Ink publishing

Namechecks:

Socrates Adams, Claire Malcolm, Bluemoose books, Dodo Ink, Deak Ink, James Baldwin, David Peace, Nikesh Shukla, Trapeze publishing, Orion publishing, Galley Beggar Press, Moth publishing, Riz Ahmed, Garth Greenwell, Kit de Waal, Gregory Norminton, Stephen McGeagh

Episode 16 – Writing worried

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In this episode, Rob takes to the Wilderness festival to chat with Emma Jane Unsworth about physics, frostbite and murderous cats. Emma also talks about the movie being made from her novel, Animals, and Rob begs to be in it. Emma also reads from her brand new and yet unnamed novel.

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Links mentioned in the podcast:
The world’s smallest movie: A boy and his atom
Roisin and Chiara “Wild at Heart”

Namechecks:

Sarah Brocklehurst, Wyl Menmuir, Sophie Hyde, Jenn Ashworth, Margaret Atwood, Jo Bell, Caitlin Moran, Garth Greenwell, Edinburgh Book Festival, Literary Friction podcast, Lord Piddick, Camilla Elworthy and Roisin and Chiara

The Manchester Literature Festival

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In this mini-episode, Rob talks to Kate Feld about the Manchester Literature Festival. In addition to MLFing it out, they talk about Good Immigrants, they try to figure out what “working class” means and of course, chat about the end of the world. Rob has a bit of a sweary whinge (what else is new?) about the Olympics.

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Namechecks:

Ian McMillan, Andrew McMillan, Simon Savidge, Nikesh Shukla, Selena Godden, Hollie McNish, Dead Ink Books, Olivia Laing, Garth Greenwell, Yuval Noah Harari, Margaret Atwood, Richard Hines, Lionel Shriver, Dr Katy Shaw, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jenn Ashworth, Gillian Slovo, Lemn Sissay, Jenny Murray, Rose Tremain, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jeanette Winterson, Anne Enright, Vivienne Westwood, Susan Calman, Margaret Drabble, Jane Rogers, Johnny Marr, Kamila Shamsie, Deborah Levy, Jo Bell, Michael Symmons Roberts, David Gaffney, Eimer McBride

Episode 15 – Fell

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In this episode, Rob talks to Jenn Ashworth about her brand new novel, Fell. They talk about Jenn’s writing process (or lack thereof), the anxiety of releasing a new, creative work into the world, Mormonism, Stephen King, swearing and goddamned Ovid (again). Fell comes to a bookshop near you on the 14th of July. It’s awesome, BUY IT.

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Namechecks:

Savidge Reads, University of Lancaster, Kate Feld

Episode 14 – The page is a stage

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In this episode, Rob talks to poets Amy McCauley and Robert Harper about Lit mags, Oedipus, the origins of poetry and using a PhD to make fat stacks (not really). They also talk about (ahem) Europe and the fear of not being in it.

Warning: This one is properly sweary.

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Namechecks:

Society of Authors, Bloodaxe, Andrew McMillan, Dan O’Brien, Rebecca Goss, Bare Fiction, The New Welsh Review, Helen Mort, David Gaffney, Courttia Newland, Annette C Boehm, Zelda Chappel, Carcanet, PN Review, Peter Greenaway, Aki Shilz