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

Episode 13 – Working it out

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In this episode, Rob talks to the winner of the last ever Guardian First Book Award, Andrew McMillan, on “modern male anxieties” as the Guardian puts it, working out in gyms, writing poetry like Jon McGregor writes prose, Creative Writing MAs (again), Horror as a gateway drug (again), and what it’s like growing up Gay in Barnsley.

NOTE: This was recorded before the terrible homophobic nightclub shooting in Orlando, which is why we don’t talk about it in the interview and why I don’t mention it in the intro. But let me say something about it now: Fuck these terrorist shitbags.

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Namechecks:

Jon McGregor, Sara Howe, Rebecca Perry, The Guardian, Fenton Aldeburgh prize, Colin Barrett, Dylan Thomas Award, Max Porter, Jonathan Cape, New Writing North, Sharon Olds, Mark Doty, Geoff Hattersley, Chicago Rock Cafe and Robin Robertson

Episode 12 – Squaddies

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In this episode, you get two interviews for the price of one. In the first, Rob talks to Steve Dearden, writer, producer and director of The Writing Squad. We talk about Creative Writing MAs, Manchester United, the rise of genre and YA fiction and the best time ever to be a writer(hint:now). In the second, Rob talks to Writing Squad alum Lenni Sanders and Jasmine Chatfield about Manchester lit nights, Putting a show on in Edinburgh and (my favourite) Post-apocalysm.

At the end, Steve reads his short story, No Caller ID. She’s a long one, this, so get comfortable.

0:30 – Intro
13:05 – Interview with Steve Dearden
58:12 – Interview with Lenni Sanders and Jasmine Chatfield
1:26:40 – Outro
1:30:13 – Steve reads his short story No Caller ID

’tis sweary.

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Namechecks:

Steve interview: The Writing Squad, Jane Rogers, Jenn Ashworth, Stevie Ronnie, Mark Catley, John Griffin, Catherine Williams, Ronnie Smith, NAWE, Jamal Gerald, Harry Jelly, David Gaffney, Gemma Saltzer

Lenni and Jas interview: Flim Nite, Stirred poetry, Rebecca Audra, Anna Percy, iOrganic, Harry Jelly (again), Wonder Women, Claire Pollard, Manchester Art Gallery, Instigate Arts, Dead Lads, Harriet Williamson, PBH, The Laughing Horse, Edinburgh Free Fringe, Bad Language, First Draft, Cheethams Library

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Episode 11 – On Liverpool

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In this episode, Rob talks to Laura Robertson, editor and founder of The Double Negative magazine. They talk all things Liverpool, writing for magazines, High Art, Marshmallow Laser Feasts, Invisible wind and Futurama along with about 800 million other things. Rob reads his short story, Two Swans.

’tis sweary.

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Namechecks: Josh Weinstein, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Assemble, Mark Lecky, Corridor 8, Triple Canopy, After All Journal, Bob Dickenson, Susie Stubbs, Creative Tourist, Mike Stubbs, FACT, Liverpool Biennial, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Super Slow Way project, Exbury Egg, Invisible Wind Factory, Neil Atkinson, Nick Royle and The Royal Standard… phew.

Episode 10 – The North

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In this episode, Rob talks to writer and serial polymath, SJ Bradley about Leeds, her work, The Northern Short Story Festival, Remembering Oluwale, The NORTH, and randomly, the HS2.

’tis sweary.

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Namechecks: Dead Ink publishing, Leeds Big Bookend festival, Tania Hershman, Ben Judge, Evidently, Lochlan Bloom, Wes Brown, Avril Joy, Alison Taft, Anna Chilvers,