Episode 39 – Too funny and Too Irish with Caimh McDonnell

In this episode, Rob chats to the very successful self-published novelist Caimh McDonnell about (surprise surprise) self-publishing, stand-up comedy, agent merry-go-rounds, MAs in Creative Writing (yes, again) and his very funny quadrilogy of comic Crime novels. Rob and Kate talk Writers’ Mental Health (or lack thereof), Good literary agencies, death studies, the corporate elite and (just for a change) working class writers.

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Namechecks:

Nikesh Shukla, Julia Kingsford, David Hayden, Adam O’Riordon, Nicholas Royle, Ben Myers, Stephen King, Scott Pack, Rick O’Shea

Episode 38 – Living in a Dystopia with Danny Denton

In this episode, Rob chats to Danny Denton about Non-spaces, reviews, experimental fiction, Irish writers and his incredible debut novel The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow. Rob and Kate talk personal attacks in reviews, London-centric publishing, Masterclasses v Workshops, working class writers, being broke and vaping.

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Namechecks:

Julie Myerson, Sharlene Teo, Rebecca Watts, Hollie McNish, Rupi Kaur, Kate Tempest, Picador, Don Paterson, The Castle courses, PN Review, Northern Short Story Festival, LitReactor, The Poetry School, Max Porter, Cheetham library, Megan Hunter, Joanna Walsh, Becky Thomas, And Other Stories, Tilted Axis, Dead Ink, Comma,

Episode 37 – Half Overheard Secrets with Rosie Garland

In this episode, Rob chats to Rosie Garland about family secrets, Morning Pages, Vampire Queens, Time-travelling Suffragettes, Rock and roll stardom and her latest novel The Night Brother. Rob and Kate talk Gopher museums, Rainbow unicorns, Curmudgeonly bitches and, oh yeah, writing stuff. Special appearances by Very Loud Music Man and Reversing Lorry.

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Namechecks:

Sharon Olds,  Julia Cameron, Maria Fusco, Rachel Genn, May Lan Tan, Joanna Walsh, Dmitra Xidous, Stella Duffy, Kate Bornstein, Rose Collis, Mari Lloyd, The March Violets, Eddie Cantor

Episode 36 – Being Actively Consciously Sexually Actively Conscious with Monique Roffey

In this episode, Rob chats to Monique Roffey about ditching editors, loveless marriages, unevolved sexual behaviour, parties turning into orgies, and her sexy book The Tryst. Rob and Kate talk rather boring stuff by comparison: Writing communities, Prose poetry and the Winter Olympics. It’s a bonkers one, this.

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Namechecks:

Tania Hershman (again), Jenn Ashworth (again, yawn), Joanna Walsh, Danny Denton, Kevin Barry, Granta, Simon and Schuster, Lisa McInerney, Rosie Garland, Julie Myerson, Rachel Cusk, Francesca Main, Zoe Margolis, Catherine Emm

Episode 35 – Preoccupied with disaster with Megan Hunter

In this episode, Rob chats to Megan Hunter about the end of the world, fragments in literature, Communist theatre, motherhood, not finishing Nineteen Eighty-Four and her amazing debut novel The End We Start From. Rob and Kate talk sexy fiction, the writing process, George Saunders, angry eyebrows and loads of poetry guff.

This is the George Saunders article Kate talks about in this one.

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Namechecks:

Martin Kratz, George Saunders, Jon McGregor, Ocean Vuong, Kayo Chingonyi, Andrew McMillan, Eimear McBride, Monique Roffey, Rosie Garland, Maggie Nelson, Meg Rosoff, Patrick Ness, Mike Conley, Han Kang, Jenny Offil, David Markson, Anne Carson

Episode 34 – Moving relentlessly from one thing to the next with Jon McGregor

In this Christmas episode, Rob chats to Jon McGregor about Male oppression, obsession with the number thirteen, the art of the letter and how he constructed his multi-layered, much lauded and Booker longlisted novel, Reservoir 13. Rob and Kate and discuss the hottest thing in literature at the moment, Cat Person. If you are a big fan of Christmas crackers, geese, or the patriarchy, you will not like it.

Special appearances by noisy security guard, mobile phone and (as you do) soil pipe. Enjoy!

Read Cat Person before you listen to it.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE END OF ALL THINGS.

Namechecks:

Chimene Suleyman, Andrew McMillan, Joe Dunthorne, Matthew Walton, Nicole Flattery, Shaun Usher, Simon Garfield, Leftlion magazine, Stinging Fly, Sally Rooney, Claudia Rankine, Layli Long Soldier, Colson Whitehead (again), Kristen Roupenian

Episode 33 – Questioning Reality with Joanna Kavenna

In this episode, Rob chats to novelist and Orange Prize winner, Joanna Kavenna about the individual experience of reality, Baudelaire, George Osbourne, the British Class system and her latest work, The Field Guide to Reality. Rob and Kate Feld also argue about all things literary (and otherwise). Kate tells us what the UNESCO City of Literature designation means for Manchester and Rob forces the Times Literary Supplement Twenty Questions on her. Apologies in advance to The New Statesman.

Here is the Times Literary Supplement interview with Nicola Barker mentioned in the podcast.

(Interview with Joanna begins at 30:45)

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Namechecks:

Jerome de Groot, Martin Kratz, Mair Bosworth, Kit de Waal, Rodge Glass, Kapka Kassabova, Nicola Barker, Hilary Lawson, Roger Penrose, David Chalmers, Mary Midgley

Episode 32 – Modern Horrors with Jenn Ashworth and Richard V Hirst

In this Halloween episode, Rob chats to writers Jenn Ashworth and Richard V Hirst about their latest collaboration, the spooky “The Night Visitors”. They also talk about horror, ghost stories, bus stations and Jenn talks about how her battles with Post partum psychosis. Rob and Kate Feld also chat about books, self-publishing, Stephen King and (randomly) argue about Magic Realism.

(Interview with Jenn and Richard begins at 22:24)

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Namechecks:

Ben Judge, Nathan Connelly, Adam Marek, Abondance Matanda, Stephen King (again), Nicola Barker, Colson Whitehead

Episode 31 – You can’t libel the dead with Adelle Stripe

In this episode, Rob chats to debut novelist Adelle Stripe about Capote’s rules for the non-fiction novel, Andrea Dunbar, two pint books, indies v big boys and the perfect length (of book). Rob and new co-host, Kate Feld also chat about book stuff, lit nights, karaoke (why?) and the usual BS that tends to come up when they get together. Oddly, they don’t whinge about the UK in this episode even once.

(Interview with Adelle begins at 19:46)

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Namechecks:

Clio Barnard, Steve Finbow, Yuval Harari, Iosi Havilio, Joe Orton, And Other Stories, Kay Mellor, Shelagh Delaney, Basho, Tania Hershman, Kit de Waal, Andrew McMillan, Nathan Connelly, Naomi Frisby, Dorthe Nors, Wrecking Ball Press, Fleet Press, David Peace, Matthew Hamilton, Black Sparrow Press, Gwedoline Riley, Lara Pawson, Colson Whitehead, Virago Press, Ursula Doyle, Aitken Alexander agency, Matthew Hamilton

 

Episode 30 – The Manchester Literature Festival with Kate Feld and Fleshy Peaches with Helen McClory

In this episode, Rob has his annual Manchester Literature Festival chat with Kate Feld (complete with a surprising and extended moan about British sport) and then interviews novelist and flash fiction guru and advocate, Helen McClory about chibbing, things to spend money on, San Francisco, the perils of independent publishing and her latest novel Flesh of the Peach.

↑↑ Kate Feld begins at 4:00 ↑↑
↓↓ Helen McClory begins at 43:53 ↓↓

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Namechecks:

Manchester Literature Festival: Jon McGregor, Megan Hunter, Joanna Kavenna, Reni Eddo Lodge, Steve Dearden, Dead Ink publishing, Kit de Waal, Zaffar Kunial, Will Self, Malika Booker, Howard Jacobson, George Monbiot, Jennifer Egan, Sarah Hall, John Banville, Michael McCormack, Harriet Harman, Comma Press, Kamila Shamsie, Jeanette Winterson, Dorthe Nors, Samantha Schweblin, Omar El Akkad, Andrew McMillan, Lisa McInerney, Sally Rooney, Joanna Walsh, Joanna Moorhead,

Helen McClory: Freight books