Author Archives: Robert Cutforth

About Robert Cutforth

Columnist for LeftLion magazine Freelance writer, urban cyclist, geek, Cannuckian prisoner of Mother England. Hateful of all things James Martin.

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

Episode 29 – Irons in the fire with Sarah Butler

In this episode, Rob speaks to novelist, poet, novella writer, short story writer, mentor Sarah Butler about millenials, making a living as a writer, advances, tuition fees, navigating cities and the strangeness of having your book big upped by the Daily Mail. Loads of chat about her novels Before the Fire and Ten things I’ve Learnt about Love. This episode is for the writers, man.

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Namechecks:

Francesca Main, Rommi Smith

Episode 28 – Reversing the polarity with Gregory Norminton

In this episode, Rob speaks to lecturer, novelist and short story writer Gregory Norminton about Linguistic diversity loss, Immortality, Star Trek, Social liberalism, Patriotism, The 6th great extinction and, oh yeah, his Omnium Gatherium of short stories as well as his upcoming (totally bonkers, but amazing sounding) upcoming novel.

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Namechecks:

Will Self, Andrew Miller, Helen Garnons-Williams, Jim Hinks, 4th Estate, Comma Press, Hilary Mantel, George Monbiot

Episode 27 – Hocus Pocus with Beth Underdown

In this episode, Rob speaks to novelist Beth Underdown about Witches, Imps, Ghosts and other spooky things like Rochdale and Masterseses in Creative Writing. Obviously, Beth’s excellent debut novel “The Witchfinder’s Sister” comes up. Rob reads historical fiction and likes it.

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Namechecks:

Fat Roland, Joe Daly, Michael Joseph, Viking Books, Penguin Random House, Drake Books, Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood, Lionel Shriver

Episode 26 – The Indies: Thom Cuell from Dodo Ink

In part three of TEOAT’s RAPID FIRE INDIE PUBLISHER EXTRAVAGANZA, Rob speaks to indie publisher Thom Cuell from Dodo Ink about Erotica, publishing risky books, subversion, experimental fiction, punk rock, Creative Writing courses, the evils of self-publishing, life as a “boutique” publisher and ruddy Nicholas Royle AGAIN

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Namechecks:

Nicholas Royle, Monique Roffey, Sam Mills, Seraphina Madsen, Sean Rabin, And Other Stories, Steven Hall, Scarlett Thomas, Galley Beggar Press, Fitz Carraldo, Influx, James Miller, Neil Griffiths, Minor Literatures, 3:AM magazine, Johnny Rotten

Episode 25 – The Indies: Ra Page from Comma Press

In part two of TEOAT’s RAPID FIRE INDIE PUBLISHER EXTRAVAGANZA, Rob speaks to indie publisher Ra Page from Comma Press about Bookwashing, Nominative Determinism, Fascism, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Muslim bans, protest and, oh yeah… some chat about publishing short stories and having those stories adapted into Oscar nominated films.

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Namechecks:

Donald Trump, Andrew Haigh, Bernadette Lynch, David Constantine,  Hassan Blasim, Joumana Haddad, Sean Harris, Bill Nighy, Katherine Mansfield, Nadifa Mohamed

Episode 24 – The Indies: Nathan Connolly from Dead Ink

In part one of TEOAT’s RAPID FIRE INDIE PUBLISHER EXTRAVAGANZA, Rob speaks to indie publisher Nathan Connolly from Dead Ink about Liverpool, Working class stories (again), Squeezing dough from the Arts Council, Crowdfunding, publishing nine novels in a year, getting picked off the slushpile and life as a book fetishist.

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Namechecks:

SJ Bradley, Northern Fiction Alliance, Naomi Booth, Gary Budden, Jenn Ashworth, Richard Hirst, Sophie Hopesmith, Harry Gallon, Peepal Tree Press, Bluemoose Books, Tilted Axis Press, Inpress Books, And Other Stories, Saboteur Awards