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Episode 43 – Unknown Pleasures with Sophie Mackintosh

In this episode, Rob chats to Booker longlisted novelist and short story writer, Sophie Mackintosh about Joy Division, distrust of technology, the Booker prize (obvs) and being a bit goth. Rob and Kate come to you live from the infamous Salford pod. They chat about the US election, the art of grumbling, the Wu Tang Clan, quantum physics (I know!), the end of hip hop and the crazy government PREVENT policy keeping us from reading revolutionary literature.


Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:

The Breakfast Club morning show on Youtube

The powerful force that is Maxine Waters


Joy Division, JB Priestley, Richard V Hirst, Anna Burns, Maxine Waters, Wu Tang Clan, Will Ashon, Daisy Johnson, John Gribbin, Tania Hershman, Trump (ugh), Norman Geras, Clare Fisher and Megan Hunter

Episode 41 – The Blancmange Antidote with Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books

In this episode, Rob chats to Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books about the trials of independent publishing, the effects of Brexit on writers, the problem with agents, getting your authors pinched, assemby line blancmange books pumped out by big publishing and Hebden Bridge. Rob and Kate talk about Not the Not the Booker prize, Jacob Rees-Mogg, William Shatner singing O Canada, Feminism and Jeremy Clarkson. Rob forgets to edit out the bit where he wishes Boris Johnson dead (I don’t really).


Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:

William Shatner sings O Canada


Grayson Perry, Eley Williams, Eimear McBride, Michael Stewart, Ronan Hession, Benjamin Myers, Alastair Sutcliffe, Jenn Ashworth (again), Deborah Levy, Hamish Hamilton, Stefan Tobler at And Other Stories, Dead Ink, William Shatner, Lara Feigel, Doris Lessing, Jeremy Clarkson, Phillip Pullman, Joanne Harris

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.


Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:


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 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.



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

First review!

LeftLion 55 cover

Remember the Canadian In New Basford column we used to run in this magazine? Well, the writer of that classic Leftlion feature has been keeping himself busy over the last couple of years by penning this post-apocalyptic Manchester-based tale. Seth wakes up with amnesia to a city that has been destroyed and all around him there is a scramble to survive. Standard currency has changed from coins and notes to fresh food and WD40. The only person he has to turn to is a sadistic doctor who tortures him to try and glean some information about ‘the machine’. Oh, and the dictaphone recordings of a little girl who appears to be long lost. Eventually this mystery begins to unfold as he pieces his broken life back together. A strong debut novel, full of twists and turns. Since he left us, R T Cutforth seems to have progressed from writing like a Canuck Charlie Brooker to a young Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Long may his progress continue. Jared Wilson

photo of the review as it appeared in the magazine.

A young Dean Koontz or Stephen King? Wow, that’s pretty good.

The book launch!

Book launch poster, post apocalyptic scene with Come, Armageddon Come! on the front

Come, Armageddon, Come!

You are cordially invited to the launch of my book, Industrial Revolution.

The Times calles it “a post-apocalyptic romp through Manchester […] Fun for the whole family! (Not just your goth stepson)”

The Guardian says “Basically, if JK Rowling, Richard Nixon, The Pope, Dweezil Zappa and Dostoyevsky wrote a book together, this would be it!”

The Daily Mail calls it “offensive”

They didn’t actually say any of that, I did. That is just a taste of the hijinx in store for you inside the book and on the night itself. PLEASE COME!

Readings by ultra awesome Manchester writers, Benjamin Judge, Dave Hartley and Fat Roland!

Tuesday, 20 August
Dulcimer bar, Chorlton, Manchester

Book signing! Midweek drinking! Aforementioned hijinx!

The books have arrived!


Book launch to be sometime in late August, hopefully between the 18th and 21st and most likely in a Chorlton pub of some description… probably Dulcimer.

I will let you know as soon as I know it myself.

It is in fact possible to buy the paperback on Amazon if you really really cannot wait for the launch, but the books at the launch will be going for £7, so you may want to wait. I am now begging auditioning fellow authors to do reading spots on the night.

Humming and hawing about showing the trailer as well… dunno if I can deal with my pals looking at a blown up version of my horrid face.


A Canadian on Caramac Bars – by Guy Garrud

Because my next column for Leftlion is about cycling and I’ve blogged about it quite a bit here already, I present to you my next blog post via writer/blogger/fire inspector about town Guy Garrud.

HEY, WAITTAMINUTE. He may be taking the piss here. I’m not sure this man is even Canadian.

Let’s all make fun of his terrible handwriting.