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The end of all things – The podcast. Reviews, Interviews and other literary guff

Episode 44 – Letting the light in with Clare Fisher

In this episode, Rob chats to novelist and short story writer, Clare Fisher about writing things that won’t sell, PhDs in failure, Lydia Davis, and being a southern softie living in Leeds (Leeds Leeds). Rob and Kate again come to you live from the infamous Salford pod in the even more infamous Media City. They chat about experimental fiction, Irish writers (again!), famous writers working shit jobs, that awful Rose Tremain interview in the TLS and writing the impossible.

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Namechecks:

Eimear McBride, Ian Maleney, Kevin Barry, Claire Louise-Bennett, Mike McCormack, Influx Press, Comma Press, Rosie Garland, Will Self (again, sorry), Rose Tremain, Sandeep Parmar, Lionel Shriver, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Lydia Davis, Sophie Mackintosh, Matthew Holness, Donald Trump (ugh), Jeremy Corbyn (double ugh), Theresa May (oh fuck) and Brexshit.

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.

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Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:

The Breakfast Club morning show on Youtube

The powerful force that is Maxine Waters

Namechecks:

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 42 – Literary fiction is an illusion with Joanne Harris

In this episode, Rob chats to Joanne Harris about Norse myths, Child ballads, video games, graphic novels and the perils and joy of having your book optioned by Hollywood. Joanne also talks about the “illusion” of literary fiction. “Plot is the engine that drives the car” (we like her). Rob and Kate have a silly conversation about Canadian sketch comedy, Ramsbottom, gothic tales and AFC Wimbledon. Rob sings a stupid song.

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Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:

The Terrier Song as it is meant to sound

Lost in Vegas review Holy Wars by Megadeth

Namechecks:

Bruce McCulloch, Kevin Duffy, Northern Lights WRITERS Conference, Adam Farrer, Sophie Mackintosh, Richard V Hirst, The Portico Library, First Draft Cabaret nights, Doctor Who, The Delightful Sausage, Gorilla Nightclub, AFC Wimbledon, Orion Publishing, Gollancz Publishing, Francis Child, Neil Gaiman, Marvel Comics, Harvey Weinstein (ugh), Hugh Howey, Anouchka Harris, Kit Golden and David Brown

Episode 40 – Mixing it up with Joanna Walsh

In this episode, Rob chats to Joanna Walsh about mixing narrative forms, autofiction, the perils of using material from your own life in your work, hardback fetishes, Kafka’s letters, the beauty of the online relationship, and, oddly, Airbnb. Rob and Kate talk about the joy of quitting, going native, Janeane Garofalo, sex shops and douchbag commercials. Yes, you read that right.

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Links to stuff mentioned in the podcast:

The Seinfeld episode the much maligned jazz voice added to the theme song

The infamous Summer’s Eve douche commercial

Namechecks:

AM Holmes, Janeane Garofalo, Claire Louise Bennett, Anne Carson, FC United, Sharon Olds, Jon McGregor (again), Chris Kraus, Anne Boyer, Vahni Capideo, Tony White, Andre Breton and Will Self (again)

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 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