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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

Episode 23 – First on the pile of corpses

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In this episode, Rob speaks to novelist Conrad Williams about Horror, the impending apocalypse, the distinction (or lack thereof) between genre and literary fiction, the Yorkshire Ripper, Conrad’s latest novel “Hell is Empty” and, of course, Hull. Trigger warning: Rob does the worst Trump impression known to man.

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Namechecks:

Nicholas Royle (again, sigh), Martin Amis, JK Rowling, International Horror Guild, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Gregory, Thomas Ligotti, Derek Raymond, Helen Walsh, Stephen King

Episode 22 – Being true

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In part 2 of TEOAT’s two part Christmas special, Rob talks to Costa First Novel Award nominee, Kit de Waal about working class stories (a favourite of this podcast), adoption, a fascination with the minutiae of life, the 80s, and of course, her rather incredible novel, My Name is Leon. The conversation took place before her keynote speech for the Graduate Writers day put on by Comma Press.

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Episode 21 – Being one thing and its opposite at the same time

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In part 1 of TEOAT’s two part Christmas special, Rob talks to Garth Greenwell about Pride, resisting mainstreaming, becoming visible and, of course, writing the “gay book of our times” What Belongs to You. Garth also talks about the purpose of art and literature and Rob tries to keep up. The conversation took place the day after Garth’s talk with Andrew McMillan as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

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Namechecks:

Andrew McMillan, Olivia Laing, Elena Ferrante, Kit de Waal, Reinaldo Arenas, Manchester Literature Festival