In this episode, Rob chats to celebrated polymath writer, Sean O’Brien about short stories, cold spots in houses, postwar bomb sites as playgrounds, ghost stories and Hull. Rob and Kate come to you from the infamous pod yet again after a long break to talk Piers Morgan (gross, we hate him), British winters, park running, bad habits in writing, poetrypoetrypoetry, getting old and sports massages.
Piers Morgan (yuck), Comma Press, John Godberg, Elizabeth Bowen, Tony Harrison, Ted Hughes, David Storey, Penguin Random House, Bloodaxe books, Picador, Liverpool University Press, Sidereal Press, Rosie Garland, Stephen King, Phillip Pullman, Waterside Arts, Joanne Harris and The Poetry School
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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!
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