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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 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 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

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 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 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 20 – The age of miracles

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In this episode, Rob talks to lovely purveyor of Savidge Reads and youtube sensation, Simon Savidge about Daphne Du Maurier, Liverpool, northern female writers, the fact that we are bizarro twins and(rather selfishly) podcasting. They also talk about ‘merica, Leonard Cohen and Simon recommends a book about the earth slowing down to Rob. Freakishly apt when you consider it was recorded over a month ago.

Rob (sigh) gets a bit sweary about Donald Trump. Interview starts at 12:59(ish).

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Namechecks:

Jenn Ashworth, Emma Jane Unsworth, Daphne Du Maurier, Garth Greenwell (again), EM Forster, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Donald Trump, Armistead Maupin, Charlotte Wood, Val McDermid, Evie Wyld, Carys Bray, Caroline Smailes, Karen Thompson Walker, Andrew McMillan