In episode 22, we speak to Shiromi Pinto, the author of ‘Plastic Emotions’ (2019, Influx Press) and ‘Trussed’ (2006, Serpent’s Tail). You can order Plastic Emotions here.
We spoke to Shiromi about her use of real letters to produce fiction; what she does with her writing offcuts; how far 500 words a day can get you; and losing faith, spiking a project, and then finding the courage to pick it up again to drag it all the way to publication.
In episode 21 we sit down with Mathias Énard, winner of the Prix Goncourt, to speak to him about his process, the line between history and fiction and the benefits of a good pair of slippers.
Mathias’ work includes the novels ‘Zone’, ‘Compass’, ‘Street of Thieves’ and ‘Tell them of Battles, Kings and Elephants’ which he was promoting when we spoke to him towards the end of last year. All of these novels have been published by Fitzcarraldo Editions and can be purchased here: https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/authors/mathias-enard
Apologies once more for a couple of audio glitches on this episode – we’re working on it.
As we mention at the beginning, there were some technical issues with the sound on one of the microphones in this episode – apologies, but it should sound ok if you’re listening on earphones/headphones.
In episode 18, we speak to Marc Nash, most recently author of ‘Three Dreams in the Key of G’, published by Dead Ink in 2018.
Marc joined us in London to discuss choosing the playlist to write to, intense bursts of writing during the summer holidays, using the editing process to add material rather than remove, playing through language, writing across gender and plenty more.
Welcome all to the first Unsound Methods of 2019! This month, we are delighted to be joined for a second time by Eimear McBride. In episode 12 we spoke to Eimear alongside Noémi Lefebvre but we didn’t have much time to speak to them before that evening’s event, so Eimear was kind enough to come to the studio for a more extended chat.
Among other subjects in this episode we discuss Eimear’s process, experimental fiction and the role of the novel in modern life.
Thanks again to Eimear for her generosity with her time.
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No guest this month (don’t worry, we’ve got more fantastic people starting again in January), but in this Xmas ’18 special edition Lochlan and Jaimie get tanked up on port and mince pies and conduct a brief dissection of how the first year of Unsound Methods has gone as well as a review of what they’ve learnt before getting stuck in to a couple of most commonly quoted lists of writing advice from Messers Vonnegut and Orwell.
Full of the Christmas spirit, this episode contains many, many swears…
Thank you to all of our listeners for a great first year, see you in 2019.
This month we speak to Tom Lee award-winning short fiction writer and author of The Alarming Palsy of James Orr.
We talk about Tom’s approach to writing and how he finds new ideas, the impact of ill-health on his writing as well as the difficulties in moving from short stories to longer form fiction.
Tom’s work has appeared in The Sunday Times, Esquire and Prospect in the UK, The Dublin Review in Ireland and in Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope All Story in the United States, among others.
In 2012 he was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize for a single short story in the world and in 2015 his non-fiction account of spending 51 days in intensive care was longlisted for The Notting Hill Essay Prize.
In this month’s episode we speak to Lars Iyer, weaver of fiction in blog-form, novelist and erstwhile philosopher.
Among many other things we talked to Lars about turning blogs into novels (as he did with his first three novels ‘Spurious’, ‘Dogma’ and ‘Exodus’), his path to being a serial producer of trilogies and making the most of your spouse as your first reader and editor.
Post-interview, Lars confirmed for us that ‘Nietzsche in the Burbs’ will be coming out next year on Melville House.
You can follow Lars on Twitter: @UtterlySpurious – he also wrote an interesting piece for the White Review on the health of the contemporary novel in 2011, which can be read here.
Welcome to the second series of Unsound Methods. In this episode we speak to Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, the author of Call Me Zebra from Alma Books (in the UK).
Azareen’s debut novel was Fra Keeler. Topics covered in our chat included research, working with editors and the paths that reading can take while putting a novel together. Thanks to Burley Fisher bookshop for providing us with the recording space for this episode.