In this week’s episode we speak to novelist and essayist, Joanna Kavenna.
We talk about false starts, finding a narrative voice in fiction, researching a novel in the Arctic circle and dealing with Polar Bears, how literature can help us understand and limit technology before the machines destroy us and why we all need to take a more Wittgensteinian view of reality.
Joanna is the author of the Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule and A Field Guide to Reality (riverrun, 2016) as well as three other novels and non-fiction essays.
Find out more about Joanna at joannakavenna.com
Photo credit: A Michaelis
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This week we speak to Patrick Langley, author of Arkady from Fitzcarraldo Editions.
With a background in art criticism and radio production, Paddy talks to us about drafting and structuring a work, finding inspiration from the urban backwaters of London and the problem with building elaborate memory palaces…
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This week we speak to Alex Pheby about having different editing and writing persona, blending fiction with historical research when you are writing about real characters, hitting 3,000 words a day and whether it’s rational to have any faith in an external reality.
Alex’s novels include ‘Grace’ (Two Ravens Press), ‘Playthings’ and the forthcoming ‘Lucia’ (both Galley Beggar Press – https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/alex-pheby)
Playthings is forthcoming in North America published by Biblioasis: http://biblioasis.com/shop/forthcoming/playthings/
This week we speak to Michael Stewart.
We discuss performing plays in prisons, how dialogue decides form, the explosion of indie publishers in Northern England, and how to escape if you’re locked in a shop with a stranger…
Michael is the author of the novels ‘King Crow’ and ‘Cafe Assassin’ and the collections ‘Couples’ and ‘Mr Jolly’
Michael’s latest novel ‘Ill Will’ is published this month by HarperCollins imprint HQ Stories.
Ill Will – https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008248154/ill-will/
King Crow and Cafe Assassin are both published by Bluemoose Books – https://bluemoosebooks.com/books)’
Both collections by Valley Press – http://www.valleypressuk.com/author/51/michael_stewart)
You can follow Michael on Twitter @headspam
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In this episode we speak to Neil Griffiths, author of the recent As A God Might Be published by Dodo Ink
Neil was winner of the Authors’ Club First Novel Award for his earlier novel Betrayal in Naples, and shortlisted for best novel in the Costa Book Awards for Saving Caravaggio.
Neil is also the founder of the Republic of Consciousness Prize which recognises independently published novels that combine ‘hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose’.
We discuss the ecosystem of fiction, the present golden age of indie publishing and the Republic of Consciousness prize, which Neil founded.
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