Episode 30: Jen Calleja

In episode 30, we speak to writer, translator and musician, Jen Calleja, author of the short story collection ‘I’m Afraid that’s All We’ve Got Time For’ (2020, Prototype).

We (remotely, respecting social distancing!) discuss bus travel as fertile ground for creativity, writing across different forms – from translation to poetry, novels and short stories, and the insight gained from working with writers whose work you are translating – and plenty more besides.

*** There is a very slight technical glitch with this episode’s sound, but we’ve fixed it as best we can – apologies if the sound isn’t quite as clean as it usually is ***

You can buy ‘I’m Afraid that’s All We’ve Got Time For’ here: https://prototypepublishing.co.uk/product/im-afraid-thats-all-weve-got-time-for/

You can find out more about Jen’s writing at her website: www.jencalleja.com

She’s on Twitter: @niewview and Instagram: @jencalleja_

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Hamid Ismailov

In episode 29, we speak to writer and broadcaster Hamid Ismailov. Hamid joined us pre-Covid-19-lockdown, on his way to the Faversham Literature Festival.

Hamid’s novels include ‘the Devil’s Dance’ and ‘of Strangers and Bees’, both available through Tilted Axis Press in the UK. More info at: https://www.tiltedaxispress.com/hamid-ismailov

As a writer who works in Uzbek, Russian and English, our discussion took us on a Eurasian tour of societies, cultures and languages. Hamid outlined his ‘writing a book during autumn and winter’ approach, and we learnt a bit more about what it’s like to be banned in your own country (not just his work, Hamid continues to be prohibited from entering Uzbekistan to this day).

Author image credit: Amos Chapple

Hamid is on Twitter: @ismailov_writer

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Tony White

In episode 25, we speak to Tony White, author of ‘The Fountain in the Forest’ (Faber, 2018) as well as ‘Road Rage’, ‘Satan Satan Satan’, ‘Charlieunclenorfolktango’, ‘Foxy-T’, ‘Shackleton’s Man Goes South’, the non-fiction title ‘Another Fool in the Balkans’, and many other short stories, novellas and collaborations.

He was writer in residence at the Science Museum, and his novella with artists Blast Theory, ‘Zombies Ate My Library’, was shortlisted for for best novella in the Saboteur Awards 2017.

We spoke to Tony about using mandated vocabulary, how working with artists who use other forms can lead to new approaches, writing a novel in Multicultural London English, and much more.

Tony is on Twitter: @tony_white_
Instagram: @pieceofpaperpress
Website: https://pieceofpaperpress.com/

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Yara Rodrigues Fowler

In Episode 24, we speak to Yara Rodrigues Fowler, the author of Stubborn Archivist (Fleet, 2019).

We spoke to Yara about publisher demands to make her novel at least twice as long, the power of white space, developing a two-headed bildungsroman, the challenges facing contemporary Brazil and how writers are facing them.

You can buy Stubborn Archivist via this page: https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/yara-rodrigues-fowler/stubborn-archivist/9780708899076/

Yara is on Twitter @yazzarf
Instagram @yararodriguesfowler
And her website is: yararodriguesfowler.com

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Mazin Saleem

In Episode 23 we speak to Mazin Saleem, the author of ‘the Prick’, published as part of Open Pen’s series of novelettes. We speak to Mazin about discovering that you’re not really a night-owl, using software to improve your writing productivity, and the freedom of jumping around the manuscript while editing to keep things fresh. 

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The online poetry magazine that Jaimie mentions at the end is called Harana Poetry, and can be found here: https://www.haranapoetry.com/
Mazin isn’t on Twitter, but we are:  @UnsoundMethods – @JaimieBatchan – @LochlanBloom

Jaimie’s Instagram is: @jaimie_batchan

You can buy the Prick here: https://www.openpen.shop/store/p9/theprick.html You can find out more about Mazin and his writing at: www.mazinsaleem.com

Shiromi Pinto

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.

Shiromi is on Twitter @blimundaseyes

As are we: @UnsoundMethods – @JaimieBatchan – @LochlanBloom

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Mathias Enard

Mathias Énard

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.

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Mathias Enard

Edy Poppy

This month we speak to Norwegian author and artist Edy Poppy.

Edy’s debut novel Anatomi. Monotoni. won the Gylendal Prize in 2005 and was recently published in English as Anatomy. Monotony. by Dalkey Archive. Tr. May-Brit Akerholt.

Anatomy. Monotony. is available at Dalkey Archive Press, who will also publish the collection Coming. Apart. (containing the ‘Dungeness’ short story that we discuss)  

More information about Edy and her writing is available at: https://eng.gyldendal.no/Gyldendal/Authors/Poppy-Edy

Interview with Siri Hustvedt: Edy Poppy Talks Sex, Love, and Boredom with Siri Hustvedt

Photo of Edy Poppy taken by Julie-Christine Krøvel

Thanks to Edy Poppy and Katrin Meynarth at Dalkey Archive.

Samuel Fisher

In episode 19 we speak to novelist, bookseller and publisher Samuel Fisher. 

Sam’s debut ‘the Chameleon’ was published by Salt in 2018.

You can buy the Chameleon here: Salt – the Chameleon

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.

You can follow Sam on Twitter: @fishersamuk

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Marc Nash

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.

You can follow Marc @21stCScribe on Twitter

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