May 20, 2022
"Song is very powerful...it's not a truth teller, it's a state-changer."
Richard Price joins today's show to discuss his collection of 'Three Inuit Stories Retold.' Published by Carcanet, the book was a Scotsman Book of the Year in 2021, and Richard joined me to discuss the challenges of retelling these tales.
You can buy the book here: https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781800171176
- Don't read it on Wikipedia: shedding light on expectations of roles
- Travelling by song: the powerful nature of song.
- Ron King, artist
- Small World by Richard Price (2012: Carcanet)
- Quentin Tarantino
April 21, 2022
"The first thing that came to me? A woman, alone with the sea, and in charge of her own destiny?"
Welcome back to the Rippling Pages and Series Three: Beneath the Surface.
We have Erica Mou and Clarissa Botsford here to discuss Thirsty Sea. Erica is a successful musician with six albums to her name. Her novel is translated by Clarissa and published by exciting new press, Héloïse Press, who are championing world-wide female talent.
You can buy the book here:
- Sea change? How Erica sings and writes about the sea
- Translating as a reader: How Clarissa read the book 'like a reader.'
Erica's podcast, Punti di Fuga
'Contro le Onde' by Erica Mou
October 14, 2021
"It's nice to see my imagination dressed with my words...It's very interesting to see a universe in other words."
What a pleasure have both Emilio Fraia and Zoë Perry to discuss with me the writing and translating of Emilio's novel Sevastopol (Lolli Editions - buy here)
- A common tone: how the creation of a certain atmosphere leads to individual variations
- How Sevastopol was translated into English
Previous interview with Emilio and Zoë in Partisan Hotel
October 1, 2021
'You can't just have a greatest hits collection, there has to be a flow of ideas.'
Charlie Baylis, poet, critic, and editor joined me to talk about his latest collection, Santa Lucía, published by Invisible Hand Press - available here
- Day and Night: structuring around the rhythms of the day
- The conscious art of repeating
Charlie's interview with Andrew McMillan
Charlie's previous collections
Hilda Doolittle's Carl Jung t-shirt (erbacce press, 2018)
Swimming (Red Ceilings Press, 2019)
Albert Camus - The Stranger (1942)
September 16, 2021
"It seemed to be a flashpoint moment, it was saying more than we thought it was saying."
Jo Scott-Coe joins me to talk about Charles Whitman, the man known as the 'Texas Tower Sniper'. In this discussion which touches on some challenging subjects, Jo discusses her book and the journey behind the writing of the book MASS: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest (published by Pelekinesis Press)
Please be advised we recorded this conversation earlier this year and discuss issues of a sensitive nature
'Senseless Acts': the troubling terminology of describing acts as 'senseless'
Not an isolated incident: building up the picture and story of the crime.
American Sniper (2014: directed by Clint Eastwood)
Spotlight (2015: directed by Tom McCarthy
More was found about Priest Leduc here following the publication of Jo's book:
September 2, 2021
'All the way through the book, it should feel like there's going to be some kind of ending which will enable a potential future'
What a pleasure to welcome Jessie Greengrass to talk about the High House! (Buy here). We talk about the climate crisis and writing about the end times.
- Is this the end for me, you, all of us? What's it like writing about characters and limited horizons?
- The history of flooding: researching local and national history for lessons about the past and the future.
- Sight, Jessie's first novel
- An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, Jessie's collection of short stories
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Alice Oswald.
- Liable to Flood (1974) - J.R Ravensdale
We also discussed the Eyemouth Fishing Disaster, and the 1953 North Sea Flood which Jessie researched for the novel.