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.
August 20, 2021
"The thing I learned last year is that the product is sometimes the problem"
Jeff Chon joins me to discuss his novel, Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun, published by the exciting Sagging Meniscus press (buy here)
Please be advised we recorded this conversation earlier this year and discuss issues of a sensitive nature with some instances of strong language
- Good guys and bad guys: a troubling distinction
- What's it like writing about people we really do not like?
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Death wish (1974: Michael Winner; 2018 remake starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth
Falling Down (1993: Joel Schumacher)
Fight Club (1999: David Fincher)
Taxi Driver (1976: Martin Scorsese)
Alex Diggins on Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun for 3:AM Magazine
August 5, 2021
'The south is a living breathing thing in this book. it's a personality.'
Really excited to have American poet, Khalisa Rae, join me for series two, episode two!
Khalisa is here to talk about Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat, published by Red Hen Press (buy here)
- Title collection: the story of a title
- Surrounded by the best: environments of poetic creativity and support
Interview between Khalisa and the writer/photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths