Rippling Pages: Interviews with Writers
Polly Barton and Fifty Sounds

Polly Barton and Fifty Sounds

July 21, 2021

Welcome Back! Series Two: Horizons is here with Polly Barton.

"I wanted to give people tools they could then forget about for the rest of the book."

Polly Barton is here to talk about Fifty Sounds, winner of the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize 2019. (BUY HERE!)

Rippling Points:

  • Loving others and loving language: is there one without the other?
  • Wittgenstein: even he got it wrong at times

Reference Points:

Books
Ray Monk - Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

Theory
John Bowlby's Theory of Attachment

Jacqueline Bishop on Jamaican Women Writers

Jacqueline Bishop on Jamaican Women Writers

May 14, 2021

"The sense we don't have to trample on each other, to amplify each other, we can heal and nurture each other."

Jacqueline Bishop is here to talk about her collection of interviews, The Gift of Music and Song: Interviews with Jamaican Women Writers

(Buy here!)

It's a perfect way to conclude the 'Finding Room' series - promoting the voices of some fantastic Jamaican women writers.

Rippling Points:

  • Voices of nurturing and healing: Jamaican women writers
  • Changing conceptions of society, but preserving these writers

Reference Points

We mention a lot of writers in this episode because the book is about writers. But it does cause us to reflect on some other names too

Monique Roffey - (Monique selected Jacqueline's book as a cultural highlight in the Guardian)

Jane Austen

Jean Rhys

Kamau Braithwaite

George Lamming

Derek Walcott

Samatar Elmi and A Portrait of Colossus

Samatar Elmi and A Portrait of Colossus

April 30, 2021

"I knew from the age of 13, 14, I needed to write poetry, I just didn't fully understand why."

It's part two of our Flipped Eye 20th birthday special, and I'm joined by Samatar Elmi talking about his debut collection, Portrait of Colossus.  

Thank you Katherine and Samatar for joining me. Two exciting, upcoming poets.

Buy Portrait of Colossus here.

Rippling Points:

  • The power of the poet in different parts of the world: UK and Somalia
  • 100 drafts: writing about the ones we love

Reference Points

Poets

Don Paterson
Jason Allen-Paisant - subcribe to the PN Review to read his essay in PN Review 257 Thinking with Trees, Allen-Paisant's debut collection, is out in June.

Musicians
Bob Dylan.

 

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Katherine Lockton on Paper Doll - Flipped Eye Anniversary Part 1

Katherine Lockton on Paper Doll - Flipped Eye Anniversary Part 1

April 16, 2021

'[Poetry] is the beginning to accepting, the beginning to processing emotion.'

It's a Flipped Eye anniversary special as I'm joined buy two of their poets. First up - Katherine Lockton talking about Paper Doll.

Buy Paper Doll here

Rippling Points:

  • Like a Rubix cube: life and poetry
  • Notes from a childhood in Bolivia. 

Reference Points

T.S Eliot

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Neil Griffiths on TRAUMA: Writing About Art and Mental Health

Neil Griffiths on TRAUMA: Writing About Art and Mental Health

March 31, 2021

"I was wrestling with what certain states of being feel like as negatives."

Novelist and publisher, Neil Griffiths, joined me to discuss his essay, 'Madness as Such', which is featured 
in Trauma: Writing About Art and Mental Health (Dodo Ink).

Neil talks candidly about his essay which reflects on his experiences of depression. Indeed, if you are affected by any 
of the themes discussed in today's episode, I've reserved this episode's Rippling Points for a couple of links to charities.

The Samaritans 
Mind


Reference Points:

Books:

Neil's Novels:
As a God Might Be (Dodo Ink)
Saving Caravaggio (Penguin)
Betrayal in Naples (Penguin)

Clair-Louise Bennett - Pond
Charles Dickens - Bleak House
Fyodor Doestoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
Mathias Énard - Zone
Eimear McBride - A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Isobel Wohl - Cold New Climate - the inaugural novel of Neil's publishing company, Weatherglass Books

Writers:

Francis Spufford

Essays:

Neil's Review of Francis Spufford's True Stories and Other Essays on Review 31

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