19 episodes

The Paperchain Podcast is a podcast about writing. Each episode will feature an interview with an author or poet about their work, and the way they approach their writing. After that, they’ll read a brand new piece of work written for the episode, which will have been written using a prompt set by the previous week’s guest.

Longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2017.

The Paperchain Podcast The Paperchain Podcast

    • Arts
    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

The Paperchain Podcast is a podcast about writing. Each episode will feature an interview with an author or poet about their work, and the way they approach their writing. After that, they’ll read a brand new piece of work written for the episode, which will have been written using a prompt set by the previous week’s guest.

Longlisted in the Saboteur Awards 2017.

    210 - Season Finale (with Rachel Connor, Eley Williams & Harry Gallon)

    210 - Season Finale (with Rachel Connor, Eley Williams & Harry Gallon)

    “That was a good bit of radio where I mimed ‘chaos’.” It’s the season two finale, and to celebrate I met up with award winning authors Eley Williams, Harry Gallon, and Rachel Connor.

    First up, Rachel Connor talks about teaching creative writing, and the literature scene in the North. Rachel is the author of Sisterwives from Crocus Books, and her short story How to Curate a Life was the winning story in Storgy’s Exit Earth anthology. She teaches at Leeds Beckett University.

    Next, I talk to Eley Williams and Harry Gallon at the British Library. We talk about the importance of patron saints and champions of literature, editing and structure, and the importance of reading. Eley Williams is the author of the short story collection Attrib, which won The Republic of Consciousness Prize, shortlisted for the James Tait Black prize, and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas and Edge Hill prizes. Harry Gallon is the author of two novels from Dead Ink Books. His first novel, The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes was shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards, and longlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.

    All three authors read brand new short stories based on prompts set by other guests.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    209 - Narcissism (with Tade Thompson)

    209 - Narcissism (with Tade Thompson)

    “When you write a story about aliens, you are actually writing about people who are not like you.” Author Tade Thompson joined me on the podcast this month to talk about comic books, cons, and unconscious bias. Tade is the author of the novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne, and the novels Making Wolf and Rosewater. 

    In the episode we talk about the amount of sympathy a reader has, and whether you can truly know people. At the end of the episode, Tade reads a brand new short story set in the Rosewater universe, inspired by a prompt.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    207 - Nerves (with Irenosen Okojie)

    207 - Nerves (with Irenosen Okojie)

    “If I’m scared, and if I’m excited then that’s what propels me forward.” Late last year I met up with Irenosen Okojie, author of Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish (Jacaranda Books), at the Arcola Theatre. We talked about the research she did for her debut novel, the strangeness of London, and the wealth of prizes her books have been nominated for. She also talked about her work with City of Stories at Forest Hill Library. Finally, she read Point and Trill, a short story about nighttime paintball, inspired by Daniel Ross’ prompt from last month.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    206 - What's Next? (with Daniel Ross)

    206 - What's Next? (with Daniel Ross)

    “Les Dennis’ winnebago is over there, but mine’s bigger.” Happy new year! This month I’m joined by author Daniel Ross, who’s book Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant is currently crowdfunding over on Unbound. In the episode, he talks about his choice to publish his book with the publisher, the difficulties of crowdfunding, and an article about Noel Edmunds which inspired the novel. Finally, he reads a brand new short story inspired by Claire Askew’s prompt.

    You can help crowdfund Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant over on the Unbound website.

    You can also buy Helen McClory’s The Goldblum Variations over on 404 Ink’s website.

    • 51 min
    205 - Tenderstem (with Claire Askew)

    205 - Tenderstem (with Claire Askew)

    “It’s the darkest, most miserable book ever.” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2017 was a bit miserable but hopefully this podcast has been a shining light in your life. To round off the year I talked to Claire Askew, author of All the Hidden Truths from Hodder Books, and This Changes Things from Bloodaxe.

    She talks the difference between writing novels and poetry, as well as her work with Scottish Book Trust and Write Like a Grrrl. We also chat about her work with the Craigmiller Library and how board games can encourage reading.

    Finally, she reads a brand new poem based on a prompt from last month’s guest.

    • 36 min
    204 - She Found It In The Sink (with Sophie Hopesmith)

    204 - She Found It In The Sink (with Sophie Hopesmith)

    “I had one person who said, ‘you look too angelic to have written this’.” This month on the podcast, novelist Sophie Hopesmith sat down to talk to me about death cafes, body horror, and the questions that only women get asked. Her novel, Another Justified Sinner is available from episode sponsors Dead Ink Books. Sophie also reads a brand new short story based on a prompt from last month's guest Verity Holloway.

    It’s the eve of the recession, but who cares? For commodity trader Marcus, life is good. So what if he’s a fantasist? So what if he wills his college sweetheart to death? So what if it’s all falling apart? This isn’t a crisis. Until it is.

    As misfortune strikes Marcus again and again, he finally has to change. But can this English psychopath ever change? Maybe he needs to find himself? Maybe he needs to travel? Maybe he needs to help others? Maybe he needs to change his medication? Another Justified Sinner is a literary black comedy about the fall and rise and fall of Marcus, a slippery sinner. How difficult is it to change?

    If you're listening to the episode before December 7th you should head on over to Kickstarter and get yourselves a subscription to Dead Ink's Eden Book Society.

    London shaped people - podcast partners Storgy are launching their first anthology of short fiction on December 12th at Vout-O-Reenee's. Let them know you're coming!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Nixicle ,

Entertaining and exciting to hear new content

Great podcast with a witty host, I love listening to the interviews with writers and artists and learning about their creation process. My favourite part is hearing the new story/poem/music they've created just for the podcast. Funny, entertaining and informative!

Big green monster face Dom ,

Great literary podcast

This podcast is full of great conversations between really eclectic writers and a host who is so in love with words.

It's always a pleasure and it's one of the few podcasts I know I'll listen to every episode of regardless of the guest.

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