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We're a weekly podcast for anyone who writes. We talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more!Brought to you by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.

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We're a weekly podcast for anyone who writes. We talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more!Brought to you by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.

    Research, editing & planning novels with Stuart Turton

    Research, editing & planning novels with Stuart Turton

    Stuart Turton discusses the research, editing and planning process behind The Devil and the Dark Water, as well as his route into publishing his first novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Stuart's talking to Vicki Maitland and their conversation is packed full of practical tips, fascinating insights and historical stories you will feel compelled to immediately Google.Meanwhile, Simon talks to Peggy Hughes about Open Doors, the new fund of exciting commissions from the National Centre for Writing.Hosted by Simon Jones.Join our free Discord community: https://discord.gg/3G39dRWFull details about the Open Doors commissions: http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/open-doors/ And to save you the need to manually search, a link to the astonishing true story of the Batavia shipwreck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia_(1628_ship)Check out what we do: http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ Music by Bennet Maples.

    • 51 min
    Publishing with a small press - with Sally-Anne Lomas & Sam Ruddock

    Publishing with a small press - with Sally-Anne Lomas & Sam Ruddock

    Debut author Sally-Anne Lomas shares her route to being published, which resulted in Gatehouse Press picking up her book Live like Your Head’s on Fire. Sally-Anne talks about her experiences on our Escalator talent development scheme and the process of  reaching publication. We're also joined by Sam Ruddock of Gatehouse who talks about assessing manuscripts and why small presses are essential to the literary ecology and early career writers. Asking the questions is Sarah Bower.For more information on the Escalator talent development scheme: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator/Can you donate to Escalator? http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator-donations-2020/Listen to Michael Donkor on the pod: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/creating-characters-with-michael-donkor/Join our Discord community! https://discord.gg/3G39dRW Sign up to our newsletter: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ Hosted by Simon Jones and Vicki 'Rock DJ' Maitland.Music by Bennet Maples.

    • 27 min
    Oyinkan Braithwaite on My Sister, The Serial Killer - Noirwich 2020

    Oyinkan Braithwaite on My Sister, The Serial Killer - Noirwich 2020

    Lockdown didn't stop us from putting on the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival this year in partnership with our friends at the University of East Anglia. One of the many highlights was this conversation between Oyinkan Braithwaite and Femi Kayode, discussing Oyinkan's My Sister, The Serial Killer. If you missed it during the festival, now's your chance to listen on the pod!Meanwhile, Steph and Simon are joined by Flo to introduce the latest NCW Book Club book: Our Place by Mark Cocker. Find out more here: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/the-ncw-book-club/You can watch the video version of Oyinkan's event here: https://youtu.be/aQx3AcmpW6QCatch up on Noirwich 2020 here: https://noirwich.co.uk/  Find out more about what we do: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna.Music by Bennet Maples.Oyinkan photo by Amaal Said.

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    What happens when Covid-19 cancels your book launch? - Richard Lambert returns!

    What happens when Covid-19 cancels your book launch? - Richard Lambert returns!

    We spoke to Richard Lambert on the podcast in October 2019 about his debut novel The Wolf Road, which was to be published in early 2020. It never came out: instead, Covid-19 triggered global lockdowns, which forced bookshops and libraries to close, distributors shut down and Richard's dream of publication became another casualty of 2020. Fast forward to October 2020 and not only is Richard back on the pod to talk about the challenges and difficulties of the year, but The Wolf Road has, at last, been released into the wild. We talk about why the book had to be delayed, what Richard's publisher did about it and how he coped with the turbulent year.You can listen to the 2019 podcast with Richard here: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/preparing-for-publication/ Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones.Find out more about what we do: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/Information on the Escalator Talent Development programme: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator/ Music by Bennet Maples.

    • 37 min
    Writing narrative non-fiction with Kate Summerscale

    Writing narrative non-fiction with Kate Summerscale

    Kate Summerscale, the award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, joins the pod to talk to Chris about her new book, The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story. They discuss the origins of the book, Kate's approach to research and how she had to track down the facts, and how the book sets poltergeists and the increased interest in the supernatural in the 1930s with the rise of Hitler and looming war.Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones.Find out more about what we do: http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/Join our Discord community: https://discord.gg/3G39dRWJoin the Book Club: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/the-ncw-book-club/Music by  Bennet Maples.

    • 54 min
    Agents, representation, childcare & moving out of London - with Emma Shercliff

    Agents, representation, childcare & moving out of London - with Emma Shercliff

    Emma Shercliff of Laxfield Literary Associates talks to us about being an agent outside of London and her efforts to better represent both regional writers and authors from Africa and the Middle East. Following a globe-trotting career with Macmillan, Hodder and Cassava Republic Press, encountering the Common People report prompted Emma to set up Laxfield Literary Associates with the aim of making agenting more transparent and representative of the population.We discuss the challenges of representation, the lack of childcare support for writers, how and when to contact an agent and lots more - including the two prizes being run by Laxfield Literary Associates which you can find out about on their website: https://laxfieldliterary.com/Hosted by Simon Jones & Steph McKenna.Find out more about what we do: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/Check out our workshops and Agent Insights sessions: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/courses/Join our (free!) Discord community and say hi: https://discord.gg/3G39dRWMusic by Bennet Maples.

    • 56 min

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DropTheShoulder ,

So helpful

Wanted to leave feedback to say this podcast is so useful and the guests are great. I am now working with the writing coach that Julia Crouch mentioned. Just listened to applying to an agent and that was great.
Keep up the good work!

CurlyWurlyWoop ,

Interesting stuff!

Lots of really interesting writers talking about a huge range of subjects - fascinating for writers and readers alike.

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