18 episodes

Authors' Matters is a podcast by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) where we talk to writers from across the profession about how they earn their living, or at least try to. From copyright to contracts, we’ll also talk about issues that make the writing living easier or more difficult.

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Authors' Matters is a podcast by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) where we talk to writers from across the profession about how they earn their living, or at least try to. From copyright to contracts, we’ll also talk about issues that make the writing living easier or more difficult.

    Season 2, episode 8: Darren Chetty talks education, diversity and publishing

    Season 2, episode 8: Darren Chetty talks education, diversity and publishing

    In the season finale, we hear from writer, teacher and researcher Darren Chetty on the economics of the publishing industry and what needs to change in order to level the playing field. Darren also shares his passion for children's literature and hip-hop culture and how the two relate to one another, perhaps more than you might think. 

    • 19 min
    Season 2, episode 7: Claire Wade shares how her imagination has been her lifeline

    Season 2, episode 7: Claire Wade shares how her imagination has been her lifeline

    In this episode, novelist and co-founder of the Authors with Disabilities & Chronic Illnesses (ADCI) group, Claire Wade tells us how she got established as a writer and the challenges she has faced in an industry that is centred around well and able people. Claire shares how to be a good ally to writers experiencing disability or chronic illness and the role that community plays in raising the voices of this often overlooked group. 

    • 16 min
    Season 2, episode 6: Antony Johnston gets organised

    Season 2, episode 6: Antony Johnston gets organised

    In this episode, Antony Johnston gives us the lowdown on how to organise your writing life! No matter what kind of author you are, Antony's advice could get you focused and meeting every deadline. 

    • 17 min
    Season 2, episode 5: Salena Godden on why pessimism is for lightweights

    Season 2, episode 5: Salena Godden on why pessimism is for lightweights

    Get inspired with this episode of Authors' Matters - poet Salena Godden tells us about her roots in the DIY punk scene of the 1990s, how she learnt to reject the starving poet cliché and shares the secret to her creative productivity. 

    • 16 min
    Season 2, episode 4: writer and doctor Gavin Francis on his two vocations

    Season 2, episode 4: writer and doctor Gavin Francis on his two vocations

    In this episode of Authors' Matters, writer and full-time GP Gavin Francis tells us how he manages to write alongside his busy medical career. Plus we take a deep dive into a writer’s relationship with their physical body – how being active is often the best boost for your brain and how it benefits your creativity to get out from behind your desk.

    • 17 min
    Season 2, episode 3: Helen Blakeman on writing for stage and screen

    Season 2, episode 3: Helen Blakeman on writing for stage and screen

    In episode 3, BAFTA and International Emmy Award-winning writer Helen Blakeman tells us how she got established, why she's drawn to telling the stories of those who aren’t always heard, and she shares some top tips on how to improve your writing skills.

    • 19 min

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