From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Our podcasts bring you readings and in-depth discussions with highly acclaimed authors and rising stars from the quarterly magazine of new writing.
Jamaica Kincaid, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 111
In 2022 Jamaica Kincaid spoke to editor Josie Mitchell about childhood, the concept of memory and her early love of Paradise Lost.
Jamaica Kincaid grew up on the island of Antigua. She began writing for the New Yorker and went on to publish many books, including the novel Annie John and the collection of stories At the Bottom of the River. A number of her books have recently been reissued, or are forthcoming, from Picador in the UK.
Claire-Louise Bennett, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 110
Last year Claire-Louise Bennett and editor Josie Mitchell talked about rereading, resisting homogenisation and committing to the process of unravelling.
Claire-Louise Bennett is the author of Pond, a collection of short stories, and the 2021 novel Checkout 19.
Read an extract of Bennett's novel here.
Lynne Tillman, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 109
In 2022 Lynne Tillman and editor Josie Mitchell discussed the afterlife of novels, haunted houses and the sexual revolution.
Lynne Tillman is the author of many books, including the 2006 novel American Genius: A Comedy and the 2014 essay collection, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? Two of Tillman’s early works are now published in the UK by Peninsula Press: Weird Fucks and Haunted Houses.
Read an excerpt from Tillman’s memoir Mothercare here.
Vanessa Onwuemezi, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 108
In 2022 Vanessa Onwuemezi spoke to editor Josie Mitchell about Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring, sitting with strangeness and the joy of trying out new sounds on the page.
Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London, her story ‘At the Heart of Things’ won the White Review Short Story Prize in 2019. Her debut story collection, Dark Neighbourhood, was published in 2021 by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Read ‘Cuba’, a short story from Dark Neighbourhood, here.
Anthony Anaxagorou, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 107
In 2022 Anthony Anaxagorou and editor Josie Mitchell talked about heritage, national identity and poetry that cannot keep still.
Anthony is the author of several volumes of poetry, non-fiction and a collection of short stories. His latest book, Heritage Aesthetics, draws on family migratory histories between Cyprus and the UK to interrogate patriarchy, xenophobia and national divides.
Purchase a copy of Anthony Anaxagorou’s new poetry collection, Heritage Aesthetics, here. You can also read poems from his 2019 collection, After the Formalities, here.
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 106
In 2022 Ayanna Lloyd Banwo spoke to editor Josie Mitchell about a fear of forgetting, Lapeyrouse Cemetery and our cultural traditions around death.
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago currently living in London. Her debut novel When We Were Birds was named one of the Observer’s Best Debuts of 2022 and one of the Economist’s Best Books of 2022.
Read an excerpt from When We Were Birds here.
Great podcast. One problem with it.
I love everything about this podcast. The content is healthy but the sound quality varies terribly. I use my cellphone and I understand this it isn't a boom box but going from episode to episode, reveals the weakness.
Not asking for studio quality but for episodes that are recorded outside, please bump the output and/or use a compressor and level this out. Thank you.
This podcast literally blew my mind. You would not believe the serendipitous journey I have been on to get here. Your perspective on how our demographic (I’m using demographic in its broadest and most minute definition) shapes our viewpoint of the world, mostly how important it is to be aware of that...I suppose a more intellectual explanation of ‘another man’s shoes’.
Honestly, it’s all too much to speak to without a keyboard....Carmen Maria Machado, you have a new fan. I’m so grateful to have heard this podcast. You truly changed my life. Thank you ❤️❤️❤️
I have trouble downloading older episodes. I would listen to all of these if I could because they're so smartly done.