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Ali Millar and Penny Wincer are not too busy to write. Except of course, sometimes they’re too busy to write as much as they would like. Join Ali and Penny as they navigate the world of writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling the demands of motherhood, caring and other paid work, without losing themselves in the process. They’ll be discussing the challenges that often get in the way of sitting down to write, interviewing fellow authors and discussing their latest reads. They'll also be spurring each other on and reminding each other that they are not too busy to write.

Ali Millar is the author of The Last Days (Ebury, 2022), a mother of 4, chair of many literary events and a Scot, newly relocated to London. She is currently working on a TV treatment, her next non-fiction proposal, and the last edits of The Last Days, which is out early 2022.

Penny Wincer is the author of Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring (Hodder, June 2020), is a single parent to two kids, one of whom is disabled, occasional journalist, professional photographer and an Australian and long-term resident of London. She’s currently writing a proposal for book number 2 and working on her first novel.

Not Too Busy To Write Penny Wincer

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Ali Millar and Penny Wincer are not too busy to write. Except of course, sometimes they’re too busy to write as much as they would like. Join Ali and Penny as they navigate the world of writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling the demands of motherhood, caring and other paid work, without losing themselves in the process. They’ll be discussing the challenges that often get in the way of sitting down to write, interviewing fellow authors and discussing their latest reads. They'll also be spurring each other on and reminding each other that they are not too busy to write.

Ali Millar is the author of The Last Days (Ebury, 2022), a mother of 4, chair of many literary events and a Scot, newly relocated to London. She is currently working on a TV treatment, her next non-fiction proposal, and the last edits of The Last Days, which is out early 2022.

Penny Wincer is the author of Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring (Hodder, June 2020), is a single parent to two kids, one of whom is disabled, occasional journalist, professional photographer and an Australian and long-term resident of London. She’s currently writing a proposal for book number 2 and working on her first novel.

    Lulah Ellender on the personal and the universal in life writing

    Lulah Ellender on the personal and the universal in life writing

    Lulah Ellender is an author, creative non-fiction writing teacher and writing coach based in Sussex. Her latest book Grounding: Finding home in a garden is about a single growing year in her garden after her mother died and her family was in danger of losing the home that they had lived in for 10 years. We talk about how Lulah weaves together the stories of many other gardens and the artists who created them into her own personal narrative alongside non-fiction elements of plant and garden history. She sees her role as taking the reader by the hand and leading them through, rather than memoir being particularly about her.
    Lulah also tells me about her flexible online courses in Life Writing, her favourite books about writing, the importance of close reading your favourite books and reading widely around your topics of interest.
    Links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781783786978 (Grounding - Lulah Ellender)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781783783854 (Elizabeth's Lists - Lulah Ellender)
    http://www.lulahellender.com/writing-courses (Lulah's writing courses)


    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781911214526 (Maggie Nelson - Bluets)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781509857111 (EveryBody - Olivia Laing)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781788164290 (The Artists Way - Julia Cameron)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780062223074 (The Art of Memoir - Mary Karr)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781786898555 (Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott)

    • 38 min
    Angela Hui on food and belonging

    Angela Hui on food and belonging

    Angela Hui is an award winning food and lifestyle journalist whose first book Takeway: Stories from a childhood behind the counter is about growing up in a Chinese takeaway in rural Wales. We talk about how the memoir began life as an article she wrote for VICE on how Chinese takeaways are disappearing and the dual identities of her childhood - going from yearning to fit in to coming to love and appreciate both her Chinese and Welsh heritage. We also talk about just how important food is in Chinese culture, what it was like to put her formidable mother down on the page and how food has followed her from a childhood behind the counter, to her career as the food writer for Time Out London.
    Links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781398705548 (Takeaway - Angela Hui)

    • 44 min
    Michelle Gallen on writing about community trauma with dark humour

    Michelle Gallen on writing about community trauma with dark humour

    Michelle Gallen is an Irish author raised in a border town in the north and now based in Dublin. Her first novel Big Girl, Small Town was short listed for the Costa First Novel Award, The Comedy Women in Print Award and An Irish Book Award. Her second novel Factory Girls, set in the summer of 1994 in a small town in Northern Ireland, as a group of friends await their A level results, wondering if they'll ever escape the deprived community they were born into. It's dark and incredibly funny.
    We talk about how growing up in a divided community where violence was normal and was dealt with by turning to dark humour and the differences between writing her first and second novel. We also talk about her recovery from a brain injury, the bursaries that allowed her to quit her day job in order to write and the importance of having people to champion and encourage your work.
    Links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781529386264 (Factory Girls - Michell Gallen)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781529304220 (Big Girl, Small Town - Michelle Gallen)
    https://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Literature-Project-Award/ (Irish Arts Council Literature Project Award)
    https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP (Arts Council England - Develop Your Practice Fund)
    https://www2.societyofauthors.org/grants/ (Society of Authors Grants )

    • 46 min
    Ali Millar on The Last Days and writing the truth

    Ali Millar on The Last Days and writing the truth

    Our very own Ali Millar is on the podcast today talking about her debut book The Last Days. We talk about how writing this memoir was a necessity in truth telling, obsessing over structure, talking books into life and redrafting - lots of redrafting. We also talk about some of the challenges of writing a memoir both emotionally and legally and vulnerability of exposure. The Last Days is out now.
    Links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781529109528 (The Last Days - Ali Millar)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781784743826 (Original Sins - Matt Rowland Hill)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781787635333 (Idol - Louise O'Neill)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781526622631 (The Year of Miracles - Ella Risbridger)


    You can find Ali on instagram https://www.instagram.com/ali_millar_writes/ (@ali_millar_writes) and Penny https://www.instagram.com/pennywincer/ (@pennywincer)

    • 45 min
    Chloe Timms on dystopian fiction and writing about outsiders

    Chloe Timms on dystopian fiction and writing about outsiders

    Chloe Times is an author, podcaster and former teacher based in Kent. Her debut novel The Seawomen, a dystopian tale about a closed community and one young woman who gets a small taste of freedom, is out now. Chloe and I talk about how her disability naturally leads her to write about marginalised characters, building worlds and complex female friendships on the page. Chloe is a graduate of the Faber Academy and talks about how that experience changed her life as a writer. We also chat about the joys of writing podcasts and her wonderful podcast Confessions of a Debut Novelist.
    Links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781529369564 (The Seawomen - Chloe Timms)
    https://faberacademy.com/scholarship-programme/ (The Faber Academy - Scholarships)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/confessions-of-a-debut-novelist/id1601677222 (Confessions of a Debut Novelist Podcast with Chloe Timms)


    You can find Chloe on twitter https://twitter.com/clotimms (@clotimms) and instagram https://www.instagram.com/clotimms/ (@clotimms)


    You can find Penny on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pennywincer/ (@pennywincer)

    • 53 min
    Chloe Ashby on writing about art, grief and being seen

    Chloe Ashby on writing about art, grief and being seen

    Chloe Ashby is an arts journalist and author based in London. Her debut novel Wet Paint is about a young woman struggling to move forward after the traumatic death of her best friend, who finds solace in a painting and a life of routine, until a sudden change of circumstances has her undressing for strangers as a life model. We talk about ways of finding your way in to a story as a writer, writing about visual art and exploring ideas of control in characters. We also talk about having an 'affair' with novel writing on the side of other paid writing work and Chloe's life as a freelance arts writer working on non-fiction art books and reviewing exhibitions.
    links
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781398702981 (Wet Paint - Chloe Ashby )
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780711256064 (Look at this if you love great art - Chloe Ashby)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780711258044 (Colours of Art: The story of art in 80 palletes - Chloe Ashby)


    https://www.chloeashby.com/ (chloeashby.com)
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chloelashby/ (@chloeashby)
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/chloelashby (@chloeashby)


    You can find us on instagram https://www.instagram.com/pennywincer/ (@pennywincer) and https://www.instagram.com/ali_millar_writes/ (@ali_millar_writes)

    • 41 min

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waywornwanderer ,

Excellent listen for any womxn writer or aspiring writer

I’ve listened to every episode Ali Millar and Penny Wincer have out so far, and can’t wait to keep listening. It is so valuable to get a behind-the-scenes peek at how other mothers tackle the varied social, professional, and family demands placed on their shoulders while still nurturing their creativity. Not condescending in the slightest, it’s like chatting with two friends. (This is where I admit I’d like to be friends with both!) Killer book recommendations as well.

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