65 episodes

A literary fiction podcast hosted by authors Jaimie Batchan and Lochlan Bloom.

We talk to fellow writers of literary fiction about process, what makes fiction 'real' and the motivation to sit down in front of an empty page and make things up...

Unsound Methods Unsound Methods

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A literary fiction podcast hosted by authors Jaimie Batchan and Lochlan Bloom.

We talk to fellow writers of literary fiction about process, what makes fiction 'real' and the motivation to sit down in front of an empty page and make things up...

    Amina Cain

    Amina Cain

    Episode 64 with Amina Cain

    • 50 min
    Christopher Priest

    Christopher Priest

    Episode 63 with Christopher Priest

    • 52 min
    Bill Drummond

    Bill Drummond

    Episode 62 with Bill Drummond

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Iman Mersal

    Iman Mersal

    Episode 61 with Iman Mersal

    • 45 min
    Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams

    Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams

    Episode 60 with Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams

    This month, we are speaking to not one but two authors as we discuss collaborative writing with Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams.

    Natasha and Luke are the joint authors of Diego Garcia, winner of the 2022 Goldsmiths Prize. We talk about their unique approach to crafting a novel and the differences between empathy and solidarity, as well as the current situation for the displaced Chagossian people, a key focus of their novel. 


    An update from the authors:

    This podcast was recorded on 13 October when the UK was in active negotiations to hand back the Chagos Archipelago to Mauritius, whose sovereignty over the islands is internationally recognised. The then UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly’s announcement on 3 November 2022 included a statement of the UK’s will to "resolve all outstanding issues" in relation to Chagos, indicating recognition of the Chagossian people’s right to return.

    In January 2024, in a Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting discussion of defence issues in relation to current world events, including Israel’s continuing violation of international law in relation to its occupation of Palestine, and its genocidal assault on the Palestinian people, the recently appointed Foreign Secretary David Cameron strongly indicated that the return of the Chagossian people to their islands was no longer a possibility, and that “the overriding question must be the safety, security and usability of this base”.

    You can find out more about the Chagossian struggle for reparations and the right to return here:

    thechagosrefugeesgroup.com
    https://chagossianvoices.org/

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    Find us on Twitter: @UnsoundMethods - @JaimieBatchan - @LochlanBloom

    Jaimie's Instagram is: @jaimie_batchan

    Or at jaimiebatchan.com and lochlanbloom.com

    We have a store page on Bookshop, where you can find our books, as well as those of previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/unsoundmethods

    Thanks for listening, please like, subscribe and rate Unsound Methods wherever you get your podcasts. Our website is: https://unsoundmethods.co.uk/

    • 44 min
    David Shields

    David Shields

    Episode 59 with David Shields

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Kaitlyn Bankson ,

Literary Fiction Still Lives

It’s good to hear literary fiction authors being represented. I also appreciate that the hosts take the art form seriously. It is certainly interesting to hear everyone’s writing methods, though some guests I strongly disagreed with in terms of their subject and/or method.

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