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We'd Like A Word We'd Like A Word

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A podcast & radio show about words: writers, readers, books, poetry, lyrics, scripts, comedy, illustrators, agents & all things wordy.

    49. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 1): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    49. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 1): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    49. Rachael Blok (part 1) joins We'd Like A Word hosts Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, & a live audience inside the historic & beautiful Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles, where John Milton wrote (or dictated) the epic poem, Paradise Lost. We're inside this little living museum because Rachael's new book, The Fall, is inspired by Paradise Lost. It begins - small spoiler alert - with someone plummeting from a great height - from the top of St Alban's Cathedral. So we talk about Satan, heaven & hell, the very rough deal for women in Paradise Lost & Milton's influence more generally. But we also talk about how Rachael writes her books - this is the fourth in her DCI Maartin Jansen series. Her method is different from everyone else we've had on We'd Like A Word so far, & it's worth considering if you're an author yourself. We also hear a shocking revelation about the series, about what's coming next from Rachael, where she gets her inspiration, & how accurate police procedurals have to be. Happily, Paul & Steve are not having to come up with all the questions themselves - the live audience, many of whom are from the Chesham Bois book group near Amersham, have lots to contribute.

    The next episode of We'd Like A Word will feature Will Carver as part of the Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - tickets are available via the festival website or Milton's Cottage Museum (via Eventbrite). The recording in front of an audience will take place inside Milton's Cottage. Will is the author of Hinton Hollow Death Trip, The Beresford, Psychopaths Anonymous & also disturbing & compelling thrillers. We'll be talking about The Nature of Evil. You should join us in person (or listen later via your podcast platform).

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings, the new comic classic by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 21 min
    48. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 2): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    48. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 2): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    48. Rachael Blok (part 2) joins We'd Like A Word hosts Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, & a live audience inside the historic & beautiful Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles, where John Milton wrote (or dictated) the epic poem, Paradise Lost. We're inside this little living museum because Rachael's new book, The Fall, is inspired by Paradise Lost. It begins - small spoiler alert - with someone plummeting from a great height - from the top of St Alban's Cathedral. So we talk about Satan, heaven & hell, the very rough deal for women in Paradise Lost & Milton's influence more generally. But we also talk about how Rachael writes her books - this is the fourth in her DCI Maartin Jansen series. Her method is different from everyone else we've had on We'd Like A Word so far, & it's worth considering if you're an author yourself. We also hear a shocking revelation about the series, about what's coming next from Rachael, where she gets her inspiration, & how accurate police procedurals have to be. Happily, Paul & Steve are not having to come up with all the questions themselves - the live audience, many of whom are from the Chesham Bois book group near Amersham, have lots to contribute.

    The next episode of We'd Like A Word will feature Will Carver as part of the Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - tickets are available via the festival website or Milton's Cottage Museum (via Eventbrite). The recording in front of an audience will take place inside Milton's Cottage. Will is the author of Hinton Hollow Death Trip, The Beresford, Psychopaths Anonymous & also disturbing & compelling thrillers. We'll be talking about The Nature of Evil. You should join us in person (or listen later via your podcast platform).

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings, the new comic classic by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 18 min
    47. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 3): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    47. Rachael Blok in Milton's Cottage (part 3): How Paradise Lost inspired her book The Fall

    47. Rachael Blok (part 3) joins We'd Like A Word hosts Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, & a live audience inside the historic & beautiful Milton's Cottage in Chalfont St Giles, where John Milton wrote (or dictated) the epic poem, Paradise Lost. We're inside this little living museum because Rachael's new book, The Fall, is inspired by Paradise Lost. It begins - small spoiler alert - with someone plummeting from a great height - from the top of St Alban's Cathedral. So we talk about Satan, heaven & hell, the very rough deal for women in Paradise Lost & Milton's influence more generally. But we also talk about how Rachael writes her books - this is the fourth in her DCI Maartin Jansen series. Her method is different from everyone else we've had on We'd Like A Word so far, & it's worth considering if you're an author yourself. We also hear a shocking revelation about the series, about what's coming next from Rachael, where she gets her inspiration, & how accurate police procedurals have to be. Happily, Paul & Steve are not having to come up with all the questions themselves - the live audience, many of whom are from the Chesham Bois book group near Amersham, have lots to contribute.

    The next episode of We'd Like A Word will feature Will Carver as part of the Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival - tickets are available via the festival website or Milton's Cottage Museum (via Eventbrite). The recording in front of an audience will take place inside Milton's Cottage. Will is the author of Hinton Hollow Death Trip, The Beresford, Psychopaths Anonymous & also disturbing & compelling thrillers. We'll be talking about The Nature of Evil. You should join us in person (or listen later via your podcast platform).

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings, the new comic classic by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 31 min
    46. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 1): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    46. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 1): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    46. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 1): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan on the We'd Like A Word books & authors podcast, with insights into how they write, advice for new authors & books they love. Awais Khan, from Lahore in Pakistan, is the author of two novels - In The Company of Strangers (published by Simon & Schuster India, & soon to be published in the UK by Hera) & No Honour (published by Orenda Books - we had the publisher Karen Sullivan on a previous hilarious and revealing episode of We'd Like A Word). In The Company of Strangers is being made into a feature for Pikchur TV online streaming service. Awais is also the founder of The Writing Institute in Lahore.

    Awais talks agents, Annette Crossland, overcoming discouragement, how to schedule your writing, Jackie Collins, how to be socially relevant, the problem of counterfeit books in Pakistan, if you can be a writer while holding down a day job, his experience of The Faber Academy, Liberty Books, the Indian/Pakistan trade embargo, forced marriage & so-called honour killings, and the Edhi Foundation. We also hear about comic novels and Steve's Dad - also an author & a friend of Daphne du Maurier.

    Amitav Ghosh is the renowned Indian author of the Sea of Poppies trilogy & more recently, Jungle Nama. His writing advice is to write the book you would love to read yourself, or that would make you laugh or cry. He recommends Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

    Vikram Chandra is most famous for writing Sacred Games, which was made into the extremely popular Netflix series of the same name. He advises new authors to follow their obsessions & ignore the received wisdom that you should write what you know. On the contrary, he says you should write what you do not know, what obsesses you. He recommends Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 21 min
    45. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 2): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    45. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 2): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    45. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 2): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan on the We'd Like A Word books & authors podcast, with insights into how they write, advice for new authors & books they love. Awais Khan, from Lahore in Pakistan, is the author of two novels - In The Company of Strangers (published by Simon & Schuster India, & soon to be published in the UK by Hera) & No Honour (published by Orenda Books - we had the publisher Karen Sullivan on a previous hilarious and revealing episode of We'd Like A Word). In The Company of Strangers is being made into a feature for Pikchur TV online streaming service. Awais is also the founder of The Writing Institute in Lahore.

    Awais talks agents, Annette Crossland, overcoming discouragement, how to schedule your writing, Jackie Collins, how to be socially relevant, the problem of counterfeit books in Pakistan, if you can be a writer while holding down a day job, his experience of The Faber Academy, Liberty Books, the Indian/Pakistan trade embargo, forced marriage & so-called honour killings, and the Edhi Foundation. We also hear about comic novels and Steve's Dad - also an author & a friend of Daphne du Maurier.

    Amitav Ghosh is the renowned Indian author of the Sea of Poppies trilogy & more recently, Jungle Nama. His writing advice is to write the book you would love to read yourself, or that would make you laugh or cry. He recommends Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

    Vikram Chandra is most famous for writing Sacred Games, which was made into the extremely popular Netflix series of the same name. He advises new authors to follow their obsessions & ignore the received wisdom that you should write what you know. On the contrary, he says you should write what you do not know, what obsesses you. He recommends Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 22 min
    44. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 3): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    44. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 3): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra

    44. Writers in Pakistan & India (part 3): Awais Khan, Amitav Ghosh & Vikram Chandra join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan on the We'd Like A Word books & authors podcast, with insights into how they write, advice for new authors & books they love. Awais Khan, from Lahore in Pakistan, is the author of two novels - In The Company of Strangers (published by Simon & Schuster India, & soon to be published in the UK by Hera) & No Honour (published by Orenda Books - we had the publisher Karen Sullivan on a previous hilarious and revealing episode of We'd Like A Word). In The Company of Strangers is being made into a feature for Pikchur TV online streaming service. Awais is also the founder of The Writing Institute in Lahore.

    Awais talks agents, Annette Crossland, overcoming discouragement, how to schedule your writing, Jackie Collins, how to be socially relevant, the problem of counterfeit books in Pakistan, if you can be a writer while holding down a day job, his experience of The Faber Academy, Liberty Books, the Indian/Pakistan trade embargo, forced marriage & so-called honour killings, and the Edhi Foundation. We also hear about comic novels and Steve's Dad - also an author & a friend of Daphne du Maurier. 

    Amitav Ghosh is the renowned Indian author of the Sea of Poppies trilogy & more recently, Jungle Nama. His writing advice is to write the book you would love to read yourself, or that would make you laugh or cry. He recommends Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

    Vikram Chandra is most famous for writing Sacred Games, which was made into the extremely popular Netflix series of the same name. He advises new authors to follow their obsessions & ignore the received wisdom that you should write what you know. On the contrary, he says you should write what you do not know, what obsesses you. He recommends Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.

    • 23 min

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