Love books? Like writing? Me too, so I’ve decided to round up my go-to podcasts on the subject; including author interviews, tips, advice and recommendations.
As some of you probably know, I am nearly a year into my MA in Creative Writing which I’m really enjoying. For the past year I’ve been trying to read and write as much as possible as well as immersing myself more in the publishing industry. Consequently I’ve discovered some great podcasts, if books are your bag, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here.
THE RIFF RAFF
The Riff Raff is hosted by Rosy Edwards and Amy Baker and specifically features interviews with debut authors, discussing their road to publication so it’s particularly interesting for aspiring writers as well as those who like to discover new authors at the outset of their careers. If you’re London-based, The Riff Raff also hosts regular events; intimate literary salons where new authors give readings from their debut novel and take questions from the audience. Listen here.
THE BRIT-LIT PODCAST
The Brit-Lit podcast is a fortnightly show featuring news and views from the world of British books and publishing, hosted by author Claire Hanscombe. Claire interviews a really nice mix of writers and also offers her own book recommendations based on recent releases. Listen here.
Book Off! is a literary podcast with a difference in that it features two prominent authors pitted against each other to argue the case for their very favourite work of fiction. Often this will include classic books but also less well-known choices too. There’s also plenty of interesting chat about the authors’ own work plus lively discussion on the publishing industry in general. Listen here.
THE BESTSELLER EXPERIMENT
The Bestseller Experiment was set up by author & screenwriter Mark Stay and development coach Mark Desvaux, to see whether they could co-write a bestselling novel in a year, while interviewing authors and experts along the way. The ‘experiment’ started over a year ago so it’s worth going back to the beginning and listening to episodes chronologically especially as they feature some amazing authors. Check out the Vault of Gold where every great nugget of writing advice gleaned from author interviews has been stored for reference. Listen here.
THE CREATIVE WRITER’S TOOLBELT
Andrew Chamberlain is a creative writing expert who offers some really helpful and practical advice on the craft of writing. So if you want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of creative writing but don’t have the time or money to do a course, this is a really good free resource and there’s a large back catalogue of episodes to check out. Listen here.
THE JOINED UP WRITING PODCAST
The Joined up writing podcast is hosted by music and video producer Wayne Kelly who is currently writing his own crime novel. Author interviews, advice, insight and book reviews are included with a healthy dose of empathy from Wayne on the ups and downs of the whole publishing process. Listen here.
Let me know if you have any other podcast recommendations – I am the queen of procrastination and always have room for more!