September 26, 2015
The writer Lisa C. Taylor talks about her short story collection Growing
a New Tail. She explains her affinity for Ireland, having first
traveled there upon winning a residency. Three stories in her collection
are analyzed in depth and we also look at the different processes
involved in writing fiction versus poetry.
September 24, 2015
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Ireland's top crime fiction writer
Louise Phillips joins us for an in-depth discussion of her latest novel,
The Game Changer. This involves such topics as repressed memory, the
psychological manipulation of groups of people, as well as more purely
literary topics such as the development of Phillips' protagonist Kate
We have a copy of The Game Changer to give away. If you listen to the end of the podcast, you'll hear how to enter.
September 16, 2015
Steve Toltz, author of the new novel Quicksand joins us in a remarkably revealing conversation about the inner life of a writer. Toltz speaks openly about his ambivalence when his first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. He walks us through his process of developing the characters, settings and structure of Quicksand which he intended to be as close to a complete opposite of A Fraction of the Whole as he could manage. This is a 'must listen' for all writers and those who love the art of writing.