Latest podcasts on Literature

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28 Apr 2017
-26 min

The Monocle Arts Review - Adam Kirsch on the “global novel”: 

In his new book ‘The Global Novel – Writing the World in the 21st Century’, Adam Kirsch analyses eight 21st-century novelists ranging from Elena Ferrante to Haruki Murakami. He argues that these authors speak to a global audience, different from writers of previous centuries.

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21 Apr 2017
9 min

The Monocle Arts Review - Sharmaine Lovegrove’s book review: 

Sharmaine Lovegrove, book scout and literary editor at ‘Elle’ reviews the debut novel by Olivia Sudjic, ‘Sympathy’, and the latest from Edward Docx, ‘Let Go My Hand’.

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13 May 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Bill Hayes: 

Bill Hayes, the author, photographer and long-term partner of writer and professor of neurology Oliver Sacks, reveals the stories of their lives and talks about his moving new book ‘Insomniac City, New York, Oliver and Me’.

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6 May 2017
28 min

Meet the Writers - The Legend of Hay: 

One of the most important literary events on the planet celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Taking place in a tiny town in Wales, Hay Festival is a party of ideas and stories spread over 800 events in 10 days. We meet some of the big names who’ll be appearing, including Peter Florence, Howard Jacobson, Hannah Rothschild, Philippe Sands, Tahmima Anam, Elif Safak, Cressida Cowell and Sarfraz Manzoor.

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29 Apr 2017
26 min

Meet the Writers - Rowan Pelling: 

Best known for editing the literary magazine ‘The Erotic Review’, Rowan Pelling discusses her new publication ‘The Amorist’, which invites readers to explore the notion that sexual love is the greatest and most compelling mystery of human existence. This is not cellophane-wrapped top-shelf material – Pelling says that “the erotic is what you do with a feather, pornography involves the whole bird”.

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24 Apr 2017
28 min

Culture with Robert Bound - Behind the scenes at Monocle, issue 103: 

We meet some of the people who contributed the May edition of Monocle. Georgina Godwin tells us about her story on the Hay Festival turning 30, Andrew Mueller chats about his trip to the Paris apartment of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan and Robert Bound sits down with our photo director, Matt Beaman, to discuss why Photo London is a must-attend event this year.

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22 Apr 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Irvine Welsh: 

Georgina Godwin meets Irvine Welsh, the hugely acclaimed and often controversial author who defined a generation with his debut novel ‘Trainspotting’. In his new book ‘The Blade Artist’, Begbie is back. Find out how this bad boy of Glasgow has reinvented himself – and how the author has too.

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17 Apr 2017
30 min

Culture with Robert Bound - How do you write true crime?: 

People have always loved a good murder-mystery but recently there’s been an influx of binge-worthy documentaries, books and podcasts based on true crime, such as ‘Serial’ and Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’. From Malaysia to Rio via the streets of 1960s New York, we find out why this genre has become so popular recently and how writers and film-makers use real cases to feed our thirst for a twisted tale.

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9 Apr 2017
30 min

The Big Interview - Isabel Allende: 

Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker sits down with celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende to discuss the art of storytelling, her deep-rooted affection for Chile and Latin America, the dangers of the US’s new government and her human-rights work.

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8 Apr 2017
26 min

Meet the Writers - Samantha Shannon : 

Author of ‘The Bone Season’, Samantha Shannon wrote her first book at 15 and signed a six-figure book deal for a seven-book adventure series at just 21. Here she talks about growing up in London, “hanging out in Camden market pretending to be a goth”, the importance of experimentation and the third instalment in her series ‘The Song Rising’.

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25 Mar 2017
30 min

Meet the Writers - Polish literature at The London Book Fair: 

Born and based in rural Poland, Olga Tokarczuk trained as a psychologist – but after discovering she was more neurotic than her clients she quit to became an author. We visit the London Book Fair to speak to her about her unconventional books – and also meet Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series.

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18 Mar 2017
28 min

Meet the Writers - The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature : 

It’s the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word and brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to promote education and the love of reading and writing. We visit the Dubai festival to hear from crime writer Piyush Jha and editor of India’s ‘Screen’ magazine Priyanka Sinha Jha. We also hear from musicians, poets and some of the voices behind the festival.

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11 Mar 2017
29 min

Meet the Writers - Jeffrey Archer : 

This week’s sun-drenched episode comes from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai. Georgina Godwin catches up with Jeffrey Archer, whose books have been published in 97 countries, in more than 37 languages and sold more than 270 million copies worldwide. We also hear from the festival CEO Isobel Abulhoul, who tells us why she started the annual event back in 2009.

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4 Mar 2017
29 min

Meet the Writers - Catherine Mayer: 

The momentum of the feminist movement has increased in recent years. This year alone an estimated 4.8 million people have protested for gender equality and, in 2015, the UK parliament saw the birth of the Women’s Equality party. Journalist and bestselling author Catherine Mayer is a founding member and her latest book ‘Attack of the Fifty Foot Women’ draws on her experience as ‘Time’ magazine’s editor at large and uses illuminating accounts to outline the process of founding the political party.

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2 Mar 2017
5 min

The Monocle 100 - 54–58: at 30,000ft: 

Travelling by plane can be an excellent opportunity to get down ideas, come up with a business plan or start writing that novel. Author Cathy Rentzenbrink tells us how a long-haul flight was the perfect setting for penning her memoir ‘The Last Act of Love’.

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