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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24 Jun 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Danny Wallace: 

As a film-maker, comedian, radio and TV presenter, actor and bestselling author, Danny Wallace is a man of many talents. He’s formed a cult, created a country and spent months just saying “yes” – a project that became a hugely successful film starring Jim Carrey. Wallace joins Georgina Godwin to chat about his new book, in which he asks why we are all so bloody rude.

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12 Jun 2017
28 min

Culture with Robert Bound - Something Old, Something New: Sharmaine Lovegrove and Elizabeth Day: 

Tom Edwards stands in for Robert Bound in this month’s episode of ‘Something Old, Something New’. He's joined in the studio by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor for ‘Elle’ magazine, and journalist and author Elizabeth Day, to discuss the items that have influenced and interested them.

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10 Jun 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Prabda Yoon: 

Prabda Yoon studied art in New York before returning to his native Thailand at 26 to fulfill his obligatory conscription. Since then Yoon’s writing career has flourished as critics have hailed him the new modern voice of Thailand. He speaks about his interest in experimentation and dadaism, and how his work is playfully influenced by these elements.

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5 Jun 2017
30 min

Culture with Robert Bound - What is the magic of Hay Festival?: 

As the world’s greatest celebration of literature turns 30 we find out what makes it beloved by so many.

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27 May 2017
27 min

Meet the Writers - Kathy Reichs: 

Forensic anthropologist and ‘New York Times’ best-selling author Kathy Reichs talks about her biggest cases to date, her hugely successful Temperance Brennan series, which was turned into the TV serial ‘Bones’, and her new book ‘Two Nights’.

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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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