Latest podcasts on Literature

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17 Jan 2021
30 min

Meet the Writers - Tim Sainsbury: 

Tim Sainsbury was responsible for the development and strategy of Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s largest supermarkets. Aside from an illustrious initial career in retail, he is perhaps best known for being a Conservative politician. Over a political career that lasted more than 20 years, he had spells as minister of state for trade and minister for industry. An avid art collector in his spare time, his book, ‘Among the Supporting Cast’, details his fascinating and varied life.

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10 Jan 2021
30 min

Meet the Writers - Chris Atkins and Lottie Moggach: 

Chris Atkins was jailed for tax fraud and has written an eye-opening book about the experience, ‘A Bit of a Stretch’. His former partner Lottie Moggach also uses memories of the time to inform her novel ‘Brixton Hill’. Georgina Godwin speaks to them together to find out more about the experience and the resulting books.

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3 Jan 2021
30 min

Meet the Writers - The writers we met in 2020. Part 2: Dustin Lance Black, Isabel Allende, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Robert Reich: 

On this best of ‘Meet The Writers’, we bring you highlights from conversations with Academy award-winner and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black, Chilean author Isabel Allende, best-selling Nigerian-UK novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite and US presidential adviser Robert Reich.

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27 Dec 2020
30 min

Meet the Writers - The writers we met in 2020. Part 1: The Booker prize: 

We revisit our interview with this year’s Booker prize-winner Douglas Stuart, and hear from shortlisted authors Maaza Mengiste, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Brandon Taylor.

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20 Dec 2020
30 min

Meet the Writers - Andrey Kurkov: 

Andrey Kurkov, a former prison warden turned journalist, is now one of Ukraine’s most successful literary exports. He has numerous novels and screenplays to his name, including the bestselling ‘Death and the Penguin’. His latest book, ‘Grey Bees’, details the turmoils in Ukraine as viewed by a mild-mannered beekeeper.

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13 Dec 2020
30 min

Meet the Writers - Peter Cardwell: 

As special adviser to a total of four cabinet ministers, Peter Cardwell worked at the highest levels of government, gaining insight into rarely seen aspects of life in Whitehall. His book, ‘The Secret life of Special Advisers’, reveals all, detailing what the roles of people such as Dominic Cummings and Alastair Campbell really involve.

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6 Dec 2020
30 min

Meet the Writers - Jason Diakite: 

Jason Diakite is best known for his illustrious career as a hip hop artist in Sweden. Performing in the group Excel and then solo as Timbuktu, he has performed all over the world, including at the Nobel Peace prize ceremony. His critically acclaimed memoir ‘A Drop of Midnight’ has sold more than 100,000 copies in Sweden and is an honest and intimate account of his and his family’s history, from slavery in the southern states of the US to modern-day Sweden.

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29 Apr 2021
18 min

Meet the Writers - Hay-on-Earth on Monocle Reads: 

This week we continue exploring the programme of the upcoming Hay Festival with a closer look at Hay-on-Earth, a series of 22 events exploring the latest environmental science, sustainable policies and creative responses to the climate crisis. Georgina Godwin talks with two of the writers speaking as part of Hay-on-Earth; author and scientist Jonathan Drori tells us about his book ‘Around the World in 80 Plants’ and Imbolo Mbue, best-selling author of ‘Beloved Dreams’, speaks to us about her latest novel, ‘How Beautiful We Were’.

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22 Apr 2021
23 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Hay Festival : 

Hay Festival has just announced the programme for its 34th spring edition, a digital event broadcasting some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers from the small town of Hay-on-Wye. To get an overview, we hear from chair of the festival Caroline Michel, as well as two of the writers speaking: award-winning author Jon McGregor and hugely successful debut novelist Hafsa Zayyan.

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1 Apr 2021
13 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Jessie Greengrass: 

Jessie Greengrass is a rising star in British literature. She has won numerous awards and her debut novel ‘Sight’ was shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book ‘The High House’, which explores the difficult realities of living through climate change.

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11 Mar 2021
20 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Molly McCully Brown : 

Molly McCully Brown is a writer, poet and essayist. Her work has featured across a variety of high-profile publications, including ‘The Paris Review’, ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The Yale Review’, and she has been the recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships, including the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. She talks to Georgina Godwin about her latest essay collection ‘Places I’ve Taken My Body’, which explores living within and beyond the limits of your body.

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4 Feb 2021
13 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Lipika Pelham : 

Lipika Pelham is a British-Bengali journalist and author, who worked for a number of years for the BBC World Service in London before moving to Jerusalem. Continuing her work for BBC radio there, she also made the award-winning documentary ‘Deadly Honour’. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book ‘Passing: An Alternative History of Identity’.

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28 Jan 2021
13 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Nicholas Fox Weber : 

Nicholas Fox Weber is a cultural historian and executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is the author of several books about the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal’, which details the life and work of the couple who were among the most important abstract artists of the 20th century.

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21 Jan 2021
12 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Lyndsey Stonebridge : 

Lyndsey Stonebridge is a writer and professor of humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. A prolific author, her writing has earned her a number of accolades, including the Modernist Studies Association book prize. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, ‘Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights’.

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14 Jan 2021
21 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Cory Doctorow: 

Cory Doctorow is a journalist, activist and science fiction author. His output has ranged across short stories, novels and graphic novels, including multiple ‘New York Times’ best sellers. He is also a passionate copyright law and intellectual property activist. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest novel ‘Attack Surface’, a stand-alone title set in the world of his previous books, ‘Little Brother’ and ‘Homeland’.

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7 Jan 2021
18 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Mia Levitin: 

Mia Levitin is a cultural and literary critic who has written for publications from the ‘Financial Times’ to ‘The Guardian’. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her book ‘The Future of Seduction’, which details the ever-changing world of sex, dating and relationships in the digital era. The book is one of five essays in the Futures series.

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17 Dec 2020
15 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Nanjala Nyabola: 

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, political analyst and activist. With degrees from both Oxford University and Harvard Law School, she has written across a variety of topics including the internet, politics and travel. She speaks with Georgina Godwin about her latest book ‘Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move’.

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10 Dec 2020
18 min

Meet the Writers - Monocle Reads: Antony Johnston: 

Antony Johnston is a ‘New York Times’ bestselling writer and podcaster whose work spans multiple genres and formats, from books to video games. One of his most notable works, the graphic novel ‘Coldest City’, went on to be adapted into the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Atomic Blonde’ starring Charlize Theron. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘The Organised Writer’, a no-nonsense guide to better productivity for writers.

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