It’s Lit But Is It Funny?
Andy Fanton on George’s Marvellous Medicine

Andy Fanton on George’s Marvellous Medicine

June 13, 2022

Andy Fanton talks to me about Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, as well as his own work writing and drawing for The Beano and The Dandy, the responsibility of taking on much-loved iconic characters, NFTs, and the potential retooling of Lord Likely.

Nik Perring on The Rock From The Sky

Nik Perring on The Rock From The Sky

May 23, 2022

The writer Nik Perring talks to me about Jon Klassen's The Rock From The Sky, as well as his own work and how he would cope with an imaginary tail.

Emily Koch on Sorrow and Bliss

Emily Koch on Sorrow and Bliss

May 9, 2022

Emily Koch talks about Meg Mason's hugely successful novel Sorrow and Bliss, currently shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. We also talk about her own award-winning novels and the extraordinary story of how she found her agent.

Robert Garnham on Myles Before Myles

Robert Garnham on Myles Before Myles

April 4, 2022

The poet Robert Garnham – aka Professor of Whimsy and Bard of Exeter – talks to me about Myles Before Myles, the collection of Flann O'Brien's early work. We also talk about his own career in performance poetry and his unexpected brush with fame as creator of one of the Edinburgh Fringe's greatest one liners, as well as the genius of Laurie Anderson and Ivor Cutler.

Beth Miller on The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

Beth Miller on The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

March 21, 2022

The novelist Beth Miller talks to me about Sue Townsend's classic The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, as well as the strange world of tribute acts and how difficult it is to get a funny book published these days.

Cally Taylor on My Sister, The Serial Killer

Cally Taylor on My Sister, The Serial Killer

March 7, 2022

The bestselling novelist Cally Taylor talks to me about Oyinkan Braithwaite's "My Sister, The Serial Killer" and her own work - including the difference between plotting and pantsing, switching genres and keeping up with a schedule of writing a book every year.

Andrew Male on The Extra Man

Andrew Male on The Extra Man

February 14, 2022

The journalist Andrew Male joins me to talk about Jonathan Ames's The Extra Man and his own work at Mojo magazine and elsewhere.

Karen Jones on One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night

Karen Jones on One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night

December 6, 2021

Karen Jones discusses Christopher Brookmyre's hilarious thriller One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night, as well as her own work as a writer and judge of short stories and flash fiction.

Jane Lovering on Northanger Abbey

Jane Lovering on Northanger Abbey

November 16, 2021

Award-winning author Jane Lovering discusses Jane Austen's surprisingly contemporary novel Northanger Abbey, and identifies her as the inventor of Chick Lit. She also revisits a decade-old interview with unexpected results.

Scott Pack on The Wise Men of Schilda

Scott Pack on The Wise Men of Schilda

October 25, 2021

Publishing legend Scott Pack discuss Otfried Preussler's The Wise Men of Schilda and its unexpected modern day parallels. He also talks about why no-one takes comic literature seriously and the future of publishing in general.

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