A Room of One’s Own with Natalie Fergie

August 9, 2017

"There are a lot of post-its and marker pens, but the long piece of paper is the start." Novelist Natalie Fergie, author of The Sewing Machine, talks about her writing process, being surround by dye, and explains how 'the dog is integral to writing the book.'

 

The Sewing Machine is out now from Unbound: "A novel for anyone who goes to jumble sales, charity shops, American Yard Sales or Australian Op Shops. It’s for people who wonder who owned that old biscuit tin or the tatty cookbook with the writing in the margins, and who are intrigued by the stories these objects might tell."

 

This is our last episode for now, because we're off to Edinburgh Fringe! Our run starts ONE WEEK TODAY and we'll be there 16th-26th August with a free, daily-changing showcase of the best new writing and performance by women. See you there, and thanks for listening!

 

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A Room of One’s Own with Louise Hutcheson

August 2, 2017

Whether it's on a train, in a cafe or in bed... Louise Hutcheson is a writing nomad. In this episode of A Room of One's Own, Rebecca and Louise talk people-watching in libraries, technology meltdowns, writing routines (or lack of), and balancing full-time work with being published.

Louise Hutcheson is the author of The Paper Cell, set in 1950s London and Edinburgh, in which a literary agent finds fame when he secretly steals a young woman’s brilliant novel manuscript and publishes it under his own name. The Paper Cell is out now from Saraband.

In For Books' Sake news: this week we've got a literary pub quiz in London, which is your last chance to donate to our Edinburgh Fringe fund. Show off your book smarts, chuck some pennies in the kitty and win some prizes. Otherwise, our Edinburgh Fringe run starts two weeks today!

 

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A Room of One’s Own with Leone Ross

July 26, 2017

Find a cafe with good hot chocolate and no internet. Somewhere you can develop the 'physical and emotional memory' of writing fiction. In this episode of A Room of One's Own, Becka gets gorgeous writing advice galore from Come Let Us Sing Anyway author Leone Ross. Come Let Us Sing Anyway is out now from Peepal Tree Press and it's had SO MANY glowing reviews that all we can add is that you'd better get your mitts on it, quick.

Live in London? Come on down to our last That's What She Said of the summer tonight. Otherwise, keep counting down the days; our first ever Edinburgh Fringe run starts three weeks today!

 

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A Room of One’s Own with Lee Winter

July 19, 2017

It's another special Room of One's Own! Becka chats to Lee Winter, author of Shattered. Shattered is the story of Shattergirl, Earth’s first lesbian guardian—a brilliant but aloof alien superheroine who can hurl and destroy large objects—who's refusing to save people and has gone off the grid. Read an extract from the novel here.

 In For Books' Sake news: our last That's What She Said of the summer takes place one week today, and in four weeks time we're off to Edinburgh Fringe. Hopefully see you on the road soon!

 

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A Room of One’s Own with Kaite Welsh

July 12, 2017

We apologise for the interruption to our usual transmissions - we were recovering from Grrrl Con 2017 and getting ready for our upcoming adventure to Edinburgh Fringe! Usual episodes will return soon, but in the meantime Becka's chatting to Kaite Welsh, author of feminist Victorian crime fiction novel The Wages of Sin, in a special A Room of One's Own mini-episode.

For more from Kaite, check out her website, read the opening chapter of The Wages of Sin, or read her Bodice Ripper columns on For Books' Sake.

For more from For Books' Sake, come along to our pub quiz fundraisers in London and Manchester, or join us two weeks today for our last London That's What She Said of the summer!

 

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#110: Escape // Helen McClory

May 24, 2017

We survived the apocalypse, but if you're anything like us this week, you still want to escape. So this episode, Paul and Jane are sharing their recommended reads for when you just need to get away from it all, including...

  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Pussy, King of the Pirates by Kathy Acker
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
  • The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith chats to author Helen McClory about horizontal writing and her novel, The Flesh of the Peach.

Upcoming events mentioned in tonight's episode that you won't want to miss:

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Stay safe out there, and thanks for listening.

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#109: Apocalypse Books // Alyssa Warren

May 3, 2017

The world's probably ending any day now, so first up this episode we're sharing our ultimate apocalypse books, including:

In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith is talking to novelist, photographer and printmaker Alyssa Warren, author of Not the Only Sky, which was published last week by Black and White Publishing.

In other news: we've got events coming up in London and Manchester, there's still a final few tickets to Grrrl Con available, and we'd love it if you can please rate, review and subscribe. See you next time!

 

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#108: World Book Night Wonders // Hannah Kent

April 19, 2017

It's almost World Book Night! Jane and Paul discuss past, present and future WBN picks, including colour-flipped dystopias, grief-stricken and anxious narrators, a book for when you're heartbroken and classics worth revisiting:

On our list:

 And hopefully on the list in 2018: The Diva Rules by Michelle Visage

In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca chats to Hannah Kent, awardwinning author of Burial Rites, and whose latest novel The Good People is out now (download a free sample chapter via her website).

And don't forget to grab your Grrrl Con ticket while there's still some left. Plus there's still time to vote for us in the Saboteur Awards.

 

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#107: Jane and Paul’s High School Reunion // Chibundu Onuzo

April 5, 2017

Twenty years on from Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion, we're taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing about the books by women we loved in high school. Hear Jane and Paul wax lyrical about high school heroines including: 

Plus honorable mentions for: Stitched Up by Tansy Hoskins, In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. LeGuin

In A Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith chats to awardwinning novelist Chibundo Onuzo, author of Welcome to Lagos.

Other news: Our spoken word night That's What She Said got shortlisted for a Saboteur Award! Vote for us to win Best Spoken Word Night here. We've also just released more tickets for Grrrl Con, so get yours while you can.

Tell us what you were reading in high school by getting in touch via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and please don't forget to rate, review and subscribe. Until next time!

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#106: Performance Poetry Queen Team // Ayobami Adebayo

March 22, 2017

Yesterday was World Poetry Day! First up in this fortnight's episode, Paul and Jane are celebrating by sharing some of their favourite women performance poets, including: 

Honorable mentions for: Commonword's Women in the Spotlight programme and The Good Immigrant.

In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith chats to Ayobami Adebayo, whose debut novel Stay with Me has just been nominated for the Bailey's Prize.

Last up, a reminder about next week's launch of Nasty Women with 404 Ink. The number of tickets left are down to single digits so grab yours while you can!

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