#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:

Don't forget you can always share your favourite books by women with us via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And if you've been enjoying the podcast, please don't forget to rate, review and subscribe in your favourite podcast app - it really helps us climbs those rankings and reach others just like you!

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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#105: Rebel Dykes // Nasty Women // Karen Kao

March 8, 2017

In this episode, we're getting over-excited about being involved in a very exciting event in Manchester; a work-in-progress cut screening of the documentary Rebel Dykes, followed by a panel discussion and spoken word showcase curated by yours truly. First up, we got producer Siobhan Fahey to tell us all about it. Then, to celebrate, Jane and Paul discuss their favourite books with heroines who could be described as rebel dykes, including...

Then, Rebecca Smith chats to the team behind 404 Ink, ahead of our collaboration on the London launch of Nasty Women at the end of the month. In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca gets the lowdown from author Karen Kao, whose debut novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle will be published by Linen Press next month.

 

Next time, we're talking poetry, so follow us on Twitter, Insta or Facebook to share your must-reads with us there. Until then...

 

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#104: Women in Horror // Amy Burns

February 22, 2017

It's still Women in Horror Month for the next few days, so in this episode Jane Bradley and Paul Forster start by discussing the books that have them sleeping with the lights on, including...

In A Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith chats to novelist Amy Burns, author of Leaving is My Color.

If you're listening to this on release date, come on down tonight for the 2nd birthday of our spoken word night, That's What She Said. Otherwise, check out the website or our social channels for details of the other exciting events we've got coming up.

Before we go: it's the last few days to submit to our ghosts anthology! Submissions close this weekend, February 26th. Send us your short stories now.

In the meantime: follow us on Twitter, Insta or Facebook, and please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review. Until next time... 

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#103: Fictional Character Crushes // Kirsty Logan

February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day is coming up, so this fortnight co-hosts Jane Bradley and Paul Forster share their fictional character crushes, including....

(Like we mentioned last time, although our main remit is writing by women, in 2017 and beyond we intend to expand our focus to include more writers who identify as trans, genderqueer, genderfluid and/or non-binary. That's why we've continued to discuss and include work by Billy Martin written under the name and identity of Poppy Z. Brite.)

Honorable mentions: Our very own erotica collection, Tongue in Cheek.

In a Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith interviews Kirsty Logan on her writing locations, habits and processes, as well as her own fictional character fangirling.

Next time, we'll be talking women in horror, so get in touch on Twitter, Insta or Facebook to tell us yours. Until then...

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#102: LGBT History Month // Claire Fuller

January 25, 2017

LGBT History Month gets underway in February, and we're getting the party started early! This fortnight, co-hosts Jane Bradley and Paul Forster share some of their favourite books by LGBTQIA+ authors, including...

(Although our main remit is writing by women, in 2017 and beyond we intend to expand our focus to include more writers who identify as trans, genderqueer, genderfluid and/or non-binary. That's why we've continued to discuss and include work by Billy Martin written under the name and identity of Poppy Z. Brite.)

Honorable mentions for: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982) by Audre Lorde and Wolf-Girls (2012) edited by Hannah Kate.

In Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith interviews Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lessons.

Next time, we'll be discussing our crushes on fictional characters ready for Valentine's Day, so get in touch on Twitter, Insta or Facebook to tell us yours. Until then...

 

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#101: Most Anticipated Books of 2017 // Deanna Raybourn

January 11, 2017

The For Books' Sake podcast returns! Hosted by Jane Bradley and Paul Forster with correspondent Rebecca Smith, this fortnight you can hear Jane and Paul discuss their most anticipated books of 2017, including...

Defender by G. X. Todd (January, Headline); Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees (January, HarperCollins); A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds (February, Hodder Stoughton); Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (March, Timbuktu Labs); Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross (March, Peepal Tree Press); The Night Brother by Rosie Garland (June, Borough Press).

Highlights from 2016 (not all of which came out in 2016!): Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon and Trash by Dorothy Allison.

For our new segment A Room of One's Own, Rebecca Smith interviews New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn. (Want more? Read our 2011 interview with her here.)

Feeling inspired? We're still accepting submissions to our next anthology.

Until next time: get in touch via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email to tell us which books you're most excited about in 2017!

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