#3: Megaphone, Mental Health and More

June 3, 2016

In this episode...

Interview with Leila Rasheed
Leila Rasheed
is a young adult and children’s author of numerous publications, including Chips, Beans and Limousines, which was awarded the Red House Read of the Year in 2009 and shortlisted for the Wigan Explore Book Award.

Leila is the Founder of Megaphone, a new writer development scheme for BAME writers who want to write their first children’s novel. She was born in Libya to English-Bangladeshi parents and lives in Birmingham with her husband and child. She tweets at LeilaR.

Feature on visible and invisible disabilities

Books mentioned:

  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney
  •  72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell
  • The Madolescents by Chrissie Glazebrook
  • Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by Shelia Black (ed) Jennifer Bartlett (ed) & Michael Northern (ed)
  • The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Journals and Magazines

  •  Pentimento
  • THE FEM focus on minority groups in general, but keen to accept stories by women writers with disabilities.
  • Wordgathering - primarily accepting submissions from writers with disabilities

Organisations and Resources

Bonus book recommendations:

  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within by Gayathri Ramprasad
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper 

News and what's coming up

  • Grrrl Con: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June. Two day festival in Edinburgh championing women writers, presented by For Books' Sake and Write Like a Grrrl. Now sold out but keep an eye on the hashtag #GrrrlCon for quotes, news and more.
  • Scot Lit Fest 2016: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June The virtual literary festival will be bringing some of Scotland’s most exciting and much-loved authors to an online audience, meaning that anyone in the world is able to take part. Participating authors so far include A.L. Kennedy, Kirsty Logan, Helen McClory and more.
  •  The Leeds Big Book End and the Northern Short Story Festival: Talks, book launches, spoken word performances, children’s workshops and a creative writing bilingual workshop.
  • Salena Godden is on tour across the UK throughout the summer. The next episode of the podcast will feature an interview with Salena and a recording of her performing My Tits are more Feminist than your Tits.
  • Curtis Brown Scholarship

Until next time...


#2: Sonnets, English Homework and Rock Life with Tansy Hoskins and Gemma June Howell

April 27, 2016

In this episode…


On 23 April it was Shakespeare’s 400th birthday and in celebration of this fact we asked you what your favourite sonnets written by women were. Thanks for all the great suggestions via For Books’ Sake’s social media accounts! Grace reads out the top 3 choices in the first part of the podcast:

· Sonnet I by Charlotte Smith from @jenny_mcauley on Twitter

· In this Strange Labyrinth by Lady Mary Wroth from Becca Emily Inglis on Instagram

· Apologies to My Hair: A Black Woman's Sonnet by Allison Joseph

Tansy Hoskins and Gemma June Howell

Gemma June Howell is a Welsh poet, an author of experimental fiction, and a playwright. Tansy Hoskins interviews Gemma June about what drove her to write poetry from the perspective of women living in the Welsh Valleys. During the interview, Gemma June also performs some of her fantastic poems from her debut collection, Rock Life.

Read more about Gemma June Howell’s work on her website and follow Tansy Hoskins on Twitter @TansyHoskins.

Did You Forget Your English Homework?

What books do you think should be on the national curriculum? Lauren reveals what her top choice is and why.


We've introduced a news section! Listen to all the things Grace and Lauren are looking forward to in May and June...

Burnt Roti Magazine @BurntRotiMag
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Upcoming Events

Respectable: Lynsey Hanley with Dawn Foster 5 May 2016 

Bradford Literature Festival 20 – 29 May 2016

The Sonnet Exchange 29 May 2016 

Bad Vibrations + Polyester Zine: PRINCE RAMA 31 May 2016

Submission Deadlines 

Call for fiction submissions from Burning Eye Books 

Open deadline for submissions at Memorious and Soliloquies 

The Moth Short Story Prize closes 30 June 2016

Next Bath Flash Fiction Award closes 12 June 2016 

And finally a deadline that we forgot to mention we wish we hadn’t: 

Sinister Wisdom is accepting submissions for publication in 2018

Get in touch with us with details about the events you're involved with, submission deadlines you think we need to know about or books you want to hear us promote.

(Music credit: https://www.freesound.org/people/leswagcupcakes/sounds/248144/)


#1: Queer YA & Female Film Collectives with Jess Glaisher & Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

April 4, 2016

In the newest episode of the For Books’ Sake podcast, Grace (@gracejbrown) and Lauren (@LaurenKSandhu) interview Jess Glaisher and Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah.

Jess Glaisher
c.1min 30 secs – c. 17 mins
Grace chats to Jess Glaisher (@JGlaisher) about her recent experience of getting published. Jess’ short story Destiny is available in For Books’ Sake’s latest anthology, [RE]Sisters. Grace and Jess discuss abuse in teen relationships and its underrepresentation in YA fiction, and a lack of queer voices in the genre. Jess also tells Grace about her writing practice and how important she feels it is to be part of a female writing collective.

Find out more about...
Write like a Grrrl: http://forbookssake.net/write-like-a-grrrl/
That’s What She Said: http://forbookssake.net/events/event/thats-said/
NaNoWriMo http://nanowrimo.org/

Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

c. 17 mins – c. 43 mins
Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah (@SKMYcollective) are a female film collective from London. Grace and Lauren sat down with Aya Arden-Clarke, Laura Kirwan-Ashman and Charlotte Lowdell to hear about their work ahead of the launch of SKMY’s first web series at the end of April (full details about their launch event in the link below).

Follow SKMY on...

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SKMYcollective
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sortakindamaybeyeah
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sortakindamaybeyeah/
Web series launch: Thurs 28 April @ 7.30pm, Hackney Attic https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/sorta-kinda-maybe-yeah

If you have ideas for future interviews that you would like to hear from the FBS podcast, or you want to send us details about any upcoming events that might be of interest to FBS listeners, drop us an email (podcast@forbookssake.net) or get in touch on Twitter.

(Music credit: https://www.freesound.org/people/leswagcupcakes/sounds/248144/)