Chris is the creator, main writer, and composer for the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast
In this edition we look at new books from two exciting British writers, poet Lisa O'Hare and novelist and short story writer Alexandra Beaumont.  We have extracts from each book and interviews with their authors. Thank you to Lisa O'Hare and Alexandra Beaumont for taking part in this podcast.  The presenter of this edition has been Sally Walker-TaylorThe interviewer was Chris GregoryPoems from Lisa's book "Lockdown Life, A Rollercoaster of Emotions" were read by Lisa O'HareExtracts from Alexandra's book " Testament of the Stars" were read by Holly Skinner" Production, sound design and music were by Chris GregoryWe would like to thank Master House Publishing for allowing us to reproduce Lisa's poems and Gurt Dog Press for permission to share the excerpts from 'Testament of the Stars" Visit all of Lisa O'Hare's links here follow her on twitter here Visit Master House Publishing’s website and order Lisa’s book here follow Master House on twitter here can find out more about Alexandra Beaumont and read some of her short fiction via her website here follow her on twitter here Visit Alexandra’s publisher Gurt Dog Press here follow the press on twitter here a copy of Testament of The Stars here To find out more about our forthcoming audio drama productions The Hunt by Emily Inkpen, The Silver Ball by Anna Chorlton and our next podcast, Keeper of Songs by Fiona Mountain please follow us on social mediaYou can follow Alternative Stories via twitter here on Instagram here In our extract from Keeper of Songs you heard the voice of Nicholas JohnIn our extract from The Silver Ball you heard the voices of Carly Barnes, Kate Edney and Tiffany Clare  If you would like to join one of our workshops on writing audio drama please follow the link below   We are taking bookings for our course on 17th May There'll be no Alternative Stories podcast next week.  We return on Friday 7th May with a new audio drams Keeper of Songs by Fiona Mountain starring Amy Forrest and Keeley Lane
Emily Inkpen is a a British science fiction writer and audio dramatist.  Her drama The Bomb was one of our most popular podcasts of 2020.  In this edition we talk to Emily about world building for Sci Fi writers, her working practice, the influence of writing audio drama on her prose work and her forthcoming audio drama The Hunt.  We hear extracts from her novel The Blood Road and from The Bomb.In this edition you heard readings from Emily’s novel “The Blood Road” read by Laura Dunnion and Harri Rees Jones You also heard extracts from the audio drama “The Bomb” with the voices of Emily Inkpen, Warren Graham, Kelsey Griffin, Harri Rees Jones, Charlie Richards, Lewie Watson and Annika Kordes.  The presenter of this edition is Tiffany Clare The interviewer is Chris GregorySound design, music and audio drama production are by Chris Gregory You can find out more about Emily Inkpen’s work and writing by visiting her website here can follow her on social media via twitter here on Instagram here The play-out music in this edition is an exclusive extract from the theme music to Emily’s forthcoming drama “The Hunt “ written by Allen Stroud.As well as being a composer, Allen Stroud is a writer and chair of the British Science Fiction Association You can find out more about Allen by visiting his website here Subscribe to Alternative Stories to hear The Hunt when it is released.You can access all our science fiction and climate fiction content including Emily’s first audio drama The Bomb via this link And follow us on social media via twitter here Instagram here If you are interested in learning more about writing audio drama you can join one of our zoom workshops on the subject.  Our next Introduction to Writing For Audio Drama workshop will be on 17th May at 6.30PM UK time and you can register via the Eventbrite link Next week on Alternative Stories we bring you new writing from Alexandra Beaumont and Lisa O’Hare as well as previews of two forthcoming audio drama productions “Keeper of Songs” by Fiona Mountain and “The Silver Ball” by Anna Chorlton. 
 Chris Beckett is one of the UK’s leading science fiction writers.  His novel Dark Eden won the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award for the best UK published science fiction novel of the year in 2012 and his latest novel Two Tribes was published to considerable critical acclaim in 2020.  In this podcast we have an interview with Chris and extracts from his novels.  Listeners are advised that there is some explicit language in this podcast.Thank you to Chris Beckett for taking the time to record this interview with us.  The excerpts you heard were from the following novelsThe presenter of this podcast is Tiffany ClareThe interviewer is Chris GregorySound design and production were also by Chris Gregory America City (published in 2017) The reader was Marie-Claire Wood Beneath the World, A Sea (published in 2019) – excerpts were read by Harri Rees Jones Tomorrow (due to be published in July 2021) – excerpts were read by Charlie Richards and Tiffany ClareYou also heard excerpts from our audio drama adaptation of Two Tribes with the voices of Verity Blyth, Rosa Samuels, Sadie Pepperrell and Charlie Richards Chris’s novels and short story collections are published in the UK by Corvus Books which is an imprint of Atlantic Books.  We’d like to thank Kate Straker from Corvus / Atlantic for her help in the making of this podcast and for allowing us to use these excerpts.    You can purchase Chris Beckett’s novels via Hive here via Amazon here Chris’ website here can visit Corvus’ Website here Follow Chris on twitter here Corvus here’s reading recommendations in the podcast were  Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again by M John Harrison Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake Next week on the podcast, in the second part of our short series in which we talk to science fiction authors we’ll feature Emily Inkpen.  Listeners may recall Emily’s audio drama The Bomb which we published last summer.  Coming soon we’ll have Emily’s latest drama The Hunt and in the interview Emily talks about the process of writing drama, how The Hunt fits into her wider literary universe and how the process of writing her novel series The Dex Legacy is going.   Follow us on twitter for more details and follow Emily Inkpen on twitter to find out more about her writing. Alternative Stories on twitter Inkpen If you are interested in writing audio drama you can join our forthcoming introductory workshop in which we’ll work with extracts from Alt Stories dramas via the link below
As a historian in the bleak, climate-ravaged twenty-third century, it's Zoe's job to record and archive the past, not to recreate it. But when she comes across the diaries of Harry and Michelle, who lived two hundred years ago, she becomes fascinated by the minutiae of their lives and decides to write a novel about them, filling in the gaps with her own imaginings.  Listeners are warned that this episode contains explicit language. In Two Tribes by Chris Beckett you heard Verity Blyth as Zoe Rosa Samuels as CallyCharlie Richards as HarrySadie Pepperrell as MichelleAnd Marie Claire Wood as LettyThe presenter is Tiffany Clare The main theme for Two Tribes is by Scott Ander  Sound design, soundscapes and direction are by Chris GregoryCasting was by Chris Gregory and Chris BeckettThe script was adapted from Chris Beckett’s original novel by Chris Gregory and Chris BeckettSound effects are from freesound.orgThis audio drama is an adaptation of part of the novel Two Tribes. If you would like to read the full novel it is out in paperback in the UK now and details on how to buy it are posted belowChris Beckett has been involved throughout the process of making this drama and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his time and expertise and for allowing us to work with his brilliant story. We would also like to thank  Kate Straker of Corvus / Atlantic Books for her help and cooperation in the making of this audio drama.  You can find out more about Chris Beckett by visiting his website here Follow Chris on twitter here purchase Two Tribes here On Hive on Amazon You can visit Corvus via their website here Corvus on twitter here theme tune for this edition is is called “The Hunt” by Scott Ander, from his EP “The Holocene” which you can listen to here can follow Scott on Instagram here Follow Alternative Stories on twitter for a chance to win one of 3 free copies of Two Tribes signed by Chris Beckett in our competition starting on Friday 2nd April can book to join one of our upcoming audio drama writing workshops via this link Join us next week for a special edition featuring Two Tribes author Chris Beckett.  We'll have an interview with Chris, clips and excerpts from his recent and upcoming books and reflections on his writing practices.   As part of this short season on science fiction writers we'll also have an interview with Emily Inkpen.  We'll look forward to her new audio drama The Hunt, reflect on last year's drama The Bomb and learn more about her approach to writing and her upcoming series of novels. 
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