Host of The Thirst and The Writing Life podcasts. Communications Manager at the National Centre for Writing.
it's that time again! unfortunately we couldn't attend this year's london film festival for *pandemic reasons* but we were instead fortunate to tune-in to some of this year's most anticipated films from the comfort of home. stick around for our (mostly spoiler-free) reviews of the 2020 london film festival 'big hitters' including miranda july's 'kajillionaire' (6:53); regina king's directorial debut 'one night in miami' (15:50); thomas vinterberg's danish-swedish drama 'another round' (25:32); brandon cronenberg's stylish body horror 'possessor' (33:49); chloé zhao's 'nomadland' (48:04); francis lee's romantic drama 'ammonite' (57:37), and more! what did you manage to watch at lff this year? shoot us a message on twitter, facebook or instagram or you can also email us your thoughts/feelings/feedback: our NEW AND IMPROVED blog, with recommended reading & links for this episode: 
We spoke to Richard Lambert on the podcast in October 2019 about his debut novel The Wolf Road, which was to be published in early 2020. It never came out: instead, Covid-19 triggered global lockdowns, which forced bookshops and libraries to close, distributors shut down and Richard's dream of publication became another casualty of 2020. Fast forward to October 2020 and not only is Richard back on the pod to talk about the challenges and difficulties of the year, but The Wolf Road has, at last, been released into the wild. We talk about why the book had to be delayed, what Richard's publisher did about it and how he coped with the turbulent year.You can listen to the 2019 podcast with Richard here: Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones.Find out more about what we do: on the Escalator Talent Development programme: Music by Bennet Maples.
Kate Summerscale, the award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, joins the pod to talk to Chris about her new book, The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story. They discuss the origins of the book, Kate's approach to research and how she had to track down the facts, and how the book sets poltergeists and the increased interest in the supernatural in the 1930s with the rise of Hitler and looming war.Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones.Find out more about what we do: our Discord community: the Book Club: by  Bennet Maples.
Emma Shercliff of Laxfield Literary Associates talks to us about being an agent outside of London and her efforts to better represent both regional writers and authors from Africa and the Middle East. Following a globe-trotting career with Macmillan, Hodder and Cassava Republic Press, encountering the Common People report prompted Emma to set up Laxfield Literary Associates with the aim of making agenting more transparent and representative of the population.We discuss the challenges of representation, the lack of childcare support for writers, how and when to contact an agent and lots more - including the two prizes being run by Laxfield Literary Associates which you can find out about on their website: by Simon Jones & Steph McKenna.Find out more about what we do: out our workshops and Agent Insights sessions: our (free!) Discord community and say hi: by Bennet Maples.
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Jun 10th, 1989
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