To Kidnap The Rich with Rahul Raina
Rahul Raina’s debut novel How to Kidnap the Rich was published by Little Brown (UK) and Harper Collins (US) in 2021 after a six-way publishing auction - but he tells Babble that until he submitted it for publication, nobody had read it! Rahul spends his time between Oxford and Delhi. In England, he runs his own start-up for part of the year, and he works for charities for street children and teaches English in India for the rest. His experiences and the relationships he has formed during his time in India have informed the characters of How To Kidnap The Rich. How to Kidnap the Rich has been reviewed and praised by The Times, The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Sunday Times, The New York Times, The Guardian and more, and the TV rights have been sold to HBO.
July 15, 2021
Catching a Killer with Nadine Matheson
Nadine Matheson practices as a criminal defence lawyer, and has an MA from City University London in Creative Writing in Crime/Thriller novels. Her writing isn’t limited to crime and she has also put pen to paper in genres such as Domestic Fiction and Sci-Fi. Her debut, “The Sisters”, was written/published in 2015 and her latest novel, “The Jigsaw Man” - her debut into the crime/thriller genre - was published by Harper Collins’ HQ in February 2021. Nadine also runs a scheme for underrepresented writers working on a crime novel, whereby she offers hour-long mentoring sessions for UK residents. Nadine shares more on her work in this field during her interview, as well as shares how it came about. The Sisters: https://amzn.to/3x2bWFD The Jigsaw Man: https://amzn.to/3xSYjJ8
July 01, 2021
Just a pen, a guitar and babble with Colum Sanson-Regan
Colum Sanson-Regan is an Irish-born author and musician whose early career involved busking on the streets of Cork and Dublin. Not to mention his regular stint on Doctor Who, as David Tennant's double… Colum has been making music professionally since he was 19. His first solo album, GO, enjoyed a spot in the top five download charts, and songs from it have been featured in documentaries, compilations, and educational materials. He regularly performs on the gig-scene in Cardiff, Wales. He wrote his first novel, The Fly Guy, 6 years ago and at the end of last year, his short story collection, The Tall Owl: And Other Stories, was published. The Fly Guy is a twisted thriller which explores the creative process and questions how much control artists have over their creations, while The Tall Owl is a selection of 10 stories, spanning different times and places, examining the bonds which build, influence and sometimes constrain our lives.
June 17, 2021
Babble journeys through British history with Madeline Dewhurst
Madeline Dewhurst has a PhD in Research and an MA in Creative Writing. She is an academic in English and Creative Writing at the Open University, and her writing includes fiction, journalism and drama. Her debut novel Charity, which has been longlisted for the Bath Novel Award and is published 26 April 2021 by Eye Lightning Books, tells a story set between the present day in London, where a young woman called Lauren is working as a live-in carer for Edith, and 1950’s, where Edith is the child of British settles during the Mau Mau Uprising in British occupied Kenya. Her second novel, The Master of Measham Hall, is hot on Charity’s trail, published by Duckworth Books on 15 July 2021. Also a work of historical fiction, The Master of Measham Hall is set in 1655, five years after the return of King Charles II from exile. The novel explores the social and religious divides at the heart of the Restoration Period. Podcast edited and produced by Matt Janke https://www.mattjanke.co.uk/
June 03, 2021
Fantasy, World-building and Babble with Andrea Stewart
Fantasy author Andrea Stewart shares her daily routine, her creative process, and what goes into being the custodian of a family of magical fictional characters When fantasy author Andrea Stewart found out that the worlds she adored in her favourite books weren’t real, and after she had accepted that she couldn’t slay actual dragons, she put pen to paper to make sure her life would be forever intertwined with the fantastical. Her debut novel, The Bone Shard Daughter, published by Orbit Books, is the first book in the Drowning Empire fantasy trilogy. The others are in the works, which she shares during her Babble interview. When Andrea isn’t writing epic fantasy novels, editing drafts of them, or babbling with Megan Thomas about them, she can be found reading, writing short stories and illustrating her characters.
May 20, 2021
Roman Scott AKA KYOZO takes the Babble Stage
British singer/songwriter Roman Scott, AKA KYOZO, started producing electronic music at a young age, drawing inspiration from his idols which include Chet Faker, Ry X, Elderbrook and Lauv. Inspired by these artists, Roman has become a self produced artist. He has recently worked with DJs Prok & Fitch, and their first release 'Crave The Rave' was signed to Relief Records and took the 11th spot on Beatport’s House Tech Chart. Their second release, 'Where's The Party', caught disc jockey Pete Tongs’ attention and was played on BBC Radio 1. Their latest release, ‘Tease’, was on Hot Creations and has received repeated support from Radio 1’s Danny Howard, Pete Tong and Joel Corey from KISS FM. Podcast edited and produced by Matt Janke https://www.mattjanke.co.uk/
May 06, 2021
Babble 'The Teaser In-between 2'
Find out what you've missed and what's to come on the next episode. Stay Tuned!
April 29, 2021
From Dentist to Poet: Abeer Ameer on Babble
Poet Abeer Ameer, debut author of Inhale/Exile, originally trained as a dentist in London and completed her Membership of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh. You may wonder how the dots connect, but Abeer says she was pretty much writing poems for her assignments for her MSc dissertation at Cardiff University which investigated the potential use of mindfulness-based therapies in the management of dental anxiety. That said, Abeer’s poems don’t centre around dental anxiety, but rather stories of her Iraqi forebears and the experience of an often under-explored period in recent history. Her debut collection is out now with Seren Books. Abeer’s poems have appeared in both print and online journals and anthologies including: Acumen, Poetry Wales, Planet, Magma, Red Poets, New Welsh Reader, Prole, The High Window, Atrium, The Rialto and Long Poem Magazine. She is a recipient of the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme for 2020. Above all, Abeer considers herself to be a shy introvert, so it was a real treat to have her come on Babble and chat with interviewer Megan Thomas.
April 22, 2021
Babble 'The Teaser In-between'
Find out what you've missed and what's to come on the next episode. Stay Tuned!
April 15, 2021
Suzanne Noble and Monica Corcoran Harel babble on Ageing with Grace
The babble in this episode is a little different from usual. While we’ve previously had an interviewer-interviewee set-up in our virtual studio, this week we’ve got Monica Corcoran Harel and Suzanne Noble interviewing each other. Monica Corcoran Harel is a New York Times journalist and author, and the founder of the Pretty Ripe newsletter for women who, despite what people might try to tell them, are far from being past their sell-by date. Suzanne Noble is an award-winning social entrepreneur and networker who is the co-founder of Advantages of Age, a not for profit challenging the media narrative around ageing. So, as you can imagine, the two have plenty to babble about, including the changing face of ageism (which still very much exists), the art of starting a business in your 50’s, and how much fun getting older actually is, especially if you throw caution to the wind...
April 08, 2021
Babble 'Season 3 Info'
Things are changing a bit for season 3, listen in to find out out more!
April 01, 2021
Bibliotherapy and Babble with Ella Berthoud
Bibliotherapist and author Ella Berthoud on solving life’s ailments through fiction, how it all started, and the merging of her passions: reading and painting Bio: Ella Berthoud is a bibliotherapist at the international School of Life, where she prescribes novels and fiction to readers for all life’s ailments, from shyness to having murderous thoughts… She is the author of The Art of Mindful Reading, she edited and contributed to 30-Second Literature: The 50 Most Important Forms, Genres and Styles, Each Explained in Half a Minute, and she co-authored The Novel Cure and The Story Cure with Susan Elderkin. Ella is also a talented artist, and she has found a wonderful way of merging this talent with her love for reading: she listens to audiobooks, allowing her paintings to take on the colours of the books she’s listening to.
March 25, 2021
Babble 'The Trailer'
We’re a team of young arts enthusiasts who want to open up the world of arts and literature for everyone to enjoy easily, for free, and internationally. We conduct interviews with authors and artists who you may or may not have heard before, and spotlight the many up-and-coming and new voices that we believe are thoroughly deserving of exposure, and who arguably don’t get enough of it. We project the voices of the diverse, international talent pool that is out there, from the new to the renowned. Our platform gives artists a platform that will introduce them to eager audiences who may not have found them otherwise, and ultimately provides a high-quality, entertaining show. Our interviews focus on journeys, be it a journey to publication, or the reason they started creating.
March 25, 2021
Memoirs, Babble and Rock ‘n Roll
James Kennedy is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, record label owner, public speaker and now published author of his memoir, Noise Damage: My Life As A Rock ’n’ Roll Underdog. He babbles with Rob Simcox, a Babble co-founder who will be heading up Babble’s music interviews. Formerly the singer/guitarist from the political alternative rock band KYSHERA, James has been releasing music since 2002 as both a band member and as a solo artist. James’ musical back catalogue includes noise music, acoustic, prog rock, grunge, MOR, experimental electronic and orchestral music, making him a particularly unique figure on the modern music scene. Almost all of the instruments on his seven albums as well as all of the production, has been performed by Kennedy - no small achievement considering his 40% hearing loss due to childhood ear surgery. His book is part-memoir, part-expose, and lays bare the struggles of navigating the music industry. The wit and James’ capacity for self-reflection makes Noise Damage relatable for anyone in or out of the musical world, and without ever needing to lean on cliche, it tells a powerful tale of overcoming adversity. Rob Simcox is working on his career in the sound/audio industry. Robert is the sound engineer and audio editor for Babble, who uses his knowledge and experience to ensure all the audio across our platform is as smooth as possible for the audience's ears.
March 19, 2021
Doodling and Babbling with Trevor Romain
Despite being told by his highschool art teacher that he wasn’t talented enough to take the subject, Trevor Romain is a best-selling, award-winning author and illustrator of an award-winning series of self-help books for children, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker for children. He has written over 50+ books that have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been published in 22 different languages, which help kids tackle everything from how to complete their homework without throwing up to how to deal with divorce. Trevor works with kids in schools, hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, and with kids on military bases around the world, where he provides families with the tools they need to cope with absent parents as well as the possibility of loss and grief. Trevor was the past President of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, has done meaningful work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The United Nations, UNICEF, The Boys and Girls Club, and the USO. Since 2007, Trevor is also the co-founder of Comfort Crew for Military Kids and serves as President of the Trevor Romain Company.
March 11, 2021
Speak Up Like a Babbler with Shola Kaye
Where to start with Shola Kaye? There’s been quite the journey from a graduate of Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry) at Emory University, to the trifecta of an arts career - speaking, singing, and writing books. Megan Thomas does her best to cover the lot. Shola is a multi award-winning speaker, specialising in communication, leadership and D.E.I (diversity, equity and inclusion). She not only inspires through her powerful talks and presentations, but has written two books about how to find that power within yourself. It’s all quite ironic, too, given the starting point for this part of her career was losing her corporate job as a result of not speaking up enough. Her first book, How to be a DIVA at Public Speaking: The step-by-step system to engage your audience and present with confidence, goes hand-in-hand with Shola’s extremely successful YouTube series, Speak Up Like a DIVA. Its focus is empowering its readers to speak with authority and confidence in all aspects of their lives, but especially in the workplace. Her latest book, Big Talk, Small Talk (and Everything in Between) teaches the art of effective communication with skill-building strategies. She’s also enjoyed a career as a singer, which she speaks about on different levels, from where she’s performed to her experience of writing music to a brief. Though she’s no longer writing original music, she can identify the similarities to the confidence required for musical performance and that of motivational speaking.
March 04, 2021
Babble and Banter with Dan Anthony
Dan Anthony is a creative on many levels: he writes adored children's books, he lectures in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan university, his research interest examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property, and being a scriptwriter on CBBC’s Tracy Beaker series is only one of his many exploits in the world of TV and radio. He is an ambassador for the power of writing and its transformative nature. Dan’s comic short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Radio Wales and by the New Welsh Review, with hits including Pub Globo and The Fishford Observer, to name just a couple. He has written and directed six situation comedy series for radio and written and presented several documentary series. His new book, Submarine Spies and the Unspeakable Thing (age range 9-12), tells a tale of how dogs, cats, parrots, chinchillas and submarine spies transform a young Caitlin’s life into a heart-warming adventure in a small Welsh town. His children’s trilogy, The Rugby Zombies (age range 9-11), features an array of zombified shenanigans, and was nominated for a Tir na n-Og award by the Welsh Books Council. His other titles include The Bus Stop at the End of the World (age range 9-11), Steve’s Dreams (age range 7-9), and The Last Big One (age range 13+). Dan’s passion for inspiring young readers and writers is clear from his workshops, which he presents in junior and secondary schools throughout the UK. Lucy Smith, one of our new Babble interviewers, is a flash fiction, prose poetry and short story writer and podcaster (namely Talking Ink and The Talkies), who asks Dan interesting, exploratory questions which unearth wonderful insights into the world of writing, and a facilitate a happy, fun interview on a diverse range of topics, from his research on copyright to his approach on creative process.
February 25, 2021
Love At First Babble with Lorraine Brown
Lorraine Brown spent her childhood devouring the Sweet Dreams teen romance series, so it’s only fitting that her debut novel Uncoupling is such a wonderful modern romance, published by Orion Books. Lorraine’s career has hardly been a straightforward one, but her path towards her writing debut is inspiring nonetheless. From fashion journalism to temp jobs, with drama school in between and topped off with a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling, it’s no wonder that Lorraine’s characters are such three-dimensional, multi-faceted people and more to the point, that Lorraine was such an interesting Babbler. Uncoupling was long-listed for the Bath Novel Award in 2016, which spurred Lorraine on and kept her working on it in Waterstones Hampstead’s café. Being one of 11 mentees on Penguin Random House’s WriteNow programme in 2018, where she worked with an editor on the novel for a year, further kept Lorraine charging forward. On came the deal with the literary agency. Then the book deal. Then the Babble interview. And the rest is history.
February 18, 2021
Babble visits Kololo Hill with Neema Shah
Neema Shah’s day job is in marketing, specialising in TV, digital and brand strategy for companies including the BBC, and it was on her commutes that she started writing Kololo Hill six years ago. Her writing is the historical fiction retelling of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians in 1972 by Idi Amin and the impacts of diaspora, but it is endless in humour, love and joy - the things which Neema believes, in spite of struggle, humans use to survive. Neema was born in London and spoke English at home, and yet elements of both Indian and East African culture were present in her life, be they ways of cooking Indian dishes with African spices, or using Swahili and Gujarati words when speaking. She uses her writing to explore themes of identity and belonging, and Kololo Hill is an insightful, entertaining and eye-opening piece of historical fiction out 18 February 2021 for readers to devour. Kololo Hill was a “2021 Pick” for Foyles, Daily Mail, The Irish Times, Cosmopolitan and Eastern Eye. She won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Live 2017 with an early extract of Kololo Hill, was runner-up in the York Festival of Writing Best Opening Chapter 2017 and the DGA First Novel Prize 2018, she was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Prize 2018 and longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize, SI Leeds Literary Prize and Retreat Novel Prize, all in 2018.
February 11, 2021
Babble’s Got Art and Soal
Chris Soal is an award-winning emerging artist living and practicing in Johannesburg, South Africa, using unconventional found objects - like toothpicks and bottle caps - to make mesmerising art which represents the world we live in... and also to design Dior bags, as part of the Lady Dior Collaboration. Chris babbles with Megan Thomas about what inspired him to pursue a career in visual art, and the path he took to get to where he is today. Covering everything from the symbolism of his materials in a South African context and the practical reasons which inspired his choice in materials, to navigating what it means to put a price tag on art and the value of interdisciplinary conversations when it comes to creative process, this interview displays Chris’ grounded humility paired with an inspiring depth of thought that goes into every piece he creates.
February 04, 2021
Babbling Brooks and Books with Seán Hewitt
Poet, writer and lecturer Seán Hewitt was shortlisted for the Sunday Times University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020 for his debut poetry anthology ‘Tongues of Fire’, published by Jonathan Cape. ‘Tongues of Fire’ is a sensitive, compelling and beautiful ode to life and to nature, and Seán presents a reading of one of his earliest poems in his Babble interview - as well as a hilarious story about camping in the moors when writing it. His memoir, ‘All Down Darkness Wide’, is forthcoming from Jonathan Cape in the UK and Penguin Press in the USA in 2022. He is also the winner of the Northern Writers Award, the Resurgence Prize and an Eric Gregory Award, and was chosen by The Sunday Times as one of their "30 under 30" most promising artists in Ireland. ‘Tongues of Fire’ was a Spectator, Guardian, Attitude, Irish Times and Irish Independent book of the year - as well as interviewer Megan’s, who is very excited to be able to pick Seán’s brains about his work, his anthology and his creative process. The two discuss prizes and Seán’s views on them, as well as how honoured he is to have been shortlisted amongst so many young, talented writers.
January 28, 2021
Poetic Babble with Christina Thatcher
Christina Thatcher is an award-winning poet, a creative writing lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, poetry editor of The Cardiff Review, tutor for The Poetry School, and runs Wales’ largest writing group, Roath Writers. Christina’s debut poetry anthology, ‘More Than You Were’, grapples with the loss of her father from addiction and was written as the creative component of her PHD in Creative Writing from Cardiff University. The critical component deals with writing about death and using writing as liberation from disenfranchised grief. Her most recent anthology, ‘How To Carry Fire’, is in part a follow on from ‘More Than You Were’, but it is clear that Christina felt a cathartic sense of freedom and expansion when writing it. Both were published by Parthian Books. Christina talks in her interview about moving to Wales from America and about how she started writing poetry from a young age as a form of escapism; she offers sound advice to aspiring poets about finding one’s voice and talks us through how the title of ‘How To Carry Fire’ came into being through retrospection of her family’s trauma; and she explains how poetry helps her make meaning of the world and her place within it. Her words are as inspiring on the page as they are when she babbles with Megan Thomas and if you aren’t rushing out to buy her collections after listening, you’ll be rushing to your notepad to write yourself.
January 21, 2021
All The Words Unspoken, Spoken and Babbled with Serena Kaur
Serena Kaur’s debut novel ‘All The Words Unspoken’ was published by RedDoor Press in 2020, so Babble kicks off 2021 with an interview with her. The interview might start with a bit of a horror story of Serena’s first experience with finding an agent, but the happy ending is imminent based on the existence of her delightful novel. Serena tells us why it was important for her to write a story that spoke to her own British-Asian community, and how often books are written for the white gaze. Serena manages to pack vitally important societal and interpersonal issues into a readable and enjoyable novel, including mental health, arranged marriage, prejudice, abortion, grief, loss, love, homophobia, self-love and self-hate, friendship, fulfilment, and all the secrets we keep and words we choose not to speak as a means of preservation.
January 14, 2021
A Babble Safari with James Hendry
You might know of James Hendry as a conservationist and wildlife presenter who has been the host and presenter of 50 odd TV shows, including Nat Geo Wild, SABC (South Africa) and CGTN (China). You may instead have read one of his three "and a half" books, Whatever You Do, Don't Run, A Year In The Wild, Back To The Bush, and Reggie & Me, which transport you between the South African wild under the bright African sun and into the zenith of Apartheid in suburban Johannesburg. You might not know him as a rockstar just yet, but he's working on that. James reveals to Megan Thomas his plans for future creative ventures, which include movie scripts and an addition to his wildlife book series, and he shares his thoughts on the process behind everything he writes and writers he admires. He talks about everything from his original plan to be a musician after university to the commentary he is always hungry to hear: that he’s made people laugh. His books will certainly do the trick on that front, but so will this interview.
December 24, 2020
Claire McGowan with Babble in the Library
Northern Irish author Claire McGowan joins us on Babble this week, where she not only talks about her very successful career writing crime fiction novels, but also her career writing women's fiction, which she does under the pseudonym Eva Woods. If you’re after a juicy crime thriller that has you playing detective throughout, you've got the recently published novel The Push and many more to choose from, including the fantastic Paula Maguire Series, which has been optioned for TV. If you'd rather nestle yourself into the world of love, loss, and the heartwarming humour of everyday life, then you should be eyeing up one of the books Claire writes under the pseudonym Eva Woods, such as The Man I Can't Forget, How To Be Happy, The Ex Factor and more. Claire and Megan Thomas babble about the benefits of writing under pseudonyms, on writing different genres, as well as how Claire gets her ideas. For all the aspiring authors out there, Claire has also given really helpful tips from both her teaching and personal experience. We can't wait to hear what you think!
December 17, 2020
Babble Lights Up with Pamela’s Power
When Megan Thomas interviewed Pamela Power for Babble, Megan was in Summery London and Pamela in a chilly Johannesburg. At the time of publishing, the weather roles have reversed, but the babble between them will either warm you up like a cosy fire or cool you down like a breath of fresh air no matter where in the world you're joining us from. Pamela has written three books, ‘Ms Conception’ and ‘Delilah Now Trending’, published by Penguin South Africa, and ‘Things Unseen’, published by Clockwork Books. She is the resident blogger at Go See Do media, a scriptwriter for one of South Africa's most famous soap operas, and one of the city of Joburg’s biggest fans, which shines through her writing. The interview covers all manner of topics, from writing scripts which are translated into multiple languages (there are 11 official languages in South Africa), to the writer’s loss of autonomy that takes place when agents, publishers and fictional characters with a life of their own get involved.
December 10, 2020
Waxing Lyrical with Edward Carey
Some people write books for adults, some write books for children, others narrate audiobooks, illustrate them, write plays, are lecturers... Edward Carey does all of it. His books are illustrated by hand, or feature photographs of the sculptures made by him. These include Observatory Mansions, Alma & Irva, The Iremonger Trilogy, Little, and his most recent novella, The Swallowed Man, and we chat about each of them. We babble about how his career has gone from being an employee of Madam Tussauds to writing a book about its founder, about our inner child and whether there’s any need to distinguish children’s books from adult books, his lockdown experience of narrating all his stories for audiobooks and the odd experience of being reintroduced to characters he’d written 10 years ago, as well as how he finds writing to be one of the most freeing, limitless art forms. Our interview is as varied as Edward's experience, and we can't wait to hear what you think.
December 03, 2020
Babble Bells All The Way with Gary Raymond
Gary Raymond is interviewed by Megan Thomas, and babbles about his career as a novelist, a film critic, the editor of the Wales Arts Review, broadcaster, presenter of The Review Show on BBC Radio Wales, and, if his latest book “How Love Actually Ruined Christmas (Or Colourful Narcotics) is to be used to create a title: Professional Party Pooper. Although even Megan, who considered herself a Love Actually admirer, admits he’s not wrong... The book was released on 2 November by Parthian Books and is available for purchase at all good bookshops. It’s Christmas-stocking sized… Just saying.
November 26, 2020
Lauren Goldstein Crowe Wears the Babble Hat with Style
Author and journalist Lauren Goldstein Crowe has written three books and had a fascinating career in business and fashion, all of which she talks about in our Babble interview with Megan. She talks about her business book, "The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe", as well as the process of co-writing it with Sagra Maceira de Rosen. She talks about her fashion biography of the late Isabella Blow, "A Life In Fashion", and comments on the life of this tragic but fascinating fashionista and socialite. She also discusses her coffee table book, "50 Shades", which includes pictures of the 50 most influential people in sunglasses from the last century.
November 19, 2020
Tim Ewins: Are We Animals or Babblers?
When Tim Ewins hasn’t been babbling with Megan Thomas in the Babble virtual studios, he’s been on the stand-up comedy circuit, working a career in finance, maintaining a "fake" bookish Instagram, and of course writing hilarious debut novels in the space between. His debut, 'We Are Animals', was published in e-book first format by Eye Lightning Books’ new digital imprint, Lightning ‘Bolts’, and so Babble’s aim to reach as international and varied an audience as possible just got easier through the book’s digital nature. Tim’s book was published just before lockdown, and instead of letting it get him down, he made a plan, which seems a pattern throughout Tim’s career. Tim started to read extracts of his book “in the style of” on social media after a Twitter post, and the stories and videos followed. Megan asked Tim if he’d consider doing one in the style of Whitney Houston, and the rest is podcast/video history.
November 18, 2020
Ghostly Babble with Sarah Wragg
Sarah Wragg is a bit of a wordsmith: from copywriting, speechwriting and playwriting, to poems, short stories and open mic nights. Her individual poems have appeared in print before, in anthologies by publications such as Beautiful Dragons Press and Indigo Dreams. Ghost Walk is her first solo collection, published by Hedgehog Press, which is a selection of spine-chilling poems which double up as tiny ghost stories comparable to those written by the haunted Victorians. Megan Thomas attended the launch of Ghost Walk the night before Sarah’s interview, so arrives armed with a series of questions about ghosts, what we love so much about them, the importance of brevity in ghost stories and the process of writing them. Also discussed is Sarah’s publication journey, which involved winning a competition for Ghost Walk.
November 06, 2020
Babbling Food and Science with Melanie Warner
Author and journalist Melanie Warner’s career started in the business sector, where she was writing for Fortune magazine, including chronicling the (first) dot com boom in Silicon Valley. Her career changed direction when she started writing about food for The New York Times. The success in her career has made it possible for her to write about food and science on a freelance basis and she has published two non-fiction books. Her first book, Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over The American Meal, is a startling and thoroughly researched exploration of the processed food industry. Melanie has managed to write a book using both a fine-tooth comb and an open-mind, meaning the results are balanced and rooted in science.Next came The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief. We do love a literary reference here on Babble, the magic feather being the feather Dumbo carried in his trunk which he thought was making him fly (it was, of course, his confidence and the feather was just an ordinary feather). Melanie gets to the heart of the placebo effect, the appeal of alternative medicine versus the science of it, and her experiences researching the range of healing practices out there. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
October 29, 2020
Babble Launches with Sue Nyathi
For our launch episode of Babble, author Sue Nyathi babbles with Megan Thomas about her journey as schoolyard storyteller to finance analyst to full-time multi-booked author. Sue Nyathi was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her writing career began at school where 'Sue's Books' were much-loved by her friends and peers, and she is now a respected and three-time novelist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.Her debut, The Polygamist, is about four women who don't have a lot in common... except their mutual husband. Next came The GoldDiggers, a story about the lives of Zimbabwean immigrants who have fled to Johannesburg in search of a better life. They have all made the journey for different reasons, but face tremendous hardship nonetheless. Her most recent novel, A Family Affair, published in October 2020 by Pan Macmillan, follows the lives of three sisters in a traditional family which seems idyllic from the outside. As we've come to learn from seeming-perfection... that's never the case. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
October 22, 2020