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The Night Writer

The Night Writer

By Christina Alagaratnam
A podcast for the insomniacs.

Can't sleep? Join us as we chat about all the dark things from history, folklore, and of course... humanity.

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3.04: By The Light Of The Moon: Interview With Playwright Shea Donovan
In this episode, we chat to playwright and actor Shea Donovan about her one woman show: By The Light of The Moon. Her play is being performed at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Tickets here: Camden Fringe: Edinburgh Fringe:
August 01, 2022
3x03. How Do You Solve Your Own Murder? Interview With Author Amanda Nicholson/Steel
In this episode, we chat to author Amanda Nicholson (Pen name: Amanda Steel) all about her novel, The Ghost of Me. How do you solve your own murder? As a ghost of course! ~~~ Amanda's Website:
July 03, 2022
3x02. The Man That Never Was: Interview With Author & Award Winning Speaker Douglas Kruger
We sit down for a chat with author and award winning speaker: Douglas Kruger, all about his fascinating debut novel - The Man That Never Was.  We talk about villains, heroes and the lovely landscape of the channel islands!  Watch the episode on YouTube: Douglas Kruger:
March 18, 2022
3x01. The Wild West Writer: Interview With Award Winning Author James Ross
Tonight, The Night Writer meets The Wild West Writer! Join us as we chat to author James Ross. We talk all about his new book, Coldwater Revenge and the art of storytelling in the wild west of Wyoming, sharing stories amongst the elks and cowboys... Watch us on YouTube: (Unfortunately due to tech difficulties, we can't see James... but we can hear him!) James's social media: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: INSTAGRAM:
February 25, 2022
2x09. Waving The Magic Wand: Interview With Children's Author Cynthia Sanders on her debut novel - Mia, The Monster of Fear & Fairy of Courage
In this episode, we chat to indie kids author Cynthia Sanders about her debut novel: Mia, The Monster of Fear & The Fairy of Courage.  The story is about a little girl called Mia who is being haunted by the monster of fear - until - the fairy of courage encourages her to overcome him! We chat all about the indie publishing industry and the highs and lows of writing a children's novel.   Watch on our YouTube channel: ~ Follow Cynthia here:  Instagram:  Facebook:  Author page:  Buy The Novel Here:   Amazon:  Speak Up Sis:  OR
October 22, 2021
2x08. A Pirate's Life For Me: Interview With Author Sean Edward Sexton About His Debut Novel - 'Neptune's Rage'
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Grab the rum and beer because today we're going back to the 1700's and the golden age of piracy! I interview Author Sean Edward Sexton all about his debut novel: Neptune's Rage. We also chat about indie authors, self-publishing and writing a novel during lockdown!  Watch on YouTube:   ~~ Buy the book here:  Sean's Website:
September 23, 2021
2x07. Breaking The Writers Block: Interview With Author J.P Choquette
Writing during the pandemic was a struggle for a lot of creators. In this interview, I chat to author J.P Choquette and we talk all about rediscovering your passion for your projects, breaking the writers block and she even tells us a little trick on how to write your novel in fifteen minutes! Watch on YouTube: ~~~ J.P Choquette: Website: IG: YT:
September 10, 2021
2x06: You Lovecrafty Devil! Interview With Screenwriter Ryan Fitzgerald
In this episode, we are joined by screenwriter and host of the Hollywood Greenhorn podcast: Ryan Fitzgerald! We chat about all things, cosmic horror, lovecraftian villains and the best psychological horror.  If you're a fan of Lovecraft, this one's for you! Watch on YouTube: ~~~~ Ryan Fitzgerald: Hollywood Greenhorn Hollywood Greenhorn spotify: Instagram: Twitter: My website:
June 17, 2021
A bit of a special episode tonight!  Tonight, I've joined thousands of others across the UK to take part in STAY:UP. It's a fundraising challenge for a charity called Centrepoint. Centrepoint are a charity that support young homeless people here in the UK. I, along with many others, have been challenged to stay up from 8pm-8am without any sleep.  I decided to use my time to write and record a podcast episode about tonight. So I've written a poem called Stay Up, about the charity and the people they help.  Thanks for the support everyone! x My fundraising page: Centrepoint:
May 29, 2021
2x05. True Crime: Interview With Filmmaker & Director Lars Henrik About The North Heath Murderer
In this True Crime-esque episode, we chat with filmmaker & director Lars Henrik about 'The North Heath Murderer.' Lars tells us the story of his hometown in North Heath Germany, a picturesque countryside where he played as a child. One day whilst playing with some friends, they stumbled across a mysterious house in the middle of the woods... Who did the house belong to? And how can one place hold so much trauma? ~~~ Watch On YouTube: LARS HENRIK: Website: Lars's films: Lars's German language podcast: Lars's English language podcast:
April 29, 2021
2x04. What Makes A Killer Horror Movie? Interview With Screenwriter & Filmmaker Chris Regan
In this special horror episode, we are very pleased to welcome screenwriter, filmmaker and horror author: Chris Regan.  Whilst promoting his new horror film, Paintball Massacre, Chris and I chat all about the horror scene and how to write that killer horror movie. We also chat about our favourite horror protagonists and of course - the villains! From the psychotic Michael Myers to the sinister Pinhead. (And a there's a little surprise for you Hellraiser fans... make sure you listen till the end!)  Paintball Massacre is out now to stream, download and is also available on DVD. ~ The Night Writer On YouTube: Paintball Massacre: Film: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Chris Regan: Twitter:
April 15, 2021
2x03: What Is The Edge Of Normal? Interview With Author: Jenn Ashton
Jenn Ashton is an author and visual artist from Vancouver Canada. In this episode, we chat all about her writing, her art and her book 'People Like Frank And Other Stories From The Edge Of Normal.' The Night Writer On YouTube: ~~ Website: Art: Writing (Business): Jenn's Social Media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
April 06, 2021
2x02. From Music To Murder: Interview With Composer & Producer, Lucas Cantor on Carlo Gesualdo
In this episode, our special guest is an EMMY® Award Winning composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and speaker: LUCAS CANTOR. We chat all about the 16th century Italian musician Carlo Gesualdo: a musical prodigy who murdered his wife, her lover and his own child.  ~~~ Check out Lucas's website here: Instagram: IMDB: ~~~ Gesualdo Intro Music: Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa - Tristis est anima mea
March 07, 2021
2x01. Secrets In The Shadows: Interview With Author Heige Boehm
In this opening episode of Series 2, we chat to historical author Heige Boehm. She has just released her debut novel, Secrets in the Shadows.  Secrets in the shadows is a story about two boys, Michael and Wolfie who are growing up in nazi Germany and are indoctrinated into the Hitler youth. As they rise higher up the ranks, we see their eyes start to open to the absolute horror of the world they’re living in and helping to create.  Heige’s work is influenced by her own parents, who grew up in Nazi Germany and then at the end of the war, they settled in east Germany. Heige was born poetically on Remembrance Day 1961 in west Germany and her family made their escape on the night the Berlin wall was built. ~~~ YouTube: HEIGE BOEHM: Heige's Instagram:
February 25, 2021
BONUS EP: How To Pitch To Producers Without Panicking: With Special Guest - Brenden Kumarasamy from MasterTalk
In this special episode we chat to Brenden Kumarasamy and fire off some questions about pitching to the big guys! Netflix, Amazon, HBO watch out! And are introverts really the best public speakers? Check out Brenden's YouTube channel:
December 24, 2020
1x16. Sweeney Todd: The REAL Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Who was the real bloodthirsty barber, lurking in the corners of London's Fleet Street? Did he really sell his victims remains to Mrs Lovett's bakery? Let's grab those razors and start dissecting this story.... if you like... ~~~ Sweeney Todd: The Real Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Peter Haining ~~~ Charities: Centrepoint: SANE:
December 17, 2020
1X15. Tragedy In A Tower: The REAL Rapunzel
Who was the young girl locked away in a tower by her father? Was she the inspiration for the classic fairytale: Rapunzel? The rebellious life of a beautiful young girl ends in tragedy from a tower. ~~~ Charities: ~~~ Sources:
December 10, 2020
1x14. The Girl Who Cried Witch: The Pendle Witch Trials
In 1612 a nine year old girl called Jennet Device stood in a courtroom and accused her own family of witchcraft. Who was this little girl? Were her family really witches? Or was she a pawn in a much bigger plot involving the King?  ~~~~ Pendle Witch Trial Documentary: Discovery of Witches: ~~~~ Centrepoint: SANE:
December 03, 2020
1x13. The Day The Music Died
On February 3rd 1959, three young musicians were killed together in a tragic plane crash. They were: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & JP Richardson (The Big Bopper.) The accident was dubbed: 'The Day The Music Died,' and inspired singer Don McClean, to write his hit song 'American Pie.'  But among all the tragedy also lies a question? WHY did those three particular singers end up on that plane?  ~~~ SOURCES: Original Radio Broadcast Feb 3rd 1959: Behind The Music: The Day The Music Died: Larry Holly on his brother Buddy: Paul McCartney on Buddy Holly: Don McClean on the meaning of American Pie on BBC Breakfast: ~~~ CHARITIES: Centrepoint Youth Homeless Charity: SANE Mental Health Charity:
November 26, 2020
1x12: Urban Legends: The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine
Deep in the Superstitious Mountains of Phoenix, Arizona, lies a mysterious goldmine. But why do people who search for the treasure go missing? And who is the 'Lost Dutchman?'  ~ ~ ~ Proud Supporter: Centrepoint Homeless Charity: SANE Mental Health:
November 19, 2020
1x11. Mirror, Mirror: The Real Snow White
Who was the 16th century German princess, poisoned by an assassin in a dangerous game of politics? And was she the original inspiration for the Brothers Grimm?
November 12, 2020
1.x10. Remember, Remember: The Gunpowder Plot
Why do we remember, remember the fifth of November? Who was Guy Fawkes and why did this plan fail spectacularly?  Remember, remember the fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason & plot.  I know of no reason,  the gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot.
November 05, 2020
1x09. Halloween: The Origins
Where did the origins of this infamous spooky holiday come from?  Is it a day where the dead come out to play? Can dressing up really protect you from evil spirits? And who was this guy Jack ,that they named the jack-o-lanterns after?
October 29, 2020
1x08. The Headless Horseman: Watch Your Head
In the third part of our Halloween series, we dive into the legend of the infamous rider with no head. Where did he come from? What happened to his head? And what on earth is a Dullahan?
October 22, 2020
1x07. The Candy Man: The Man Who Ruined Halloween
On Halloween evening 1974, a night of trick or treating goes horribly wrong. Find out why America was sent into a candy frenzy, scanning their children's sweets for razor blades, glass shards and ... poison. 
October 15, 2020
1x06 Haunted Houses: Amityville or Glamityville?
In the first of our Halloween Month, we're visiting the great-granddaddy of haunted houses. Amityville! But... is it really haunted or is it just Glamityville? A house which fell victim to a very successful scam? 
October 08, 2020
1x05. Don't George Lucas It Up! (A Star Wars Chat)
In this special episode, I'm joined by my friend and Director, Josh Hinds. We discuss all things Star Wars, the film industry and dissect the true characteristics of a villain. 
October 01, 2020
1x04. Wedding Disaster Stories: The Flushing Bride
As a challenge issued to me by my cousin, at his wedding over the weekend, I'm talking all about THE WORST wedding disaster I've ever read! Find out what happens when a bride mixes health shakes with cocktails. A mess! That's what! 
September 24, 2020
1x03. Galloping Horses: Interview With A Poet - Seterah Ebrahimi
Join me as I interview an award winning poet - and friend of mine - Seterah Ebrahimi.  You can find more about Seterah and her work here: (Apologies if the connection suddenly cut - I was doing the interview live via phone. We have to be cautious thanks to Covid-19!)
September 17, 2020
1x02. Ghost Ships: The Flying Dutchman
What's the real story about this legendary ghost ship that can never make it to port and is cursed to sail the seven seas forever? Is it simply a myth to scare sailors or is there something more to it...
September 10, 2020
1x01: Little Red Riding Hood: Beware Of The Wolf
For this first episode I'll be going back to the original story of this classic fairy tale and find out why we should be afraid of the big bad wolf... Please follow: Twitter: @NightWriterFM Instagram: @NightWriterFM Website: Email:
September 03, 2020
Send us your true stories, urban legends or things that just... keep you up at night.... Follow us on Twitter: @NightWriterFM Website:
August 27, 2020