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63. Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)

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39. Weird book promotion (part 1) with Tina Baker, Fiona Sherlock, Lulu Allison & Emma Grae
39. Weird book promotion (part 1) with Tina Baker, Fiona Sherlock, Lulu Allison & Emma Grae: In this episode of We'd Like A Word, presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan hear about innovative, odd & risky ways authors promote their books.  Tina Baker is the author of Call Me Mummy and Nasty Little Cuts. She's also a former TV & radio showbiz reporter. She used to clean the aisles of the supermarket that now sells her books. Her promotional ruses encompass street theatre, book spanking, wedding dresses, climbing on cars, burpees & (notwithstanding that previous part) constant sparkling glamour. She also moos, quite a bit. Fiona Sherlock is the Irish crime fiction author of Preserved & Twelve Motives for Murder. But she's also the creator of a whole range of murder mystery games, one of which, The Wizard's Dagger, is tested by We'd Like A Word listeners, led by Mark Vent. It's a tense episode as, in true Jukebox Jury style, Fiona braces herself for the audience verdict on her game. There's a lot of acting, some appalling singing of Britney Spears songs & pointed accusations. Fiona also explains why Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Ridley Scott were going to the toilet in her back garden in Bective, in County Meath. (Jodie Comer was more discreet.)  Lulu Allison is the author of Salt Lick, in which the British countryside empties of people, nature re-wilds the land & feral cows provide a chorus. She's also an artist & while bored during Covid lockdown created & shared pictures of a new homemade hat every week, made only of bits a pieces about the house - maps, garden forks, a frying pan & more weird stuff. It went viral. A ukulele band wrote a song about it. Emma Grae is the Scottish author of Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy, about three generations of a Glasgow family, written in Scots. At first she posted cute pictures of herself & her hamsters & rats online which gained attention. But then her involvement in full-on disputes on Twitter & in the Scottish press took her profile & that of her book to a much higher level. Being trolled has its downsides, but it can also boost book sales. She talks about that & the controversy around writing in Scots. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
25:05
November 3, 2021
38. Weird book promotion (part 2) with Tina Baker, Lulu Allison, Fiona Sherlock & Emma Grae
38. Weird book promotion (part 2) with Tina Baker, Emma Grae, Fiona Sherlock & Lulu Allison: In this episode of We'd Like A Word, presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan hear about innovative, odd & risky ways authors promote their books.  Tina Baker is the author of Call Me Mummy and Nasty Little Cuts. She's also a former TV & radio showbiz reporter. She used to clean the aisles of the supermarket that now sells her books. Her promotional ruses encompass street theatre, book spanking, wedding dresses, climbing on cars, burpees & (notwithstanding that previous part) constant sparkling glamour. She also moos, quite a bit. Fiona Sherlock is the Irish crime fiction author of Preserved & Twelve Motives for Murder. But she's also the creator of a whole range of murder mystery games, one of which, The Wizard's Dagger, is tested by We'd Like A Word listeners, led by Mark Vent. It's a tense episode as, in true Jukebox Jury style, Fiona braces herself for the audience verdict on her game. There's a lot of acting, some appalling singing of Britney Spears songs & pointed accusations. Fiona also explains why Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Ridley Scott were going to the toilet in her back garden in Bective, in County Meath. (Jodie Comer was more discreet.)  Lulu Allison is the author of Salt Lick, in which the British countryside empties of people, nature re-wilds the land & feral cows provide a chorus. She's also an artist & while bored during Covid lockdown created & shared pictures of a new homemade hat every week, made only of bits a pieces about the house - maps, garden forks, a frying pan & more weird stuff. It went viral. A ukulele band wrote a song about it. Emma Grae is the Scottish author of Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy, about three generations of a Glasgow family, written in Scots. At first she posted cute pictures of herself & her hamsters & rats online which gained attention. But then her involvement in full-on disputes on Twitter & in the Scottish press took her profile & that of her book to a much higher level. Being trolled has its downsides, but it can also boost book sales. She talks about that & the controversy around writing in Scots. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
27:04
November 3, 2021
37. Weird book promotion (part 3) with Tina Baker, Emma Grae, Fiona Sherlock & Lulu Allison
37. Weird book promotion (part 3) with Tina Baker, Emma Grae, Fiona Sherlock & Lulu Allison: In this episode of We'd Like A Word, presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan hear about innovative, odd & risky ways authors promote their books. Tina Baker is the author of Call Me Mummy and Nasty Little Cuts. She's also a former TV & radio showbiz reporter. She used to clean the aisles of the supermarket that now sells her books. Her promotional ruses encompass street theatre, book spanking, wedding dresses, climbing on cars, burpees & (notwithstanding that previous part) constant sparkling glamour. She also moos, quite a bit. Fiona Sherlock is the Irish crime fiction author of Preserved & Twelve Motives for Murder. But she's also the creator of a whole range of murder mystery games, one of which, The Wizard's Dagger, is tested by We'd Like A Word listeners, led by Mark Vent. It's a tense episode as, in true Jukebox Jury style, Fiona braces herself for the audience verdict on her game. There's a lot of acting, some appalling singing of Britney Spears songs & pointed accusations. Fiona also explains why Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Ridley Scott were going to the toilet in her back garden in Bective, in County Meath. (Jodie Comer was more discreet.) Lulu Allison is the author of Salt Lick, in which the British countryside empties of people, nature re-wilds the land & feral cows provide a chorus. She's also an artist & while bored during Covid lockdown created & shared pictures of a new homemade hat every week, made only of bits a pieces about the house - maps, garden forks, a frying pan & more weird stuff. It went viral. A ukulele band wrote a song about it. Emma Grae is the Scottish author of Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy, about three generations of a Glasgow family, written in Scots. At first she posted cute pictures of herself & her hamsters & rats online which gained attention. But then her involvement in full-on disputes on Twitter & in the Scottish press took her profile & that of her book to a much higher level. Being trolled has its downsides, but it can also boost book sales. She talks about that & the controversy around writing in Scots. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan. 
32:50
November 3, 2021
36. Writing Partnerships (part 1): Ambrose Parry, Chris Brookmyre, Dr Marisa Haetzman, Dan Brotzel & Martin Jenkins
Writing Partnerships (part 1): Ambrose Parry is the author of the Scottish historical crime thriller, A Corruption of Blood, published by Canongate. Ambrose Parry is also the pseudonym of the (married) writing partnership of consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman and her husband, the internationally bestselling and multi-award winning author Chris Brookmyre. Marisa and Chris tell authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, the presenters of the We'd Like A Word books and authors podcast, how they create and maintain this series set in Victorian Edinburgh, (now on book 3); about the challenges and benefits of writing collaboration; and whether being married helps their writing (and whether writing together helps their marriage). Also on this episode of We'd Like A Word, we hear from Dan Brotzel and Martin Jenkins, two of the three authors (along with Alex Woolf) of the new comic novel, Work in Progress (previously known as Kitten on a Fatberg), published by Unbound. Dan and Martin are in the same writers' group and got together to write this book. In their new book, Work In Progress, members of a fictional writers' group get together to write a collaborative novel. So we hear how the fictional authors and the real writers got together and how they succeed and fail in their efforts to keep readers laughing and turning the pages. "It's a bit meta." We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
20:44
September 1, 2021
35. Writing Partnerships (part 2): Ambrose Parry, Chris Brookmyre, Dr Marisa Haetzman, Dan Brotzel & Martin Jenkins
Writing Partnerships (part 2): Ambrose Parry is the author of the Scottish historical crime thriller, A Corruption of Blood, published by Canongate. Ambrose Parry is also the pseudonym of the (married) writing partnership of consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman and her husband, the internationally bestselling and multi-award winning author Chris Brookmyre. Marisa and Chris tell authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, the presenters of the We'd Like A Word books and authors podcast, how they create and maintain this series set in Victorian Edinburgh, (now on book 3); about the challenges and benefits of writing collaboration; and whether being married helps their writing (and whether writing together helps their marriage). Also on this episode of We'd Like A Word, we hear from Dan Brotzel and Martin Jenkins, two of the three authors (along with Alex Woolf) of the new comic novel, Work in Progress (previously known as Kitten on a Fatberg), published by Unbound. Dan and Martin are in the same writers' group and got together to write this book. In their new book, Work In Progress, members of a fictional writers' group get together to write a collaborative novel. So we hear how the fictional authors and the real writers got together and how they succeed and fail in their efforts to keep readers laughing and turning the pages. "It's a bit meta." We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
20:36
September 1, 2021
34. Writing Partnerships (part 3): Dan Brotzel, Martin Jenkins, Ambrose Parry, Chris Brookmyre & Dr Marisa Haetzman
Writing Partnerships (part 3): On this episode of the books and authors podcast, We'd Like A Word, presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan hear from Dan Brotzel and Martin Jenkins, two of the three authors (along with Alex Woolf) of the new comic novel, Work in Progress (previously known as Kitten on a Fatberg), published by Unbound. Dan and Martin are in the same writers' group and got together to write this book. In their new book, Work In Progress, members of a fictional writers' group get together to write a collaborative novel. So we hear how the fictional authors and the real writers got together and how they succeed and fail in their efforts to keep readers laughing and turning the pages. "It's a bit meta." Also on this episode of We'd Like A Word - Ambrose Parry is the author of the Scottish historical crime thriller, A Corruption of Blood, published by Canongate. Ambrose Parry is also the pseudonym of the (married) writing partnership of consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman and her husband, the internationally bestselling and multi-award winning author Chris Brookmyre. Marisa and Chris tell authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, the presenters of the We'd Like A Word books and authors podcast, how they create and maintain this series set in Victorian Edinburgh, (now on book 3); about the challenges and benefits of writing collaboration; and whether being married helps their writing (and whether writing together helps their marriage). We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
24:08
September 1, 2021
33. Men Writing Women (part 1): RJ McBrien & Shelley Weiner
Men Writing Women (part 1): RJ McBrien, author of Reckless + author & Faber Writing Academy tutor Shelley Weiner, tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how male authors can write convincing female characters - and vice versa.  RJ McBrien is a very successful TV screenplay writer (Spoowks, The Bill, Soldier Soldier, Atlantis, Merlin, Red Caps, etc), who has also had some crushing and hilarious exploits in movie writing too. Reckless, published by Welbeck Publishing, is this author's first novel. It gets into the mind of an apparently happily married woman who is missing just one thing - good sex. In order to "scratch that itch" (RJ's words, not ours), she gets into some dark, dangerous, poignant and very funny scrapes. RJ is Richard. So - not just a man writing a woman, but writing about the most intimate aspects of her life. Does he pull it off? Is it appropriation? Who helped? Shelley Weiner is a major reason Reckless was published. She was the tutor of RJ's Faber Writing Academy course - and guided him to the feminine side. She's also an author. Her titles include: Writing Short Stories, Writing Your First Novel, The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green, Arnost, The Joker, The Last Honeymoon & A Sister's Tale. She's currently writing Summer Strand, a novel inspired by her Lithuanian parents who met and married in the Kaunas ghetto, were sent to separate Nazi concentration camps, survived the Holocaust, found each other again in a post-war camp for displaced people in Italy, & managed to reach South Africa - just as apartheid was imposed. We also hear personal stories of encounters with Jodie Foster, Arthur Miller, Ewan McGregor, Heath Ledger & Ted Demme. We discuss "nerks" (is that how you spell nerk?) - non-swearing swear words - like the frequency of toerags in The Bill. We discover the importance of the type of "and" or "&" and where it's placed in movie credits. We hear what happens when a film studio asks you rewrite a film script, not relaising you were the original author in the first place. We hear which are easier to write - books or screenplays? And about the importance of authors' support groups, beat readers, bad and good sex writing, Adrian McKinty, Brian McGilloway, body dismorphia amongst middle-aged women, Raven Leilani, Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins, top writing tips from Shelley, the contract with the reader, staying inside your story, editor Niamh Mulvey, integrity v cynicism, and lots of useful insight. There's a bit of cursing too - even worse words than toerag. Sorry. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:31
July 27, 2021
32. Men Writing Women (part 2): RJ McBrien & Shelley Weiner
Men Writing Women (part 2): RJ McBrien, author of Reckless + author & Faber Writing Academy tutor Shelley Weiner, tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how male authors can write convincing female characters - and vice versa. RJ McBrien is a very successful TV screenplay writer (Spooks, The Bill, Soldier Soldier, Atlantis, Merlin, Red Caps, etc), who has also had some crushing and hilarious exploits in movie writing too. Reckless, published by Welbeck Publishing, is this author's first novel. It gets into the mind of an apparently happily married woman who is missing just one thing - good sex. In order to "scratch that itch" (RJ's words, not ours), she gets into some dark, dangerous, poignant and very funny scrapes. RJ is Richard. So - not just a man writing a woman, but writing about the most intimate aspects of her life. Does he pull it off? Is it appropriation? Who helped? Shelley Weiner is a major reason Reckless was published. She was the tutor of RJ's Faber Writing Academy course - and guided him to the feminine side. She's also an author. Her titles include: Writing Short Stories, Writing Your First Novel, The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green, Arnost, The Joker, The Last Honeymoon & A Sister's Tale. She's currently writing Summer Strand, a novel inspired by her Lithuanian parents who met and married in the Kaunas ghetto, were sent to separate Nazi concentration camps, survived the Holocaust, found each other again in a post-war camp for displaced people in Italy, & managed to reach South Africa - just as apartheid was imposed. We also hear personal stories of encounters with Jodie Foster, Arthur Miller, Ewan McGregor, Heath Ledger & Ted Demme. We discuss "nerks" (is that how you spell nerk?) - non-swearing swear words - like the frequency of toerags in The Bill. We discover the importance of the type of "and" or "&" and where it's placed in movie credits. We hear what happens when a film studio asks you rewrite a film script, not relaising you were the original author in the first place. We hear which are easier to write - books or screenplays? And about the importance of authors' support groups, beat readers, bad and good sex writing, Adrian McKinty, Brian McGilloway, body dismorphia amongst middle-aged women, Raven Leilani, Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins, top writing tips from Shelley, the contract with the reader, staying inside your story, editor Niamh Mulvey, integrity v cynicism, and lots of useful insight. There's a bit of cursing too - even worse words than toerag. Sorry. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:28
July 27, 2021
31. Men Writing Women (part 3): RJ McBrien & Shelley Weiner
Men Writing Women (part 3): RJ McBrien, author of Reckless + author & Faber Writing Academy tutor Shelley Weiner, tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how male authors can write convincing female characters - and vice versa. RJ McBrien is a very successful TV screenplay writer (Spooks, The Bill, Soldier Soldier, Atlantis, Merlin, Red Caps, etc), who has also had some crushing and hilarious exploits in movie writing too. Reckless, published by Welbeck Publishing, is this author's first novel. It gets into the mind of an apparently happily married woman who is missing just one thing - good sex. In order to "scratch that itch" (RJ's words, not ours), she gets into some dark, dangerous, poignant and very funny scrapes. RJ is Richard. So - not just a man writing a woman, but writing about the most intimate aspects of her life. Does he pull it off? Is it appropriation? Who helped? Shelley Weiner is a major reason Reckless was published. She was the tutor of RJ's Faber Writing Academy course - and guided him to the feminine side. She's also an author. Her titles include: Writing Short Stories, Writing Your First Novel, The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green, Arnost, The Joker, The Last Honeymoon & A Sister's Tale. She's currently writing Summer Strand, a novel inspired by her Lithuanian parents who met and married in the Kaunas ghetto, were sent to separate Nazi concentration camps, survived the Holocaust, found each other again in a post-war camp for displaced people in Italy, & managed to reach South Africa - just as apartheid was imposed. We also hear personal stories of encounters with Jodie Foster, Arthur Miller, Ewan McGregor, Heath Ledger & Ted Demme. We discuss "nerks" (is that how you spell nerk?) - non-swearing swear words - like the frequency of toerags in The Bill. We discover the importance of the type of "and" or "&" and where it's placed in movie credits. We hear what happens when a film studio asks you rewrite a film script, not relaising you were the original author in the first place. We hear which are easier to write - books or screenplays? And about the importance of authors' support groups, beat readers, bad and good sex writing, Adrian McKinty, Brian McGilloway, body dismorphia amongst middle-aged women, Raven Leilani, Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins, top writing tips from Shelley, the contract with the reader, staying inside your story, editor Niamh Mulvey, integrity v cynicism, and lots of useful insight. There's a bit of cursing too - even worse words than toerag. Sorry. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
25:06
July 27, 2021
30. Fictionalising recent history (part 1): Alan Parks & Eamon Somers
Fictionalising recent history (part 1): Scottish crime fiction author Alan Parks & Irish writer Eamon Somers tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how they set their stories in the recent past and get it right. Alan Parks is the author of The April Dead, published by Canongate, set in 1970s Glasgow, featuring detective Harry McCoy. According to Peter May (who we've also had on We'd Like A Word), Alan's "1970s Glasgow is hewn from flesh and drawn in blood." The Times said "Detective Harry McCoy is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey." Alan's books come out in the month mentioned in the title - The April Dead follows Bloody January, February's Son & Bobby March Will Live Forever. If your book is hundreds of years ago, fewer people will be able to spot your mistakes or have strong opinions on how it really was. But if, like Alan, your book is set in the 1970s, or, like Eamon, your book is set in the 1980s, brace yourself for close scrutiny. It also means there'll be as many "true" versions of your time period as there are readers who remember it. We hear how Alan and Eamon scatter subtle signals of the time - using musical references, the weather, smoking - and in Alan's case, a sinister thread on torture by members of the British military in Kenya, Malaya and Northern Ireland during the years of decolonisation. Before he was an author, Alan worked in the music industry. So we also ask about his time with Enya, New Order and All Saints. Alan's website is https://www.alanparks.co.uk Eamon Somers is the author of Dolly Considine's Hotel, published by Unbound, which switches back and forth between the 1980s of the Irish abortion referendum and previous decades. It's inspired by his own time working in a Dublin shebeen near the Gate Theatre, where the likes of film and theatre director Peter Bogdanovich and politicians would linger for illicit drinking. Eamon was a campaigner in Ireland's fledgling gay liberation movement, serving three terms as spokesperson for Ireland’s National Gay Federation. When he moved to London he worked for a while Haringey Council’s Lesbian and Gay Unit (including the anti-Clause 28 campaign). But he says he certainly did not want to write yet another coming out misery memoir - he was determined that the gay leading character must NOT die. His website is https://www.eamonsomers.com We also talk about why authors put racist language only in the mouths of baddies - painting too rosy a picture? And Abba, Orson Welles, Bay City Rollers, how the Scottish Liberation Front might have blocked Stiff Little Fingers from stardom (SLF), TV's Country Matters, Fat City directed by John Huston, The Red Balloon, The Graduate, how the '70s were really orange, Mau Mau, abortion, Mother Ireland & writing the past through the lens of the present. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
18:44
July 6, 2021
29. Fictionalising recent history (part 2): Alan Parks & Eamon Somers
Fictionalising recent history (part 2): Scottish crime fiction author Alan Parks & Irish writer Eamon Somers tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how they set their stories in the recent past and get it right. Alan Parks is the author of The April Dead, published by Canongate, set in 1970s Glasgow, featuring detective Harry McCoy. According to Peter May (who we've also had on We'd Like A Word), Alan's "1970s Glasgow is hewn from flesh and drawn in blood." The Times said "Detective Harry McCoy is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey." Alan's books come out in the month mentioned in the title - The April Dead follows Bloody January, February's Son & Bobby March Will Live Forever. If your book is hundreds of years ago, fewer people will be able to spot your mistakes or have strong opinions on how it really was. But if, like Alan, your book is set in the 1970s, or, like Eamon, your book is set in the 1980s, brace yourself for close scrutiny. It also means there'll be as many "true" versions of your time period as there are readers who remember it. We hear how Alan and Eamon scatter subtle signals of the time - using musical references, the weather, smoking - and in Alan's case, a sinister thread on torture by members of the British military in Kenya, Malaya and Northern Ireland during the years of decolonisation. Before he was an author, Alan worked in the music industry. So we also ask about his time with Enya, New Order and All Saints. Alan's website is https://www.alanparks.co.uk Eamon Somers is the author of Dolly Considine's Hotel, published by Unbound, which switches back and forth between the 1980s of the Irish abortion referendum and previous decades. It's inspired by his own time working in a Dublin shebeen near the Gate Theatre, where the likes of film and theatre director Peter Bogdanovich and politicians would linger for illicit drinking. Eamon was a campaigner in Ireland's fledgling gay liberation movement, serving three terms as spokesperson for Ireland’s National Gay Federation. When he moved to London he worked for a while Haringey Council’s Lesbian and Gay Unit (including the anti-Clause 28 campaign). But he says he certainly did not want to write yet another coming out misery memoir - he was determined that the gay leading character must NOT die. His website is https://www.eamonsomers.com We also talk about why authors put racist language only in the mouths of baddies - painting too rosy a picture? And Abba, Orson Welles, Bay City Rollers, how the Scottish Liberation Front might have blocked Stiff Little Fingers from stardom (SLF), TV's Country Matters, Fat City directed by John Huston, The Red Balloon, The Graduate, how the '70s were really orange, Mau Mau, abortion, Mother Ireland & writing the past through the lens of the present. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
19:42
July 6, 2021
28. Fictionalising recent history (part 3): Alan Parks & Eamon Somers
Fictionalising recent history (part 3): Scottish crime fiction author Alan Parks & Irish writer Eamon Somers tell We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how they set their stories in the recent past and get it right. Alan Parks is the author of The April Dead, published by Canongate, set in 1970s Glasgow, featuring detective Harry McCoy. According to Peter May (who we've also had on We'd Like A Word), Alan's "1970s Glasgow is hewn from flesh and drawn in blood." The Times said "Detective Harry McCoy is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey." Alan's books come out in the month mentioned in the title - The April Dead follows Bloody January, February's Son & Bobby March Will Live Forever. If your book is hundreds of years ago, fewer people will be able to spot your mistakes or have strong opinions on how it really was. But if, like Alan, your book is set in the 1970s, or, like Eamon, your book is set in the 1980s, brace yourself for close scrutiny. It also means there'll be as many "true" versions of your time period as there are readers who remember it. We hear how Alan and Eamon scatter subtle signals of the time - using musical references, the weather, smoking - and in Alan's case, a sinister thread on torture by members of the British military in Kenya, Malaya and Northern Ireland during the years of decolonisation. Before he was an author, Alan worked in the music industry. So we also ask about his time with Enya, New Order and All Saints. Alan's website is https://www.alanparks.co.uk Eamon Somers is the author of Dolly Considine's Hotel, published by Unbound, which switches back and forth between the 1980s of the Irish abortion referendum and previous decades. It's inspired by his own time working in a Dublin shebeen near the Gate Theatre, where the likes of film and theatre director Peter Bogdanovich and politicians would linger for illicit drinking. Eamon was a campaigner in Ireland's fledgling gay liberation movement, serving three terms as spokesperson for Ireland’s National Gay Federation. When he moved to London he worked for a while Haringey Council’s Lesbian and Gay Unit (including the anti-Clause 28 campaign). But he says he certainly did not want to write yet another coming out misery memoir - he was determined that the gay leading character must NOT die. His website is https://www.eamonsomers.com  We also talk about why authors put racist language only in the mouths of baddies - painting too rosy a picture? And Abba, Orson Welles, Bay City Rollers, how the Scottish Liberation Front might have blocked Stiff Little Fingers from stardom (SLF), TV's Country Matters, Fat City directed by John Huston, The Red Balloon, The Graduate, how the '70s were really orange, Mau Mau, abortion, Mother Ireland & writing the past through the lens of the present. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
19:58
July 6, 2021
27. Becoming a children's author (part 1): Julia Donaldson & Ted Chaplin
Becoming a children's author and illustrator (part 1): The legendary children's author Julia Donaldson & new children's author and illustrator Ted Chaplin talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how to create really good stories for young readers. Julia is the former Children's Laureate and the author of A Squash And A Squeeze, The Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant in Town, Stickman and more than a hundred books read by and to children, again and again and again. Many of them illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Now Julia is curating an online course to pass on her advice - and the advice of other experts - to other people who would like to become children's authors. It's under the auspices of the BBC Maestro series. You can find more details by following this link https://www.bbcmaestro.com/courses/julia-donaldson/writing-children-s-picture-books - 27 lessons lasting 6.5 hours, costing £80 In the meantime, Julia some surprising revelations for We'd Like A Word listeners. But what about Ted Chaplin - he's been at the top of the movie animation tree for a long time - working Farmageddon (Shaun the Sheep), Early Man, the Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Captain Scarlet, and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (but it wasn't his fault - if you've seen the film, you'll know what we mean). But now he's moving into writing and illustrating children's picture stories. It's been more than a year since presenters Paul and Stevyn have been able to get together face-to-face to interview a guest - due to covid - but in this episode we meet in Ted Chaplin's workshop, (which is a lot tidier looking than Steve's, I can tell you). We see Ted's work-in-progress - including a very very cute sloth-like creature.  We also talk about Jed Mercurio, The Scarecrow's Wedding, Korky Paul, Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake-Off, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woolly Bear Caterpillar, the Gruffalo, Princess Mirabelle, the Beth and Ginny stories, The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, Hamnett by Maggie O'Farrell, Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Brian Blessed, The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Aardman Animation, The Imaginarium and Andy Serkis, the Highway Rat, David Tennant, Axel Scheffler, secret codes in movie making, Doctor Who and Star Wars, The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Rockabye Rumpus, Oi Frog by Kes Gray, Running on the Cracks, Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame, Richmal Crompton's Just William books, The Borrowers, E Nesbit, Judith Kerr, Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, smashing a Blue Peter trophy, Pride and Prejudice, favourite writing or drawing implements, Mr Men, Spot the Dog, Captain Scarlet, Cat Deeley, Black Panther, the Hulk, Ant and Dec, bums and farts, a Kookaburra and Faber pencils.  We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
28:13
June 22, 2021
26. Becoming a children's author (part 2): Julia Donaldson & Ted Chaplin
Becoming a children's author and illustrator (part 2): The legendary children's author Julia Donaldson & new children's author and illustrator Ted Chaplin talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how to create really good stories for young readers. Julia is the former Children's Laureate and the author of A Squash And A Squeeze, The Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant in Town, Stickman and more than a hundred books read by and to children, again and again and again. Many of them illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Now Julia is curating an online course to pass on her advice - and the advice of other experts - to other people who would like to become children's authors. It's under the auspices of the BBC Maestro series. You can find more details by following this link https://www.bbcmaestro.com/courses/julia-donaldson/writing-children-s-picture-books - 27 lessons lasting 6.5 hours, costing £80 In the meantime, Julia some surprising revelations for We'd Like A Word listeners. But what about Ted Chaplin - he's been at the top of the movie animation tree for a long time - working Farmageddon (Shaun the Sheep), Early Man, the Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Captain Scarlet, and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (but it wasn't his fault - if you've seen the film, you'll know what we mean). But now he's moving into writing and illustrating children's picture stories. It's been more than a year since presenters Paul and Stevyn have been able to get together face-to-face to interview a guest - due to covid - but in this episode we meet in Ted Chaplin's workshop, (which is a lot tidier looking than Steve's, I can tell you). We see Ted's work-in-progress - including a very very cute sloth-like creature.  We also talk about Jed Mercurio, The Scarecrow's Wedding, Korky Paul, Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake-Off, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Wolly Bear Caterpillar, the Gruffalo, Princess Mirabelle, the Beth and Ginny stories, The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, Hamnett by maggie O'Farrell, Scopp by Evelyn Waugh, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Brian Blessed, The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Aardman Animation, The Imaginarium and Andy Serkis, the Highway Rat, David Tennant, Axel Scheffler, secret codes in movie making, Doctor Who and Star Wars, The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Rockabye Rumpus, Oi Frog by Kes Gray, Running on the Cracks, Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame, Richmal Crompton's Just William books, The Borrowers, E Nesbit, Judith Kerr, Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, smashing a Blue Peter trophy, Pride and Prejudice, favourite writing or drawing implements, Mr Men, Spot the Dog, Captain Scarlet, Cat Deeley, Black Panther, the Hulk, Ant and Dec, bums and farts, a Kookaburra and Faber pencils.  We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:39
June 22, 2021
25. Becoming a children's author (part 3): Julia Donaldson & Ted Chaplin
Becoming a children's author and illustrator (part 3): The legendary children's author Julia Donaldson & new children's author and illustrator Ted Chaplin talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about how to create really good stories for young readers. Julia is the former Children's Laureate and the author of A Squash And A Squeeze, The Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant in Town, Stickman and more than a hundred books read by and to children, again and again and again. Many of them illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Now Julia is curating an online course to pass on her advice - and the advice of other experts - to other people who would like to become children's authors. It's under the auspices of the BBC Maestro series. You can find more details by following this link https://www.bbcmaestro.com/courses/julia-donaldson/writing-children-s-picture-books - 27 lessons lasting 6.5 hours, costing £80 In the meantime, Julia some surprising revelations for We'd Like A Word listeners. But what about Ted Chaplin - he's been at the top of the movie animation tree for a long time - working Farmageddon (Shaun the Sheep), Early Man, the Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Captain Scarlet, and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (but it wasn't his fault - if you've seen the film, you'll know what we mean). But now he's moving into writing and illustrating children's picture stories. It's been more than a year since presenters Paul and Stevyn have been able to get together face-to-face to interview a guest - due to covid - but in this episode we meet in Ted Chaplin's workshop, (which is a lot tidier looking than Steve's, I can tell you). We see Ted's work-in-progress - including a very very cute sloth-like creature. We also talk about Jed Mercurio, The Scarecrow's Wedding, Korky Paul, Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake-Off, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Wolly Bear Caterpillar, the Gruffalo, Princess Mirabelle, the Beth and Ginny stories, The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, Hamnett by maggie O'Farrell, Scopp by Evelyn Waugh, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Brian Blessed, The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists, Aardman Animation, The Imaginarium and Andy Serkis, the Highway Rat, David Tennant, Axel Scheffler, secret codes in movie making, Doctor Who and Star Wars, The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Rockabye Rumpus, Oi Frog by Kes Gray, Running on the Cracks, Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame, Richmal Crompton's Just William books, The Borrowers, E Nesbit, Judith Kerr, Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, smashing a Blue Peter trophy, Pride and Prejudice, favourite writing or drawing implements, Mr Men, Spot the Dog, Captain Scarlet, Cat Deeley, Black Panther, the Hulk, Ant and Dec, bums and farts, a Kookaburra and Faber pencils. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
26:29
June 22, 2021
24. Writing Memoirs (part 1) Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe
Writing Memoirs (part 1): Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about what makes a good memoir. Farah Bashir's new book, Rumours of Spring, is about her girlhood growing up in Kashmir during an insurgency and severe security crackdown. Her family home was repeatedly searched by the army, a relative shot dead, a schoolfriend attacked with acid and her family life, education and local traditions radically disrupted. Farah writes about how the conflict and living in fear had particular impacts on women and girls - altering their posture, menstruation, visibility and core sense of self. But her book is not an unbroken litany of misery - far from it. It's a fascinating and illuminating insight into a warm family life and a rich imagination. The details and small behaviours she describes bring Srinagar vividly to life. Farah explains why she wrote Rumours of Spring; how she had to wait until she was ready; the challenges in revealing very personal aspects of her own and her family's lives; and how to make her individual story gripping for people who've never met her - her readers. Farah is from Kashmir and these days lives in Delhi. Rumours of Spring is published by Harper Collins India. And we also hear from Auriel Roe, who joins us from Spain, where she runs The Memoirist website and international memoir publisher Dogberry Books. She loves publishing other people's memoirs and is deluged with submissions. However, too many of them are boring or unremittingly miserable. Auriel is on a quest for relatable personal stories with at least of tinge of humour. Which does not mean that they cannot be serious, but does hope for some self-awareness. We also talk about David Attenborough, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (Last Chance to See), Berthold Brecht, Black Lives Matter, Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), Hisham Matar (The Return), Suad Amiry (Sharon and My Mother-in-Law), Stephen Fry, Thomas Bewick, Oliver Postgate (Seeing Things), Bagpuss, The Clangers, Nogging the Nog, Christine Adams and Michael McMahon (Miss Savidge Moves Her House), George Orwell, Joseph O'Neill (Blood-Dark Track: A Family History), Grace Jones (I'll Never Write My Memoirs), Primo Levi and Basharat Peer (Curfewed Night). We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:12
May 26, 2021
23. Writing Memoirs (part 2) Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe
Writing Memoirs (part 2): Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about what makes a good memoir. Farah Bashir's new book, Rumours of Spring, is about her girlhood growing up in Kashmir during an insurgency and severe security crackdown. Her family home was repeatedly searched by the army, a relative shot dead, a schoolfriend attacked with acid and her family life, education and local traditions radically disrupted. Farah writes about how the conflict and living in fear had particular impacts on women and girls - altering their posture, menstruation, visibility and core sense of self. But her book is not an unbroken litany of misery - far from it. It's a fascinating and illuminating insight into a warm family life and a rich imagination. The details and small behaviours she describes bring Srinagar vividly to life. Farah explains why she wrote Rumours of Spring; how she had to wait until she was ready; the challenges in revealing very personal aspects of her own and her family's lives; and how to make her individual story gripping for people who've never met her - her readers. Farah is from Kashmir and these days lives in Delhi. Rumours of Spring is published by Harper Collins India. And we also hear from Auriel Roe, who joins us from Spain, where she runs The Memoirist website and international memoir publisher Dogberry Books. She loves publishing other people's memoirs and is deluged with submissions. However, too many of them are boring or unremittingly miserable. Auriel is on a quest for relatable personal stories with at least of tinge of humour. Which does not mean that they cannot be serious, but does hope for some self-awareness. We also talk about David Attenborough, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (Last Chance to See), Berthold Brecht, Black Lives Matter, Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), Hisham Matar (The Return), Suad Amiry (Sharon and My Mother-in-Law), Stephen Fry, Thomas Bewick, Oliver Postgate (Seeing Things), Bagpuss, The Clangers, Nogging the Nog, Christine Adams and Michael McMahon (Miss Savidge Moves Her House), George Orwell, Joseph O'Neill (Blood-Dark Track: A Family History), Grace Jones (I'll Never Write My Memoirs), Primo Levi and Basharat Peer (Curfewed Night). We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
17:50
May 26, 2021
22. Writing Memoirs (part 3) Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe
Writing Memoirs (part 3): Farah Bashir & Auriel Roe talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about what makes a good memoir. Farah Bashir's new book, Rumours of Spring, is about her girlhood growing up in Kashmir during an insurgency and severe security crackdown. Her family home was repeatedly searched by the army, a relative shot dead, a schoolfriend attacked with acid and her family life, education and local traditions radically disrupted. Farah writes about how the conflict and living in fear had particular impacts on women and girls - altering their posture, menstruation, visibility and core sense of self. But her book is not an unbroken litany of misery - far from it. It's a fascinating and illuminating insight into a warm family life and a rich imagination. The details and small behaviours she describes bring Srinagar vividly to life. Farah explains why she wrote Rumours of Spring; how she had to wait until she was ready; the challenges in revealing very personal aspects of her own and her family's lives; and how to make her individual story gripping for people who've never met her - her readers. Farah is from Kashmir and these days lives in Delhi. Rumours of Spring is published by Harper Collins India. And we also hear from Auriel Roe, who joins us from Spain, where she runs The Memoirist website and international memoir publisher Dogberry Books. She loves publishing other people's memoirs and is deluged with submissions. However, too many of them are boring or unremittingly miserable. Auriel is on a quest for relatable personal stories with at least of tinge of humour. Which does not mean that they cannot be serious, but does hope for some self-awareness. We also talk about David Attenborough, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (Last Chance to See), Berthold Brecht, Black Lives Matter, Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), Hisham Matar (The Return), Suad Amiry (Sharon and My Mother-in-Law), Stephen Fry, Thomas Bewick, Oliver Postgate (Seeing Things), Bagpuss, The Clangers, Nogging the Nog, Christine Adams and Michael McMahon (Miss Savidge Moves Her House), George Orwell, Joseph O'Neill (Blood-Dark Track: A Family History), Grace Jones (I'll Never Write My Memoirs), Primo Levi and Basharat Peer (Curfewed Night). We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
20:15
May 26, 2021
21. Writers Weekend festival (part 1) with Reshma Ruia, John Baker, Adrienne Dines & Sara Gangai
Writers Weekend festival (part 1): Novelist & poet Reshma Ruia, literary agent John Baker of Bell Lomax Moreton, writing mentor Adrienne Dines & festival organiser Sara Gangai all talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the UK's prime gathering for unrepresented authors to find an agent. This year the festival is online because of Covid. But the author-agent meet-ups are happening as much as ever. And there'll be all sorts of other attractions - celebrity author talks, workshops, writers' circles, plot development, how to improve your writing & discussions. The main Writers Weekend is 24-27 June, 2021 - with the Writers’ Circles starting 16 May. You'll find details here https://writersweekend.uk - the slogan is "from inspiration to publication". In this episode we hear all about the Writers Weekend; about authors who have found agents at past events; how to use condiments to solve your plotting problems (Cruet Wars... Game of Spoons... at the DWLC - the Desperate Writers Lunch Club); the worst pitch that agent John Baker ever received; what an agent like him is looking for; how to get publishers interested in your comic or fantasy novel; the challenges of writing a multicultural book when authors are accused of cultural appropriation; & how to ensure your story has "emotional geology". And we also hear about these authors: Lissa Evans, Helen Fields, MG leonard, Tracey Corderoy, Derek Miller, Robert Fabbri, Alison Sherlock, Claire Dyer, Tammye Huf, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, CM Waggoner, Gabriela Houston, AM Shine, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, David Nobbs, Tom Sharpe, Stella Gibbons, Diana Gabaldon, Chris Riddell, Helen Dennis, Kerry Fisher, John Cleese, Kira-Anne Pelican, Peace Adzo Medie, Ernest Hemmingway, Beverley Birch & Jeanine Cummins. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:32
April 14, 2021
20. Writers Weekend festival (part 2) with Reshma Ruia, John Baker, Adrienne Dines & Sara Gangai
Writers Weekend festival (part 2): Novelist & poet Reshma Ruia, literary agent John Baker of Bell Lomax Moreton, writing mentor Adrienne Dines & festival organiser Sara Gangai all talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the UK's prime gathering for unrepresented authors to find an agent. This year the festival is online because of Covid. But the author-agent meet-ups are happening as much as ever. And there'll be all sorts of other attractions - celebrity author talks, workshops, writers' circles, plot development, how to improve your writing & discussions. The main Writers Weekend is 24-27 June, 2021 - with the Writers’ Circles starting 16 May. You'll find details here https://writersweekend.uk - the slogan is "from inspiration to publication". In this episode we hear all about the Writers Weekend; about authors who have found agents at past events; how to use condiments to solve your plotting problems (Cruet Wars... Game of Spoons... at the DWLC - the Desperate Writers Lunch Club); the worst pitch that agent John Baker ever received; what an agent like him is looking for; how to get publishers interested in your comic or fantasy novel; the challenges of writing a multicultural book when authors are accused of cultural appropriation; & how to ensure your story has "emotional geology". And we also hear about these authors: Lissa Evans, Helen Fields, MG leonard, Tracey Corderoy, Derek Miller, Robert Fabbri, Alison Sherlock, Claire Dyer, Tammye Huf, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, CM Waggoner, Gabriela Houston, AM Shine, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, David Nobbs, Tom Sharpe, Stella Gibbons, Diana Gabaldon, Chris Riddell, Helen Dennis, Kerry Fisher, John Cleese, Kira-Anne Pelican, Peace Adzo Medie, Ernest Hemmingway, Beverley Birch & Jeanine Cummins. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
22:59
April 14, 2021
19. Writers Weekend festival (part 3) with Reshma Ruia, John Baker, Adrienne Dines & Sara Gangai
Writers Weekend festival (part 3): Novelist & poet Reshma Ruia, literary agent John Baker of Bell Lomax Moreton, writing mentor Adrienne Dines & festival organiser Sara Gangai all talk to We'd Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the UK's prime gathering for unrepresented authors to find an agent. This year the festival is online because of Covid. But the author-agent meet-ups are happening as much as ever. And there'll be all sorts of other attractions - celebrity author talks, workshops, writers' circles, plot development, how to improve your writing & discussions. The main Writers Weekend is 24-27 June, 2021 - with the Writers’ Circles starting 16 May. You'll find details here https://writersweekend.uk - the slogan is "from inspiration to publication". In this episode we hear all about the Writers Weekend; about authors who have found agents at past events; how to use condiments to solve your plotting problems (Cruet Wars... Game of Spoons... at the DWLC - the Desperate Writers Lunch Club); the worst pitch that agent John Baker ever received; what an agent like him is looking for; how to get publishers interested in your comic or fantasy novel; the challenges of writing a multicultural book when authors are accused of cultural appropriation; & how to ensure your story has "emotional geology".  And we also hear about these authors: Lissa Evans, Helen Fields, MG leonard, Tracey Corderoy, Derek Miller, Robert Fabbri, Alison Sherlock, Claire Dyer, Tammye Huf, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, CM Waggoner, Gabriela Houston, AM Shine, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, David Nobbs, Tom Sharpe, Stella Gibbons, Diana Gabaldon, Chris Riddell, Helen Dennis, Kerry Fisher, John Cleese, Kira-Anne Pelican, Peace Adzo Medie, Ernest Hemmingway, Beverley Birch & Jeanine Cummins. We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul & Steve & our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - & yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
16:50
April 14, 2021
18. Literary agents (part 1) Piers Blofeld & James Wills
Literary agents (part 1): Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land & James Wills, managing director of Watson Little discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to get an agent for fiction or non-fiction, how to keep an agent, & mistakes to avoid. They also dish up some behind the scenes gossip. Piers has been the agent for Nadine Dorries, Cath Quinn, Jamie Thomson & Pizza Express. No, really. The Pizza Express Cookbook. He's also Stevyn Colgan's agent. James is agent for Christopher Fowler, Martin Edwards, Alex Pavesi, footballer Jamie Carragher & the great Alan Moore - crime fiction, thrillers, sports star & graphic novels. He's also the agent who sold the audiobook rights for Paul Waters' book, Blackwatertown, to WF Howes. (Patrick Moy is the audiobook narrator. You should have a listen.)  On this episode we hear about Piers Blofeld's link to the Bond villain with whom he shares a surname, from authors Jo Jakeman & Allie C Hall, about Henry "Blowers" Blofeld, the price of getting an agent's name wrong in your pitch letter, diversity, comedians called David getting book deals (yes Davids Baddiel & Walliams, we mean you), books on spontaneous combustion, dropping a tea-soaked gingernut on Paul's phone, why your pitch letter should be "half long & twice strong", changing book titles or not (David Alderton - Fat Dog Thin & Freya Berry - The Dictator's Wife), author relationships with mega-publishers (like Penguin Random House, Harper Collins or Hachette) v smaller but perfectly formed ones (like Orenda or Viper), how good storytelling is not the same as good writing (& far rarer), how winning awards may not change your life, why you need an agent to be your bad cop, & how agents cope with rejection. (You see? It's not just authors who go through it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:46
March 30, 2021
17. Literary agents (part 2) Piers Blofeld & James Wills
Literary agents (part 2): Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land & James Wills, managing director of Watson Little discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to get an agent for fiction or non-fiction, how to keep an agent, & mistakes to avoid. They also dish up some behind the scenes gossip. Piers has been the agent for Nadine Dorries, Cath Quinn, Jamie Thomson & Pizza Express. No, really. The Pizza Express Cookbook. He's also Stevyn Colgan's agent. James is agent for Christopher Fowler, Martin Edwards, Alex Pavesi, footballer Jamie Carragher & the great Alan Moore - crime fiction, thrillers, sports star & graphic novels. He's also the agent who sold the audiobook rights for Paul Waters' book, Blackwatertown, to WF Howes. (Patrick Moy is the audiobook narrator. You should have a listen.)  On this episode we hear about Piers Blofeld's link to the Bond villain with whom he shares a surname, from authors Jo Jakeman & Allie C Hall, about Henry "Blowers" Blofeld, the price of getting an agent's name wrong in your pitch letter, diversity, comedians called David getting book deals (yes Davids Baddiel & Walliams, we mean you), books on spontaneous combustion, dropping a tea-soaked gingernut on Paul's phone, why your pitch letter should be "half long & twice strong", changing book titles or not (David Alderton - Fat Dog Thin & Freya Berry - The Dictator's Wife), author relationships with mega-publishers (like Penguin Random House, Harper Collins or Hachette) v smaller but perfectly formed ones (like Orenda or Viper), how good storytelling is not the same as good writing (& far rarer), how winning awards may not change your life, why you need an agent to be your bad cop, & how agents cope with rejection. (You see? It's not just authors who go through it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
20:53
March 30, 2021
16. Literary agents (part 3) Piers Blofeld & James Wills
Literary agents (part 3): Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land & James Wills, managing director of Watson Little discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to get an agent for fiction or non-fiction, how to keep an agent, & mistakes to avoid. They also dish up some behind the scenes gossip. Piers has been the agent for Nadine Dorries, Cath Quinn, Jamie Thomson & Pizza Express. No, really. The Pizza Express Cookbook. He's also Stevyn Colgan's agent. James is agent for Christopher Fowler, Martin Edwards, Alex Pavesi, footballer Jamie Carragher & the great Alan Moore - crime fiction, thrillers, sports star & graphic novels. He's also the agent who sold the audiobook rights for Paul Waters' book, Blackwatertown, to WF Howes. (Patrick Moy is the audiobook narrator. You should have a listen.) On this episode we hear about Piers Blofeld's link to the Bond villain with whom he shares a surname, from authors Jo Jakeman & Allie C Hall, about Henry "Blowers" Blofeld, the price of getting an agent's name wrong in your pitch letter, diversity, comedians called David getting book deals (yes Davids Baddiel & Walliams, we mean you), books on spontaneous combustion, dropping a tea-soaked gingernut on Paul's phone, why your pitch letter should be "half long & twice strong", changing book titles or not (David Alderton - Fat Dog Thin & Freya Berry - The Dictator's Wife), author relationships with mega-publishers (like Penguin Random House, Harper Collins or Hachette) v smaller but perfectly formed ones (like Orenda or Viper), how good storytelling is not the same as good writing (& far rarer), how winning awards may not change your life, why you need an agent to be your bad cop, & how agents cope with rejection. (You see? It's not just authors who go through it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
15:43
March 30, 2021
15. YA young adult books (part 1) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh
YA young adult books (part 1) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh: Sarwat & Shiulie discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to write & market YA (young adult) and mid-lit books. Sarwat is the author of City of the Plague God published by Rick Riordan Presents. He's also the author of The Templar Chronicles (trilogy) (coming out - again - soon with a new part 3), The Ash Mistry series, The Dragon's Eye, Mission Atomic, The Devil's Kiss, The City of Death, and Dark Goddess. He also writes the animated The Legend of Hanuman series for Disney Hotstars. And he has a tendency to get into trouble with rhinos & other occasionally aggressive species. Shiulie is the author of the Daughter of Kali trilogy (& prequel), the Chronicles of Cetaea duology, Mark of the Djinn, The Prince and his Thief, and Soul Quest - some of them published by Peach Publishing. She's also the renowned ITN, Al Jazeera, BBC & TRT TV foreign correspondent & presenter. She honed her diplomatic skills talking herself out of tight corners in war zones. Shiulie & Sarwat discuss paranormal fantasy; gritty urban coming-of-age romance; diversity & appropriation in representation & writing; creating an anti-Indiana Jones hero, mythology & varying value systems; Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad adventures; making a place for kickass mothers in YA fiction; how to & whether to tackle tough issues like sex, violence, drugs, death, racism, cancer, incest, murder & rape; and who exactly is this goddess Kali they both find so galvanising? We also hear about other inspirational authors, agents & phenomena including Natasha Ngan, Olivia Chadha, SA Chakraborty, Sonia Land, Piers Blofeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rick Riordan, Grayson Perry, Angie Thomas, John Green, Ray Harryhausen, Kali, Peter L Barnes and Indiana Jones. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
21:13
March 17, 2021
14. YA young adult books (part 2) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh
YA young adult books (part 2) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh: Sarwat & Shiulie discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to write & market YA (young adult) and mid-lit books. Sarwat is the author of City of the Plague God published by Rick Riordan Presents. He's also the author of The Templar Chronicles (trilogy) (coming out - again - soon with a new part 3), The Ash Mistry series, The Dragon's Eye, Mission Atomic, The Devil's Kiss, The City of Death, and Dark Goddess. He also writes the animated The Legend of Hanuman series for Disney Hotstars. And he has a tendency to get into trouble with rhinos & other occasionally aggressive species. Shiulie is the author of the Daughter of Kali trilogy (& prequel), the Chronicles of Cetaea duology, Mark of the Djinn, The Prince and his Thief, and Soul Quest - some of them published by Peach Publishing. She's also the renowned ITN, Al Jazeera, BBC & TRT TV foreign correspondent & presenter. She honed her diplomatic skills talking herself out of tight corners in war zones. Shiulie & Sarwat discuss paranormal fantasy; gritty urban coming-of-age romance; diversity & appropriation in representation & writing; creating an anti-Indiana Jones hero, mythology & varying value systems; Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad adventures; making a place for kickass mothers in YA fiction; how to & whether to tackle tough issues like sex, violence, drugs, death, racism, cancer, incest, murder & rape; and who exactly is this goddess Kali they both find so galvanising? We also hear about other inspirational authors, agents & phenomena including Natasha Ngan, Olivia Chadha, SA Chakraborty, Sonia Land, Piers Blofeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rick Riordan, Grayson perry, Angie Thomas, John Green, Ray Harryhausen, Kali, Peter L Barnes and Indiana Jones. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
20:16
March 17, 2021
13. YA young adult books (part 3) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh
YA young adult books (part 3) with Sarwat Chadda & Shiulie Ghosh: Sarwat & Shiulie discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to write & market YA (young adult) and mid-lit books. Sarwat is the author of City of the Plague God published by Rick Riordan Presents. He's also the author of The Templar Chronicles (trilogy) (coming out - again - soon with a new part 3), The Ash Mistry series, The Dragon's Eye, Mission Atomic, The Devil's Kiss, The City of Death, and Dark Goddess. He also writes the animated The Legend of Hanuman series for Disney Hotstars. And he has a tendency to get into trouble with rhinos & other occasionally aggressive species. Shiulie is the author of the Daughter of Kali trilogy (& prequel), the Chronicles of Cetaea duology, Mark of the Djinn, The Prince and his Thief, and Soul Quest - some of them published by Peach Publishing. She's also the renowned ITN, Al Jazeera, BBC & TRT TV foreign correspondent & presenter. She honed her diplomatic skills talking herself out of tight corners in war zones. Shiulie & Sarwat discuss paranormal fantasy; gritty urban coming-of-age romance; diversity & appropriation in representation & writing; creating an anti-Indiana Jones hero, mythology & varying value systems; Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad adventures; making a place for kickass mothers in YA fiction; how to & whether to tackle tough issues like sex, violence, drugs, death, racism, cancer, incest, murder & rape; and who exactly is this goddess Kali they both find so galvanising? We also hear about other inspirational authors, agents & phenomena including Natasha Ngan, Olivia Chadha, SA Chakraborty, Sonia Land, Piers Blofeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rick Riordan, Grayson perry, Angie Thomas, John Green, Ray Harryhausen, Kali, Peter L Barnes and Indiana Jones. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.
24:54
March 17, 2021
12. Fantasy & world building (part 1) with Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton
Lessons in fantasy & world building (part 1) from Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton: They discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to construct imagined worlds from top to bottom, dual narratives, fantastic naturalism, combining fantasy, speculative fiction & science fiction. Elizabeth's new book, The Absolute Book, published by Penguin / Michael Joseph, is out now. It's massive & the cover is lovely. Elizabeth joins us from the land of tomorrow - ie New Zealand. She teaches world building at Victoria University in Wellington. She's the author of 13 novels and other other works besides. Literary non-realism, she sometimes calls it. Her books have won plenty of awards & she has an honour herself - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Stephanie is the author of Bone Lines, published by Unbound, and various short stories. She's has not (yet) been honoured by royalty, but she's revered as a kind and effective support by many, many new authors. She's currently working on the sequel to Bone Lines - part 2 in her Children of Sarah series. We also hear about inspiration from JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, Lionel Shriver, Anne McCaffrey, Black lace women's erotica, Suzie Wilde, Sue Clark, Ursula Le Guin & Richard Powers. And also about author (& former We'd Like A Word guest) Dougie Brimson's new TV & film production company, Red Bus Movies. He's ex-RAF & wants ex-military to apply. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:09
March 2, 2021
11. Fantasy & world building (part 2) with Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton
Lessons in fantasy & world building (part 2) from Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton: They discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to construct imagined worlds from top to bottom, dual narratives, fantastic naturalism, combining fantasy, speculative fiction & science fiction. Elizabeth's new book, The Absolute Book, published by Penguin / Michael Joseph, is out now. It's massive & the cover is lovely. Elizabeth joins us from the land of tomorrow - ie New Zealand. She teaches world building at Victoria University in Wellington. She's the author of 13 novels and other other works besides. Literary non-realism, she sometimes calls it. Her books have won plenty of awards & she has an honour herself - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Stephanie is the author of Bone Lines, published by Unbound, and various short stories. She's has not (yet) been honoured by royalty, but she's revered as a kind and effective support by many, many new authors. She's currently working on the sequel to Bone Lines - part 2 in her Children of Sarah series. We also hear about inspiration from JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, Lionel Shriver, Anne McCaffrey, Black lace women's erotica, Suzie Wilde, Sue Clark, Ursula Le Guin & Richard Powers. And also about author (& former We'd Like A Word guest) Dougie Brimson's new TV & film production company, Red Bus Movies. He's ex-RAF & wants ex-military to apply. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
21:42
March 2, 2021
10. Fantasy & world building (part 3) with Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton
Lessons in fantasy & world building (part 3) from Elizabeth Knox & Stephanie Bretherton: They discuss with We'd Like A Word presenters, Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan, how to construct imagined worlds from top to bottom, dual narratives, fantastic naturalism, combining fantasy, speculative fiction & science fiction. Elizabeth's new book, The Absolute Book, published by Penguin / Michael Joseph, is out now. It's massive & the cover is lovely. Elizabeth joins us from the land of tomorrow - ie New Zealand. She teaches world building at Victoria University in Wellington. She's the author of 13 novels and other other works besides. Literary non-realism, she sometimes calls it. Her books have won plenty of awards & she has an honour herself - Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Stephanie is the author of Bone Lines, published by Unbound, and various short stories. She's has not (yet) been honoured by royalty, but she's revered as a kind and effective support by many, many new authors. She's currently working on the sequel to Bone Lines - part 2 in her Children of Sarah series.   We also hear about inspiration from JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, Lionel Shriver, Anne McCaffrey, Black lace women's erotica, Suzie Wilde, Sue Clark, Ursula Le Guin & Richard Powers. And also about author (& former We'd Like A Word guest) Dougie Brimson's new TV & film production company, Red Bus Movies. He's ex-RAF & wants ex-military to apply.  We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
18:26
March 2, 2021
9. New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 1): Simon Maltman, James Murphy & David Torrans of No Alibis
New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 1) with authors Simon Maltman & James Murphy, & bookseller & publisher David Torrans: They discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, financial support for authors, whether publisher (& reader) appetite for Northern Ireland crime fiction has dried up (Paul hopes not!), and keeping a bookshop and publisher going during Covid. Simon Maltman's latest novel is Witness. He's also the author of The Mark, Sidewinder, Bongo Fury & more. He plays guitar, he's from Bangor and leads crime fiction tours of Belfast. James Murphy, from Belfast, is a former headteacher and author of the Terror trilogy - The Rise of Terror, The Terror Within & Dark Light (yes, we tease James for that third title). James also teaches crime writing, is an organiser of the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing, and presents the podcast, A Life of Crime (Writing) with James Murphy. The legendary David Torrans owns the legendary No Alibi's crime and mystery bookshop on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. He also runs the No Alibis Press publisher, (Emma Warnock is the editor). He's been a magnet and hub for local and international authors, and is one of the organisers of Noireland, the Northern Ireland International Crime Fiction Festival. And David and his shop have been immortalised in fiction (Mystery Man by Colin Bateman) - an uncannily accurate depiction of the real man. (David denies it. But just look at him and draw your own conclusions.) We also have a love in for the Northern Ireland Arts Council and author Gerard Brennan, whose latest book is called Shot. We hear about the next book coming from No Alibis Press - it's called Seed, by Joanna Walsh. And we talk about authors Val McDermid, Adrian McKinty, Colin Bateman, Steve Cavanagh, Kelly Creighton, Sharon Dempsey, Stuart Neville, Maurice Leitch, Brian McGilloway, Vigdis Hjorth & Emily St John Mandell. Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt pop in the conversation. Paul threatens to replace Stevyn as co-presenter with You Tube countryside guru Dick Leviathan. There's a lot of chuckling and quite a bit of giggling. This episode was supported by the We'd Like A Word advisory panel: Gerry Lockdown, Barry Murderer, Trevor Torture, Maurice Fear & Seamus Panic. Thanks guys. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:27
February 17, 2021
8. New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 2): Simon Maltman, James Murphy & David Torrans of No Alibis
New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 2) with authors Simon Maltman & James Murphy, & bookseller & publisher David Torrans: They discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, financial support for authors, whether publisher (& reader) appetite for Northern Ireland crime fiction has dried up (Paul hopes not!), and keeping a bookshop and publisher going during Covid. Simon Maltman's latest novel is Witness. He's also the author of The Mark, Sidewinder, Bongo Fury & more. He plays guitar, he's from Bangor and leads crime fiction tours of Belfast. James Murphy, from Belfast, is a former headteacher and author of the Terror trilogy - The Rise of Terror, The Terror Within & Dark Light (yes, we tease James for that third title). James also teaches crime writing, is an organiser of the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing, and presents the podcast, A Life of Crime (Writing) with James Murphy. The legendary David Torrans owns the legendary No Alibi's crime and mystery bookshop on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. He also runs the No Alibis Press publisher, (Emma Warnock is the editor). He's been a magnet and hub for local and international authors, and is one of the organisers of Noireland, the Northern Ireland International Crime Fiction Festival. And David and his shop have been immortalised in fiction (Mystery Man by Colin Bateman) - an uncannily accurate depiction of the real man. (David denies it. But just look at him and draw your own conclusions.) We also have a love in for the Northern Ireland Arts Council and author Gerard Brennan, whose latest book is called Shot. We hear about the next book coming from No Alibis Press - it's called Seed, by Joanna Walsh. And we talk about authors Val McDermid, Adrian McKinty, Colin Bateman, Steve Cavanagh, Kelly Creighton, Sharon Dempsey, Stuart Neville, Maurice Leitch, Brian McGilloway, Vigdis Hjorth & Emily St John Mandell. Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt pop in the conversation. Paul threatens to replace Stevyn as co-presenter with You Tube countryside guru Dick Leviathan. There's a lot of chuckling and quite a bit of giggling. This episode was supported by the We'd Like A Word advisory panel: Gerry Lockdown, Barry Murderer, Trevor Torture, Maurice Fear & Seamus Panic. Thanks guys. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:45
February 17, 2021
7. New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 3): Simon Maltman, James Murphy & David Torrans of No Alibis
New Northern Ireland crime fiction (part 3) with authors Simon Maltman & James Murphy, & bookseller & publisher David Torrans: They discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, financial support for authors, whether publisher (& reader) appetite for Northern Ireland crime fiction has dried up (Paul hopes not!), and keeping a bookshop and publisher going during Covid. Simon Maltman's latest novel is Witness. He's also the author of The Mark, Sidewinder, Bongo Fury & more. He plays guitar, he's from Bangor and leads crime fiction tours of Belfast. James Murphy, from Belfast, is a former headteacher and author of the Terror trilogy - The Rise of Terror, The Terror Within & Dark Light (yes, we tease James for that third title). James also teaches crime writing, is an organiser of the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing, and presents the podcast, A Life of Crime (Writing) with James Murphy. The legendary David Torrans owns the legendary No Alibi's crime and mystery bookshop on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. He also runs the No Alibis Press publisher, (Emma Warnock is the editor). He's been a magnet and hub for local and international authors, and is one of the organisers of Noireland, the Northern Ireland International Crime Fiction Festival. And David and his shop have been immortalised in fiction (Mystery Man by Colin Bateman) - an uncannily accurate depiction of the real man. (David denies it. But just look at him and draw your own conclusions.) We also have a love in for the Northern Ireland Arts Council and author Gerard Brennan, whose latest book is called Shot. We hear about the next book coming from No Alibis Press - it's called Seed, by Joanna Walsh. And we talk about authors Val McDermid, Adrian McKinty, Colin Bateman, Steve Cavanagh, Kelly Creighton, Sharon Dempsey, Stuart Neville, Maurice Leitch, Brian McGilloway, Vigdis Hjorth & Emily St John Mandell. Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt pop in the conversation. Paul threatens to replace Stevyn as co-presenter with You Tube countryside guru Dick Leviathan. There's a lot of chuckling and quite a bit of giggling. This episode was supported by the We'd Like A Word advisory panel: Gerry Lockdown, Barry Murderer, Trevor Torture, Maurice Fear & Seamus Panic. Thanks guys. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
22:58
February 17, 2021
6. Meet the publishers (part 1) - Karen Sullivan of Orenda & Miranda Jewess of Viper/Profile
Meet the Publishers (Part 1) with Karen Sullivan & Miranda Jewess:  Karen, owner & publisher of Orenda Books, and Miranda, senior commissioning editor & so-called Viper Nest Momma at Viper Books (part of Profile), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of publishing - how they choose books & authors, what puts them off, whether you really need an agent or not (and how to get a deal without one), the impact of celebrity authors, the chances for new writers, how you should use social media and what books they love or are excited by, bus tours, literary festivals & writing in the vernacular. We also talk about authors Denise Mina, Antti Toumainen, David F Ross, Peter May, Helen Fitzgerald, Louise Beech, Ragnar Jonasson, Russel D McLean, Matt Wesolowski, Will Carver, Doug Johnston, Lucy Foley, Guy Morpuss, Catriona Ward & Stephanie Bretherton. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
19:35
February 2, 2021
5. Meet the publishers (part 2) - Karen Sullivan of Orenda & Miranda Jewess of Viper/Profile
Meet the Publishers (Part 2) with Karen Sullivan & Miranda Jewess:  Karen, owner & publisher of Orenda Books, and Miranda, senior commissioning editor & so-called Viper Nest Momma at Viper Books (part of Profile), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of publishing - how they choose books & authors, what puts them off, whether you really need an agent or not (and how to get a deal without one), the impact of celebrity authors, the chances for new writers, how you should use social media and what books they love or are excited by, bus tours, literary festivals & writing in the vernacular. We also talk about authors Denise Mina, Antti Toumainen, David F Ross, Peter May, Helen Fitzgerald, Louise Beech, Ragnar Jonasson, Russel D McLean, Matt Wesolowski, Will Carver, Doug Johnston, Lucy Foley, Guy Morpuss, Catriona Ward & Stephanie Bretherton. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
18:46
February 2, 2021
4. Meet the publishers (part 3) - Karen Sullivan of Orenda & Miranda Jewess of Viper/Profile
Meet the Publishers (Part 3) with Karen Sullivan & Miranda Jewess:  Karen, owner & publisher of Orenda Books, and Miranda, senior commissioning editor & so-called Viper Nest Momma at Viper Books (part of Profile), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of publishing - how they choose books & authors, what puts them off, whether you really need an agent or not (and how to get a deal without one), the impact of celebrity authors, the chances for new writers, how you should use social media and what books they love or are excited by, bus tours, literary festivals & writing in the vernacular. We also talk about authors Denise Mina, Antti Toumainen, David F Ross, Peter May, Helen Fitzgerald, Louise Beech, Ragnar Jonasson, Russel D McLean, Matt Wesolowski, Will Carver, Doug Johnston, Lucy Foley, Guy Morpuss, Catriona Ward & Stephanie Bretherton. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
21:11
February 2, 2021
3. Audiobooks (Part 1) with Natalie Chisholm, Caroline Lennon & Patrick Moy
Audiobooks (Part 1) with Caroline Lennon, Patrick Moy & Natalie Chisholm:  Caroline (who played Siobhan Hathaway in The Archers on BBC Radio 4), Patrick and Natalie, all audiobook narrators and actors (and in Natalie's case a producer too), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of audiobook narration and how they make your writing sound good. Part 1 is all Natalie. Natalie Chisholm, aka Redhead Voiceover, narrates classic short stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Clara Venn and Oscar Wilde for B7 Media. She also has her own home studio for proper "punch and roll" recording - helped by her BBC presenting and producing background.  In the other episodes we hear from Caroline Lennon - she's famous for playing the scarlet-haired temptress Siobhan Hathaway who has an affair with Brian Aldridge in The Archers on BBC Radio 4, so she takes questions from our audience on what happened on set and why she left. She also talks about the 350+ unabridged audiobooks she has narrated. 350! They include books by Brian McGilloway, Hannah Kent, Jane Casey, Maeve Binchy, Anne Enright, Peter Tremayne, Graham Masterton, Hannah Hauxwell and many many more. Caroline tells us about the only author who should be allowed to narrate their own books (only one), how she does it herself, discusses political extremes and representation. We also hear from Patrick Moy (aka Patrick Doddy) who has narrated about 50 unabridged audiobooks, including Blackwatertown by Paul Waters (hurrah!), and books by Hilary Mantel, Catherine Doyle, Fintan O'Toole, Paul Murray, JP Donleavy, Helen Cullen, Eoin Colfer, Ian Cobain, Edward Rutherfurd, John Chambers, Jim Hutton and Tim Wapshott. Plus stories of Freddie Mercury backstage and theatrical disasters.  We also bring in authors Barbara Copperthwaite, Sue Jones, Joanne Frost Johnson, Monica Ali, Hallie Rubenhold and actors David Tennant, Rula Lenska and Andrew Scott. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:09
January 19, 2021
2. Audiobooks (Part 2) with Patrick Moy, Caroline Lennon & Natalie Chisholm
Audiobooks (Part 2) with Patrick Moy, Caroline Lennon & Natalie Chisholm:  Caroline (who played Siobhan Hathaway in The Archers on BBC Radio 4), Patrick and Natalie, all audiobook narrators and actors (and in Natalie's case a producer too), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of audiobook narration and how they make your writing sound good. Part 2 is all Patrick. Patrick Moy (aka Patrick Doddy)  has narrated about 50 unabridged audiobooks, including Blackwatertown by Paul Waters (hurrah!), and books by Hilary Mantel, Catherine Doyle, Fintan O'Toole, Paul Murray, JP Donleavy, Helen Cullen, Eoin Colfer, Ian Cobain, Edward Rutherfurd, John Chambers, Jim Hutton and Tim Wapshott. He also raises stories of Freddie Mercury backstage and theatrical disasters. (Yes, it's the one about when Freddie Mercury tried Stevyn Colgan's helmet on for size and Patrick Moy crash landed into the scenery.)  With excerpts of Patrick reading from Blackwatertown (by Paul Waters) and Rula Lenska reading from A Murder To Die For (by Stevyn Colgan - includes teeth being sunk into a scotum). In the other episodes we hear from Caroline Lennon - she's famous for playing the scarlet-haired temptress Siobhan Hathaway who has an affair with Brian Aldridge in The Archers on BBC Radio 4, so she takes questions from our audience on what happened on set and why she left. She also talks about the 350+ unabridged audiobooks she has narrated. 350! They include books by Brian McGilloway, Hannah Kent, Jane Casey, Maeve Binchy, Anne Enright, Peter Tremayne, Graham Masterton, Hannah Hauxwell and many many more. Caroline tells us about the only author who should be allowed to narrate their own books (only one), how she does it herself, discusses political extremes and representation.  Natalie Chisholm, aka Redhead Voiceover, narrates classic short stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Clara Venn and Oscar Wilde for B7 Media. She also has her own home studio for proper "punch and roll" recording - helped by her BBC presenting and producing background.  We also bring in authors Barbara Copperthwaite, Sue Jones, Joanne Frost Johnson, Monica Ali, Hallie Rubenhold and actors David Tennant and Andrew Scott. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
28:09
January 19, 2021
1. Audiobooks (Part 3) with Caroline Lennon, Patrick Moy & Natalie Chisholm
Audiobooks (Part 3) with Caroline Lennon, Patrick Moy & Natalie Chisholm:  Caroline (who played Siobhan Hathaway in The Archers on BBC Radio 4), Patrick and Natalie, all audiobook narrators and actors (and in Natalie's case a producer too), reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of audiobook narration and how they make your writing sound good. Part 3 is all Caroline. She is famous for playing the scarlet-haired temptress Siobhan Hathaway who has an affair with Brian Aldridge in The Archers on BBC Radio 4, so she takes questions from our audience on what happened on set and why she left. She also talks about the 350+ unabridged audiobooks she has narrated. 350! They include books by Brian McGilloway, Hannah Kent, Jane Casey, Maeve Binchy, Anne Enright, Peter Tremayne, Graham Masterton, Hannah Hauxwell and many many more. Caroline tells us about the only author who should be allowed to narrate their own books (only one), how she does it herself, discusses political extremes and representation. In the other episodes we hear from Patrick Moy (aka Patrick Doddy) who has narrated about 50 unabridged audiobooks, including Blackwatertown by Paul Waters (hurrah!), and books by Hilary Mantel, Catherine Doyle, Fintan O'Toole, Paul Murray, JP Donleavy, Helen Cullen, Eoin Colfer, Ian Cobain, Edward Rutherfurd, John Chambers, Jim Hutton and Tim Wapshott. Plus stories of Freddie Mercury backstage and theatrical disasters.  Natalie Chisholm, aka Redhead Voiceover, narrates classic short stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Clara Venn and Oscar Wilde for B7 Media. She also has her own home studio for proper "punch and roll" recording - helped by her BBC presenting and producing background.  We also bring in authors Barbara Copperthwaite, Sue Jones, Joanne Frost Johnson, Monica Ali, Hallie Rubenhold and actors David Tennant, Rula Lenska and Andrew Scott. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
26:06
January 19, 2021
65. Editing books (Part 1) with Russel D Mclean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Editing books (Part 1) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:01
August 5, 2020
64. Editing books (Part 2) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Editing books (Part 2) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:05
August 5, 2020
63. Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
16:16
August 5, 2020
62. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 1) author of what’s left of me is yours
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 1): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
21:50
July 15, 2020
61. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 2) author of what’s left of me is yours
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 2): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
16:30
July 15, 2020
60. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 3) author of what’s left of me is yours
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 3): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
15:36
July 15, 2020
59. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 1)
World-beating short stories (Part 1): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:12
July 1, 2020
58. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 2)
World-beating short stories (Part 2): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:30
July 1, 2020
57. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 3)
World-beating short stories (Part 3): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:51
July 1, 2020
56. How trauma shapes story (part 1): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
How trauma shapes your story (Part 1): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
19:20
June 17, 2020
55. How trauma shapes story (part 2): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
How trauma shapes your story (Part 2): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:43
June 17, 2020
54. How trauma shapes story (part 3): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
How trauma shapes your story (Part 3): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:25
June 17, 2020
53. Dougie Brimson (part 1) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Working class writers Part 1: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:26
June 3, 2020
52. Dougie Brimson (part 2) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Working class writers Part 2: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
15:41
June 3, 2020
51. Dougie Brimson (part 3) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Working class writers Part 3: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:13
June 3, 2020
50. James Bond 007 (part 1) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
James Bond Part 1: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:51
May 20, 2020
49. James Bond 007 (part 2) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
James Bond Part 2: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
09:14
May 20, 2020
48. James Bond 007 (part 3) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
James Bond Part 3: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
22:14
May 20, 2020
47. Romcoms (Part 1) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
Part 1: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne, Lisa & Lisa - join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan to share how to write romantic comedy, examples from their books & reveal the answer to the burning question - are most Mills & Boon authors men? Also joining in is veteran BBC radio sketch show comedy writer Sue Clark to discuss her comedy history, how Kenny Everett stole her joke & her new comedy novel Note To Boy. We also celebrate some bookshops - The Book Corner (Halifax), White Rose Books (Thirsk), Mostly Books (Abingdon) & one whose name we can’t remember in Southport. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:33
May 7, 2020
46. Romcoms (Part 2) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
Part 2: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne, Lisa & Lisa - join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan to share how to write romantic comedy, examples from their books & reveal the answer to the burning question - are most Mills & Boon authors men? Also joining in is veteran BBC radio sketch show comedy writer Sue Clark to discuss her comedy history, how Kenny Everett stole her joke & her new comedy novel Note To Boy. We also celebrate some bookshops - The Book Corner (Halifax), White Rose Books (Thirsk), Mostly Books (Abingdon) & one whose name we can’t remember in Southport. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
18:09
May 7, 2020
45. Romcoms (Part 3) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
Part 3: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne, Lisa & Lisa - join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan to share how to write romantic comedy, examples from their books & reveal the answer to the burning question - are most Mills & Boon authors men? Also joining in is veteran BBC radio sketch show comedy writer Sue Clark to discuss her comedy history, how Kenny Everett stole her joke & her new comedy novel Note To Boy. We also celebrate some bookshops - The Book Corner (Halifax), White Rose Books (Thirsk), Mostly Books (Abingdon) & one whose name we can’t remember in Southport. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
15:03
May 7, 2020
44. Taylor Brown (part 1) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Part 1: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how he immerses himself in the environment he sets his stories - whether it’s the southern African veldt, the Florida swamps or the islands of Georgia. And how short stories are at the core of his novels. We loved reading Taylor’s writing, but it was We’d Like A Word listener Jason Grubbs who introduced us to each other. So Jason joins in the podcast all the way from Michigan state, USA. Sit back, close your eyes and listen to conversation about deep time, power animals, lore of lions, tigers, leopards and elephants, big game poaching and exotic animal rescue, mythical beasts and hoaxes and the end of the world as we know it. And not forgetting the Georgia Pig Man, The Florida Swamp Ape and the Altamaha-ha. ***** We also enlist comedian Robin Ince of the Infinite Monkey Cage podcast to celebrate The Cottage Bookshop in Penn, Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne, Goldsboro Books in London, Lemuria Books in Jackson Mississippi, and E. Shaver and The Book Lady bookstores in Savannah, Georgia. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:37
April 22, 2020
43. Taylor Brown (part 2) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Part 2: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how he immerses himself in the environment he sets his stories - whether it’s the southern African veldt, the Florida swamps or the islands of Georgia. And how short stories are at the core of his novels. We loved reading Taylor’s writing, but it was We’d Like A Word listener Jason Grubbs who introduced us to each other. So Jason joins in the podcast all the way from Michigan state, USA. Sit back, close your eyes and listen to conversation about deep time, power animals, lore of lions, tigers, leopards and elephants, big game poaching and exotic animal rescue, mythical beasts and hoaxes and the end of the world as we know it. And not forgetting the Georgia Pig Man, The Florida Swamp Ape and the Altamaha-ha. ***** We also enlist comedian Robin Ince of the Infinite Monkey Cage podcast to celebrate The Cottage Bookshop in Penn, Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne, Goldsboro Books in London, Lemuria Books in Jackson Mississippi, and E. Shaver and The Book Lady bookstores in Savannah, Georgia. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:48
April 22, 2020
42. Taylor Brown (part 3) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Part 3: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how he immerses himself in the environment he sets his stories - whether it’s the southern African veldt, the Florida swamps or the islands of Georgia. And how short stories are at the core of his novels. We loved reading Taylor’s writing, but it was We’d Like A Word listener Jason Grubbs who introduced us to each other. So Jason joins in the podcast all the way from Michigan state, USA. Sit back, close your eyes and listen to conversation about deep time, power animals, lore of lions, tigers, leopards and elephants, big game poaching and exotic animal rescue, mythical beasts and hoaxes and the end of the world as we know it. And not forgetting the Georgia Pig Man, The Florida Swamp Ape and the Altamaha-ha. ***** We also enlist comedian Robin Ince of the Infinite Monkey Cage podcast to celebrate The Cottage Bookshop in Penn, Camilla’s Bookshop in Eastbourne, Goldsboro Books in London, Lemuria Books in Jackson Mississippi, and E. Shaver and The Book Lady bookstores in Savannah, Georgia. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
27:19
April 22, 2020
41. Book launches (Part 1) with Tony Kent & Judith O’Reilly in times of coronavirus + back stories
Part 1: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie stuntman - you may have seen him in a Roman cavalry charge with Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator or riding off a burning barge in The Mummy. So how does he fit in writing his thrillers? How is he launching Power Play at a time when social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of coronavirus means that public gatherings are banned? Especially if you’ve had the virus yourself - like Tony. Also, does he have the writing world’s best author back story? (In a previous episode, book publicist to the stars Angela McMahon explained how important your personal back story is to getting published and getting attention.) Tony has a belter of a tale about he got into law. And what does Tony have to say about the morality of writing a story with a pandemic at its heart - super topical or simply exploitative? *** Also in this episode, we offered a platform to authors whose book launches have been disrupted by coronavirus, and the renowned crime fiction writer Judith O’Reilly responded. Her new book Curse The Day is out now. Brace yourself for a blistering pace and the reappearance of assassin Michael North. Spoiler alert, it turns out that Tony Kent loves Curse The Day and its predecessor Killing State. Phew! What a happy coincidence and a sign that you should read her too, if you haven’t already. It’s a only a tiny taster of Judith (she’s written much more) - we’d love to have her on for a lot longer in future. *** We celebrate 3 bookshops in this episode - Forum Books in Corbridge, Goldsboro Books in London and Waterstones in High Wycombe with an interview with Ben Churchill. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
15:53
April 8, 2020
40. Book launches (Part 2) hit by coronavirus & back stories with Tony Kent & Judith O’Reilly
Part 2: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie stuntman - you may have seen him in a Roman cavalry charge with Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator or riding off a burning barge in The Mummy. So how does he fit in writing his thrillers? How is he launching Power Play at a time when social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of coronavirus means that public gatherings are banned? Especially if you’ve had the virus yourself - like Tony. Also, does he have the writing world’s best author back story? (In a previous episode, book publicist to the stars Angela McMahon explained how important your personal back story is to getting published and getting attention.) Tony has a belter of a tale about he got into law. And what does Tony have to say about the morality of writing a story with a pandemic at its heart - super topical or simply exploitative? *** Also in this episode, we offered a platform to authors whose book launches have been disrupted by coronavirus, and the renowned crime fiction writer Judith O’Reilly responded. Her new book Curse The Day is out now. Brace yourself for a blistering pace and the reappearance of assassin Michael North. Spoiler alert, it turns out that Tony Kent loves Curse The Day and its predecessor Killing State. Phew! What a happy coincidence and a sign that you should read her too, if you haven’t already. It’s a only a tiny taster of Judith (she’s written much more) - we’d love to have her on for a lot longer in future. *** We celebrate 3 bookshops in this episode - Forum Books in Corbridge, Goldsboro Books in London and Waterstones in High Wycombe with an interview with Ben Churchill. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
22:44
April 8, 2020
39. Book launches (Part 3) with Tony Kent, Judith O’Reilly & Ben Churchill of Waterstones Wycombe
Part 3: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie stuntman - you may have seen him in a Roman cavalry charge with Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator or riding off a burning barge in The Mummy. So how does he fit in writing his thrillers? How is he launching Power Play at a time when social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of coronavirus means that public gatherings are banned? Especially if you’ve had the virus yourself - like Tony. Also, does he have the writing world’s best author back story? (In a previous episode, book publicist to the stars Angela McMahon explained how important your personal back story is to getting published and getting attention.) Tony has a belter of a tale about he got into law. And what does Tony have to say about the morality of writing a story with a pandemic at its heart - super topical or simply exploitative? *** Also in this episode, we offered a platform to authors whose book launches have been disrupted by coronavirus, and the renowned crime fiction writer Judith O’Reilly responded. Her new book Curse The Day is out now. Brace yourself for a blistering pace and the reappearance of assassin Michael North. Spoiler alert, it turns out that Tony Kent loves Curse The Day and its predecessor Killing State. Phew! What a happy coincidence and a sign that you should read her too, if you haven’t already. It’s a only a tiny taster of Judith (she’s written much more) - we’d love to have her on for a lot longer in future. *** We celebrate 3 bookshops in this episode - Forum Books in Corbridge, Goldsboro Books in London and Waterstones in High Wycombe with an interview with Ben Churchill. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
25:07
April 8, 2020
38. Self help books (part 1) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (swearing)
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former journalist & specialist practitioner of rational-emotive behaviour therapy. He used to growl a lot & immerse himself in Bingo. John Williams talks about the Ideas Lab & applying his self help skills to dating & relationships. (How well did that work out? Have a listen...) We’ll also be discussing he challenges of having a swear word in your book title - so this episode includes words like “fuck”. Sorry, we couldn’t really avoid it. If that makes you cross, you may console yourself with the information that book titles which include swear words are more difficult to search for on Amazon. **** Also in this episode, we visit the delightful & welcoming Book House in Thame & owner Brian Pattinson. It’s a joyful place. The owner is from Newby. And he gave Paul a free book - the utterly wonderful The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. You should read it immediately & sigh & laugh. But mainly laugh. Also, order your copy from The Book House in Thame. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
20:30
March 24, 2020
37. Self help books (part 2) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (Swearing)
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former journalist & specialist practitioner of rational-emotive behaviour therapy. He used to growl a lot & immerse himself in Bingo. John Williams talks about the Ideas Lab & applying his self help skills to dating & relationships. (How well did that work out? Have a listen...) We’ll also be discussing he challenges of having a swear word in your book title - so this episode includes words like “fuck”. Sorry, we couldn’t really avoid it. If that makes you cross, you may console yourself with the information that book titles which include swear words are more difficult to search for on Amazon. **** Also in this episode, we visit the delightful & welcoming Book House in Thame & owner Brian Pattinson. It’s a joyful place. The owner is from Newby. And he gave Paul a free book - the utterly wonderful The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. You should read it immediately & sigh & laugh. But mainly laugh. Also, order your copy from The Book House in Thame. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:15
March 24, 2020
36. Self help books (part 3) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (Swearing)
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former journalist & specialist practitioner of rational-emotive behaviour therapy. He used to growl a lot & immerse himself in Bingo. John Williams talks about the Ideas Lab & applying his self help skills to dating & relationships. (How well did that work out? Have a listen...) We’ll also be discussing he challenges of having a swear word in your book title - so this episode includes words like “fuck”. Sorry, we couldn’t really avoid it. If that makes you cross, you may console yourself with the information that book titles which include swear words are more difficult to search for on Amazon. **** Also in this episode, we visit the delightful & welcoming Book House in Thame & owner Brian Pattinson. It’s a joyful place. The owner is from Newby. And he gave Paul a free book - the utterly wonderful The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. You should read it immediately & sigh & laugh. But mainly laugh. Also, order your copy from The Book House in Thame. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:21
March 24, 2020
35. Serena Patel (part 1), author of Anisha Accidental Detective, on writing for children. + Daunts
Part 1: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And the detective books she read as a child. And the inspirational British Asians she looked up to. And we also go behind the scenes of children’s book promotion with freelancer Fritha Lindqvist who helped Cressida Cowell train her dragon. Plus we visit the beautiful Daunts Bookshop on Marylebone High Street, London to meet bookseller Rose Cole & book lovers from the USA. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
17:06
March 11, 2020
34. Children’s author Serena Patel (part 2) on bullying, racism & inspirational mentors.
Part 2: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And the detective books she read as a child. And the inspirational British Asians she looked up to. And we also go behind the scenes of children’s book promotion with freelancer Fritha Lindqvist who helped Cressida Cowell train her dragon. Plus we visit the beautiful Daunts Bookshop on Marylebone High Street, London to meet bookseller Rose Cole & book lovers from the USA. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
21:16
March 11, 2020
33. Serena Patel (Part 3) writing for children, Fritha Lindqvist book promoter, Rose at Daunt Books
Part 3: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And the detective books she read as a child. And the inspirational British Asians she looked up to. And we also go behind the scenes of children’s book promotion with freelancer Fritha Lindqvist who helped Cressida Cowell train her dragon. Plus we visit the beautiful Daunts Bookshop on Marylebone High Street, London to meet bookseller Rose Cole & book lovers from the USA. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
22:17
March 11, 2020
32. Comics (part 1) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers, Dinner Ladies from Hell, Oink comic, Rugrats, Beavis and Butthead & many more. David shares his influences, heroes, secrets & top tips. We meet him inside the studio, crammed with books, comics, graphic novels, figurines & his drawing board, where he also served the innovative dishes that won him TV’s Come Dine With Me. You’re no doubt wondering if David has a favourite pencil? Deep not-at-all-stupid questions like that are finally answered. We also hear from the editor IN CHIEF of Tripwire magazine Joel Meadows. And we begin our series of bookshop visits - this time we celebrate the very small, cute & friendly Little Bookshop in Cookham. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
22:43
February 27, 2020
31. Comics (part 2) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers, Dinner Ladies from Hell, Oink comic, Rugrats, Beavis and Butthead & many more. David shares his influences, heroes, secrets & top tips. We meet him inside the studio, crammed with books, comics, graphic novels, figurines & his drawing board, where he also served the innovative dishes that won him TV’s Come Dine With Me. You’re no doubt wondering if David has a favourite pencil? Deep not-at-all-stupid questions like that are finally answered. We also hear from the editor IN CHIEF of Tripwire magazine Joel Meadows. And we begin our series of bookshop visits - this time we celebrate the very small, cute & friendly Little Bookshop in Cookham. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:13
February 27, 2020
30. Comics (part 3) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers, Dinner Ladies from Hell, Oink comic, Rugrats, Beavis and Butthead & many more. David shares his influences, heroes, secrets & top tips. We meet him inside the studio, crammed with books, comics, graphic novels, figurines & his drawing board, where he also served the innovative dishes that won him TV’s Come Dine With Me. You’re no doubt wondering if David has a favourite pencil? Deep not-at-all-stupid questions like that are finally answered. We also hear from the editor IN CHIEF of Tripwire magazine Joel Meadows. And we begin our series of bookshop visits - this time we celebrate the very small, cute & friendly Little Bookshop in Cookham. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:56
February 27, 2020
29. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 1) zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much of the rest of the public arts scene. He also laughs a lot. And welcomes fellow poets Vansh, Neil & Patrick to the podcast. Thanks also to everyone who suggested words & phrases for the poetry challenge. Some of them were soooo nastily awkward, you rotters! But Isi triumphs! We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
23:41
February 11, 2020
28. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 2) zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much of the rest of the public arts scene. He also laughs a lot. And welcomes fellow poets Vansh, Neil & Patrick to the podcast. Thanks also to everyone who suggested words & phrases for the poetry challenge. Some of them were soooo nastily awkward, you rotters! But Isi triumphs! We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:11
February 11, 2020
27. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 3) on zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much of the rest of the public arts scene. He also laughs a lot. And welcomes fellow poets Vansh, Neil & Patrick to the podcast. Thanks also to everyone who suggested words & phrases for the poetry challenge. Some of them were soooo nastily awkward, you rotters! But Isi triumphs! We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:12
February 11, 2020
26. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 1) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The Hipster; the Rule of Three podcast which analyses comedy; co-writer of Philomena Cunk and Radio 4's 'Addendum' and Viz comic and the Framley Examiner. And he’s also a musician with a wheen of albums under his belt. Gah! He does everything, the talented so-and-so. He even has branded Great Big Owl podcast company trays. Much harder for visitors to pocket than branded mugs. This episode is in 3 parts. If you start on part 1, it should flow seamlessly along for your listening delight. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
24:06
January 29, 2020
25. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 2) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The Hipster; the Rule of Three podcast which analyses comedy; co-writer of Philomena Cunk and Radio 4's 'Addendum' and Viz comic and the Framley Examiner. And he’s also a musician with a wheen of albums under his belt. Gah! He does everything, the talented so-and-so. He even has branded Great Big Owl podcast company trays. Much harder for visitors to pocket than branded mugs. This episode is in 3 parts. If you start on part 1, it should flow seamlessly along for your listening delight. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
19:21
January 29, 2020
24. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 3) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The Hipster; the Rule of Three podcast which analyses comedy; co-writer of Philomena Cunk and Radio 4's 'Addendum' and Viz comic and the Framley Examiner. And he’s also a musician with a wheen of albums under his belt. Gah! He does everything, the talented so-and-so. He even has branded Great Big Owl podcast company trays. Much harder for visitors to pocket than branded mugs. This episode is in 3 parts. If you start on part 1, it should flow seamlessly along for your listening delight. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
25:37
January 29, 2020
23. Thriller writer Peter May (Part 3 of 3) on being hired as a private detective by giant geckos
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long podcast. Please let us know if it’s easier/harder/no different/gecko. Peter May is the author of many award-winning thrillers, including the Lewis trilogy & his China series. He’s also been a journalist and written oodles of TV scripts. He’s sold millions of books and lives between southern France and Spain. We are NOT jealous! He’s been hired as a private detective by two giant geckos. No, really. Listen & learn! And he ran away with a band in his teens. In this podcast he talks about creating a sense of place in A Silent Death set in Spain & Gibraltar, weaving in humour & also about a character who has Usher Syndrome - ie is deaf/blind. (By the way, you can find out more about Usher Syndrome at the Sense charity website www.sense.org.uk ) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
18:20
January 15, 2020
22. Peter May (Part 2 of 3) on running away, a sense of place & A Silent Death
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long podcast. Please let us know if it’s easier/harder/no different/gecko. Peter May is the author of many award-winning thrillers, including the Lewis trilogy & his China series. He’s also been a journalist and written oodles of TV scripts. He’s sold millions of books and lives between southern France and Spain. We are NOT jealous! He’s been hired as a private detective by two giant geckos. No, really. Listen & learn! And he ran away with a band in his teens. In this podcast he talks about creating a sense of place in A Silent Death set in Spain & Gibraltar, weaving in humour & also about a character who has Usher Syndrome - ie is deaf/blind. (By the way, you can find out more about Usher Syndrome at the Sense charity website www.sense.org.uk ) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
21:45
January 15, 2020
21. Peter May (Part One) on creating a sense of place, giant Geckos & Usher Syndrome
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long podcast. Please let us know if it’s easier/harder/no different/gecko. Peter May is the author of many award-winning thrillers, including the Lewis trilogy & his China series. He’s also been a journalist and written oodles of TV scripts. He’s sold millions of books and lives between southern France and Spain. We are NOT jealous! He’s been hired as a private detective by two giant geckos. No, really. Listen & learn! And he ran away with a band in his teens. In this podcast he talks about creating a sense of place in A Silent Death set in Spain & Gibraltar, weaving in humour & also about a character who has Usher Syndrome - ie is deaf/blind. (By the way, you can find out more about Usher Syndrome at the Sense charity website www.sense.org.uk ) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
18:28
January 15, 2020
20. Cole Moreton on writing words & music for The Light Keeper, his novel & album.
Cole Moreton plays, sings, writes & talks about his new book & album The Light Keeper. The award-winning newspaper interviewer tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about how he combines fiction & music. We also hear from Cole about writing convincing (& let’s face it, hot) female characters, the landscapes of the English South Downs & Beachy Head, the heroic efforts of the Beachy Head Chaplains who help people in despair on the cliffs, Cole’s late night encounter with Scarlett Johansson, His terrifying brush with The Krays, meeting Nelson Mandela & his most inspiring & most annoying interviewees (one for Peter Mandelson fans - but into which category does he fall?). We also hear about the players, singers & writers of Cole’s band The Lightkeepers. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .
01:15:07
January 1, 2020
19. Alec Marsh & Eoin McNamee on writing the past for the present
Alec Marsh, author of Rule Britannia & the arriving someday Enemy of the Raj - and - Eoin McNamee, author of The Blue Tango & many others, talk to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing fiction set in the past which works for the present. Alec Marsh also edits Spears magazine for hugely rich people. Eoin McNamee is also the author of Resurrection Man, The Ultras, 12:33, Orchid Blue, Blue is the Night, The Navigator trilogy for children, the script for films I Want You & Resurrection Man. Phew! He’s busy. He lives in Sligo in the west of Ireland. And did we mention that his book The Blue Tango is one of presenter Paul’s favourites? We also discuss choosing names for characters, surveillance, claustrophobia, Buchanesque adventures, book blurbs that give too much away & the responsibility to real people & story on which authors base their stories. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
01:08:20
December 18, 2019
18. Asia MacKay & Brian McGilloway on borders & boundaries in fiction, life, people and countries.
Asia MacKay, the author of Killing It & The Nursery, featuring British state assassin & new mum Lex Tyler juggling her home & secret life, tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she guards & crosses the fictional & family boundaries in her writing life. And author Brian McGilloway talks about the role of the Irish border in his life & fiction, & the impact of Brexit on the development of his two series set either side of the border featuring Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin in Donegal & PSNI Detective Sergeant Lucy Black in Derry. Brian also talks about the influence of his home and school teaching life on his writing. His latest book The Last Crossing is out soon. We also dip into Diarmaid Ferriter’s history book, The Border, The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
01:16:38
December 5, 2019
17. Self-publishing, sex scenes & gay sci-fi with Jake O’Kelly & Andrew Chapman
Jake O’Kelly, the author of The Smell of Good Decisions (his love letter to his adopted hometown San Francisco), who is currently at Mozilla (Firefox) & used to be head of publicity for Amazon Publishing & Kindle Direct Publishing, chats with presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about self-publishing (including the money side of it), gay science fiction, the importance of beta readers & how to write non-cringey sex scenes. We also hear from Andrew Chapman, the author of The Accidental Scoundrel on his self-publishing journey from well-paid job to draughty caravan. We give you sex scenes live in the studio (wince!), hear how Jake dashed the hopes of the Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, go to Andrew’s molested fish & hear about the Stasi’s archive of smell. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
01:15:22
November 21, 2019
16. Censorship - with American thriller writer Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water & Shadow Man.
Alan Drew, the author of Gardens of Water (set in Istanbul during an earthquake) and Shadow Man (a California prowler murder thriller), chats with presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about censorship (he’s been a victim in Turkey), authors’ responsibility (if any) to foreign cultures they write about and how to cope with writer’s block. We also discuss the censorship of literature and journalism around the world, including some unexpected books that have been banned. Including one banned simply for being bad - badly written, that is. This episode is based on a chance meeting in No Alibis bookshop on Botanic Avenue in Belfast, N. Ireland. Yet another reason you - yes, you - should drop in there for a book, a chat and a cup of tea. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
55:42
November 7, 2019
15. The BBC’s Alison Finch on how to get your book on to Radio 4, 3 & the World Service.
Alison Finch is the book planning producer (aka “books bitch” says she) for an array of BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service programmes. Which ones? She reveals all to presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. And you, dear listener. So listen and find out. She’s the gatekeeper, the first filter for every book sent in by publishers, agents, publicists and writers. If you fail to impress her, then you’re out. So what does impress her? Which programmes like which sort of books? What do Alison and other show producers look for when considering which books and writers to give much coveted airtime to? Which are the best programmes to be featured on? How do they deal with awkward customers? What do they hate? This information is gold - and it’s all here for you to hear. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out once a fortnight on Wednesday evening on radio and on Thursday morning on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. 
58:11
October 23, 2019
14. Matt Wesolowski & Adrian McKinty on kidnapping thrillers.
Matt Wesolowski author of Changeling & Adrian McKinty author of The Chain - two innovative kidnapping stories - discuss plot twists, saving stories till the time is right, unconventional storytelling techniques and authenticity with Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out once a fortnight on Wednesday evening on radio and on Thursday morning on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmai