Series: The Writing Life

We’re a weekly podcast for anyone who writes. We talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We’ve featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more!Brought to you by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.

Elvira Dones on identity and translation in Sworn Virgin

Long overdue, we finally have this wonderful recording from the BCLT Summer School 2019, featuring Swiss-Albanian writer Elvira Dones, her translator Clarissa Botsford and publisher Stefan Tobler. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith, it’s a wide-ranging discussio…

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The Writing Life Trailer

Get a taste of what we do and meet hosts Simon Jones and Steph McKenna. We’re a weekly podcast for anyone who writes – find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and all good podcast apps.Produced by the National Centre for Writing in the UK.F…

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Sarah Perry on crafting characters

We are very excited to have Sarah Perry back on the podcast! Sarah talks to Chris Gribble about crafting characters and what it means when an author talks about their creations ‘coming to life’. This conversation was part of our Early Career Writers’ Res…

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Designing Your Plot – Nicola Upson returns!

Crime writer Nicola Upson returns to the pod to talk about designing a good plot. Nicola tells us how her process has adjusted over time and discusses the unique requirements of the crime genre. Nicola’s latest book is Sorry for the Dead, continuing her …

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Earning a writer’s trust – with translator Sarah Ardizzone

Sarah Ardizzone is a translator from the French with forty-something titles to her name. This week she joins us on the pod to discuss her career as a translator, the importance of forging a bond with writers and how translation techniques differ between …

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Eva Meijer and Animal Languages

Eva Meijer, writer and philosopher, joins Kate Griffin on the pod to discuss her work. Topics range from understanding animal languages to writing routines and redrafting.Meanwhile, Steph has been back to Dragon Hall as lockdown restrictions are eased …

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Book Club: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Join us for our summer Book Club! We’re reading Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, a crime thriller set in Texas. Flo Reynolds joins us on the pod today to excitedly introduce the book!Meanwhile, Steph and Simon are similarly excited about the Desmond…

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Simon & Steph Celebrate 100 Episodes

We’re 100 episodes old! To celebrate, Simon and Steph indulgently look back on The Writing Life show and pick out their favourite episodes, which turns out to be an almost impossible task.You’re not going to find a podcast anywhere else that combines V…

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Eimear McBride’s Method

This week Eimear McBride shares her writing method with advice on characters, how to finish a book and what makes someone a writer.Interview originally broadcast on YouTube in March as part of the Early Career Writers’ Resources. More info here: https:…

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Poetry In Lockdown – with Lewis Buxton of TOAST

Time for a burst of optimism and inspiration, courtesy of poet, producer and tutor Lewis Buxton. If lockdown is getting to you, have a listen to this week’s pod and hopefully you’ll feel a little brighter about the future.Lewis talks about TOAST, his r…

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