Previously On…

Welcome to The Paperchain Podcast! What is The Paperchain Podcast, you ask? It’s a podcast hosted by me, Daniel Carpenter. I’m a writer, book reviewer, and Mancunian living in London. The Paperchain Podcast will be a 10 episode series airing in Spring 2016. Each episode will feature an interview with an author or poet about their…

Episode 9 – Day Job (with Fat Roland)

“I’m basically like a human pile of bin bags.” It’s the penultimate episode of the series! To celebrate, Fat Roland met me in Hackney the morning after Bad Language ran a literature stage for Mirrors Festival. He talked to me about the true meaning of Christmas, the anxieties of a live literature promoter, winning the…

Fat Roland

Fat Roland is a short story writer, blogger, podcaster and performer who mixes loose narrative with “superb audience interaction” and “excellent improvisation” (Broadway Baby). He is the current champion of Literary Death Match Manchester and he co-runs Bad Language (voted the UK’s best spoken word night two years in a row just to annoy its previous…

Episode 8 – The Coast (w/ Tom Hyatt)

“It’s like the song is passing underneath and you stamp down and make an impression in the vinyl with it.” A few months ago I made my way over to the banks of the Thames to chat to Tom Hyatt. Tom’s a folk musician, which marks a first for the podcast. He talks about why…

Tom Hyatt

Tom Hyatt is a unique and stand-out artist on the London live circuit. His clarion voice delivers dynamic and forthright songs, faithfully distilling the singer/songwriter to its most compelling roots. Working solo, Hyatt’s varied songs are performed behind a propulsive, percussive guitar or a fluid, contemplative piano. When joined by choice collaborators, the sound expands to take on…

Episode 7 – Persuasion (w/ Gary Budden)

“I wanted landscape punk, not nature writing” Gary Budden met me in a pub near Old Street for Episode 7. He’s the co-director of Influx Press, and an editor for Unsung Stories. Amongst many things we talk about the saviour of genre fiction awards Chuck Tingle, psychogeography, Hookland, and non-places in the city. Gary also…

Gary Budden

Gary Budden is the co-director of Influx Press and editor at Unsung Stories. His work has appeared in Black Static, Structo, Elsewhere, Unthology, The Lonely Crowd, Gorse, Galley Beggar Press and many more. Follow him on Twitter: @gary_budden Gary Budden will appear on Episode 7 of the podcast, available to download and stream on 27th…

Episode 6 – Migrations (w/ Abi Hynes)

It’s the sixth episode of The Paperchain Podcast, and we move out of the studio to a very strange hotel that hates breakfast to chat with Abi Hynes, a Manchester based poet, writer, and playwright. We chat about how to know when something is a play, or a story; working with actors; and Abi’s terrible…

Abi Hynes

Abi Hynes is a drama, fiction and poetry writer based in Manchester. Her work has been published in a variety of places including Litro, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, The Fable Online and Foxhole Magazine. She also runs cabaret collective First Draft and theatre company Faro Productions. Her plays have been performed at Brighton Fringe Festival, 24:7 Theatre…

Episode 5 – A Moveable Feat (w Zelda Chappel)

The halfway point of the first series of The Paperchain Podcast is here, and it looks like Zelda Chappel. Zelda comes on the show to talk about her poetry collection The Girl in the Dog Tooth Coat, her own organisation Elbow Room, and writing with no filter. She also reads a brand new poem based…

Zelda Chappel

Zelda Chappel is a poet, editor and artist. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, both online and in print. Her debut collection, The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, was published by Bare Fiction in July 2015. She is the co-curator and editor of the multi-arts journal Elbow Room and independent micro-publisher As Yet Untitled,…

Episode 4 – That’s What She Said (w David Hartley)

Episode four needs a short apology from me – as with Aliya Whiteley’s episode, we recorded this one over Skype, and the sound quality isn’t great. However, that doesn’t stop David Hartley from being an excellent guest. He talks writing for performance, exploding supermarkets, and collaborating with his brother on spoken word & music. Then…

David Hartley

David Hartley is a short story writer and performer from Manchester. His latest collection Spiderseed (Sleepy House Press) was the Runner-up at the 2016 Saboteur Awards for the Best Short Story Collection category. He writes disturbing and unhinged stories about nature, myth, humanity and Derek Acorah’s ghost, among other things. He runs a spoken word…