Episode 202 – A Whisper on the Stairs (w/ Rocketship Forest)

Thom Hammersley, Rick Hartley and Ian Collins are Rocketship Forest, and describe themselves as a combination of punk, folk, metal, mariachi and electronica. The band is singer Thom’s second longest relationship and I talked to them all about their previous bands, their DIY approach to recording and releasing their music, and their move into putting on their…

Episode 201 Cake Flamenco/Jeff Goldblum (with Gillian Best & Helen McClory)

Hey, we’re back! The Paperchain Podcast returns for another ten episodes of talk with writers and artists, and brand new short stories, poems and songs. In this episode I talked with Gillian Best and Helen McClory about setting and identity in their novels, and their shared experiences of DIY promotion for their debut novels. Gillian…

Season One

The first series of the podcast is finished. Don’t worry – I’m hard at work getting everything planning and ready for a stellar second series, which will hopefully be coming out later on this year. For now though, here’s the complete first series featuring: Dominic Stevenson, Aliya Whiteley, Ella Chappell, Dave Hartley, Zelda Chappell, Abi…

Episode 10 – Panda Tragedy (with Alasdair Stuart)

“There’s a lot of authors out there and if you pay them right you will get all of them.” It’s the final episode of the first series of The Paperchain Podcast and we’ve got Escape Artist’s very own Alasdair Stuart on the show. He talks about his origins as a film critic in Yorkshire, through…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Episode 3 – Tank (w Ella Chappell)

Guys, we made it to the third episode of the podcast! It’s our OK Computer, or our Corrections or something. This episode, award winning poet Ella Chappell (Moonrise) discusses her work, the power of algorithms, Jeff Vandermeer, and finally reads a poem that will make America great again. You can stream the episode below, or…

Episode 2 – Saints (w Aliya Whiteley)

Here we go! Episode two is now available for everyone’s ears to endure. Novelist Aliya Whiteley (The Beauty, Arrival of Missives) is on the podcast talking historical research, fate, short stories, and when electricity first came to Somerset. She also reads a brand new short story inspired by the prompt set for her by our…