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 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 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 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…