Book Ends, Episode 5: Stella Newman

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers. I am thrilled to welcome Stella Newman as today’s guest.

Stella’s first novel, Pear Shaped, is a tale that will make you laugh, probably make you hungry as it’s filled with delicious descriptions of food (!), but it might also make you wince with recognition too if you’ve ever had your heart broken by someone who, in hindsight, really wasn’t worth it. Described as achingly funny, searingly honest, sharp and sweet….Pear Shaped is very much like the author herself.  And not only is the novel compulsive reading – I read it in one afternoon – but it’s also a bit of a foodie’s guide to London (and New York too) in disguise.  I blame this book entirely for introducing me to Compost Cookies.

You can listen to the podcast here:

Or you can download it in iTunes 

Or download the file separately to your computer.

UPDATE 9/12/12: You can listen to this episode via SoundCloud too as the above options aren’t working at the moment!

 

I hope you enjoy listening to our very abridged chat!  Thank you again to Stella for having me around for tea, cookies and eventually wine…and of course my wonderful audio producer Tom for turning our three hour conversation into a far more reasonable forty odd minutes.

If you’d like to know more about Stella and her work she keeps a number of blogs – one of which features her editor’s recipe for the best ever brownies.

Guests

Stella Newman
British writer

Publications mentioned

Pear Shaped by Stella Newman (Avon, Harper Collins)

Take Care of Yourself by Sophie Calle (Actes Sud)

Heartburn by Nora Ephron (Virago)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 
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What’s coming up….

There’s some exciting episodes lined up for the Book Ends podcast in the coming weeks. Just thought I’d give you a taster of what’s in store!

Next week, Stella Newman will be chatting to me about her debut novel, Pear Shaped, a story of love, heartbreak and delicious desserts.  Stella is not only a wonderful writer but she’s as passionate about food as I am and we had a great chat that covered everything from cookies to pasta, to Ottolenghi, and her great love, brownies.  Would you rather have an average brownie or no brownie at all? Stella will answer that question, and many more!

This week I have also had the privilege of speaking to Andrea Eames, author of two novels set in her native Zimbabwe, The Cry of The Go-Away Bird and The White Shadow; Isla Dewar, Scottish novelist who wrote Secrets of A Family Album, probably one of my favourite books of all time; and food writer Pippa Kendrick, whose first cookbook The Intolerant Gourmet hit the shelves this year and is truly one of the most beautiful and most accessible cookbooks about allergy and intolerance friendly cooking you will ever see.

I had such fun speaking to all of them and I know you’re going to love hearing what they have to say, so stay tuned each Wednesday to see who’s next.  Better yet, subscribe in iTunes so you don’t miss a thing 🙂

– PM

Book Ends, Episode 4: Nicola Doherty

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers. I am delighted to welcome Nicola Doherty as today’s guest.

photo of Nicola by Sean Gannon

Nicola’s debut novel The Out of Office Girl hit the shelves in Ireland and the UK this year.  The out of office girl is Alice who, at the beginning of the story, has hit a bit of a slump in terms of both career and relationships.  She isn’t getting anywhere in her job in publishing and she’s just been dumped via a text message.  But all that changes when her boss is taken ill and Alice gets sent on the work trip of a lifetime to a villa in Sicily to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But rather than living the plot of her favourite romantic movie, Alice needs to face some demons and find some confidence and gumption as the deadline for the celebrity book approaches and she battles to emerge with her dignity, and her job, in tact.

Nicola and I talked about the inspiration behind The Out of Office Girl, ghost writing and celebrity books, and the importance of incentive and support when writing a book.  She has lots of tips for first timers!

You can listen to the podcast here:

Or you can download it in iTunes 

Or download the file separately to your computer.

Many thanks to Nicola for her time in giving the interview, and also to the staff at Fleet River Bakery in London who graciously turned off the background music in their cafe for an hour while I recorded our chat 🙂

You can find out more about Nicola, the writing life and her next book at her blog.

Guests

Nicola Doherty
Irish writer

Publications mentioned

The Out of Office Girl by Nicola Doherty (Headline)

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Harper Collins)

The Ghost by Robert Harris (Arrow)

Ghosting: A Double Life by Jennie Erdal (Canongate)

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bloomsbury)

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle (Flame)

Sliding Doors (film) directed by Peter Howitt (Paramount)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

Book Ends, Episode 3: Ivy Alvarez

I am thrilled to welcome internationally renowned poet, and fellow Tasmanian, Ivy Alvarez to this episode of Book Ends.

Ivy is the author of Mortal, a collection of poetry published by Red Morning Press, and of several chapbooks published by The Private Press.  Her second collection is forthcoming from Seren Books.  In addition, she has been published in poetry journals and anthologies all over the world, including Best Australian Poems 2009, and makes regular appearances at international writing festivals.  Ivy has also curated many artistic events involving poetry, art and performance; and edited several anthologies herself.  She is a woman of many vast talents, and I’m also lucky to count her as a close friend.

Today’s episode is a unique combination of poetry and conversation as Ivy reads some of her work and shares her thoughts and experiences of her poetry career.  Regardless of which genre you work on, Ivy’s advice on getting noticed and getting your work out there applies to us all – “you only need one person to say yes.”

You can listen to the podcast here:

Or you can download it in iTunes 

Or download the file separately to your computer.

I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation and thank you again Ivy for being such a wonderful guest!

Guests

Ivy Alvarez
Filipino-Australian poet

Publications mentioned

Mortal by Ivy Alvarez (Red Morning Press)

A Slice of Cherry Pie edited by Ivy Alvarez (The Private Press)

what’s wrong by Ivy Alvarez (The Private Press)

The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter (Serpent’s Tail)

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Wordsworth Classics)

The Writers and Artist’s Yearbook (A&C Black)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

Charlotte Wood’s Seven Enviable Lines

I came across this wonderful piece from Australian writer Charlotte Wood and thought it was so fantastic I had to share it with you guys:

http://www.charlottewood.com.au/sevenlines.html

It’s from a speech Wood made at a writer’s festival last week in which she discusses seven contradictions and lessons about the writing life that she wished she had learned earlier in her career.

I could relate to every single one of them and, indeed, wish I had known about them earlier too. Some of them I’m still learning and getting my head around. Very illuminating and inspiring 🙂

Book Ends, Episode 2: Lisa Jewell

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers. I am delighted to welcome Sunday Times best selling author Lisa Jewell as today’s guest.

The author of 10 books, Lisa has had a prolific writing career since the late 1990s when redundancy, a bet with a friend, an admiration for Nick Hornby and “a vague flicker of interest” in writing all combined to set her on the path to becoming one of the most popular authors in the UK.

On today’s episode Lisa talks about her life as a established writer with a lot of inspiring and useful advice, such as:

  • What happens when you run out of ideas?
  • How do you learn to write a book without freaking out?
  • Minimising access to the Internet for maximum writing efficiency!

You can listen to the podcast here:

Or you can download it in iTunes 

Or download the file separately to your computer.

I hope you enjoy this episode and thank you again Lisa for such an inspiring conversation!

Guests

Lisa Jewell
British writer

Publications mentioned

Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell (Penguin)

Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell (Penguin)

After the Party by Lisa Jewell (Penguin)

Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell (Century, Random House)

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (Penguin)

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Black Swan)

The Writers and Artists Yearbook

Frida (film) directed by Julie Taymor

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

A short story over at Weekends Collected….

My friend Leonie curates an online gallery of words, pictures and ideas called Weekends Collected.  A distillation of days, each post is an artist’s attempt to “really notice things that have become familiar, to shine light on the exquisite ordinariness of lives”.

This weekend I’ve been honoured to have my short story “Miss Rickmansworth’s Sunday” included in the delicious menu of meditations on Weekends Collected.  I hope you like it!

And if you’d like to submit something too, I’d strongly encourage it 🙂

Happy Sunday! x