Book Ends, Episode 9: Adrian Teal

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers. This episode is a rather momentous one…..not only is the guest the first cartoonist on the show…..but he’s also the first bloke on the programme too!

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Adrian Teal

In this episode, I am in conversation with cartoonist Adrian Teal, author of The Gin Lane Gazette, which was a successful crowd-funded project for independent publisher Unbound.  It was printed in hardback for supporters of the project at the end of 2012 and the trade edition has just been launched in UK book stores this week.

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Ade has been drawing caricatures for as long as he can remember and learned the craft in the workshop of Spitting Image, a satirical puppet show shown on television from 1984 to 1996.  Always interested in the eighteenth-century thanks to an early obsession with the film The Bounty and mutineer Fletcher Christian, Ade worked as a political cartoonist for newspapers and then for historical publications until he came up with the idea for a fictional Georgian tabloid using real life events and figures.  The result is the very funny and clever Gin Lane Gazette, which Ade describes as “an eighteenth-century version of Heat magazine” full of eccentric larger-than-life personalities, scandal and gossip….and all of them are true stories.

“You can stick a pin anywhere you like in the eighteenth-century and you will find wonderful, engrossing, weird, scandalous, sexy stuff…it’s everywhere.” – Adrian Teal in this interview

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“Of The Earl of Sandwich, attack’d by Mr John Wilkes’s Baboon”

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“An Account of Mr. George Hanger’s Abandonment by his Gypsy Wife”

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“The Unassuageable Gluttony of Mr. Handel Reveal’d”

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“Of Her Majesty The Queen’s Curious Christmas-Tree”

You can hear all of the above hilarious true tales in the podcast!

On the road to publication, Ade’s brilliant book hit a few roadblocks when he approached mainstream publishers – he was told his idea was too risky and quirky for their lists – but his answer eventually came in the form of crowd-funding his book with independent publishing company Unbound.

“Crowd-funding and subscription publishing is actually a very eighteenth-century concept,” Ade explains.  “Authors would get enough  people to order advance copies of their book and once they had enough, the book got printed.  Unbound is now doing the same thing for the internet-age.”

As with all Unbound projects, Gin Lane Gazette supporters were able to choose from varying levels of pledges – £20 got you a first-edition hardback copy of the book, £85 got you a signed copy of the book and your likeness appearing in its pages.  In fact, I spotted a few familiar faces!  It’s a great way of bringing readers and authors together and getting readers more involved in the publication process where they can make a visible and meaningful contribution to a book they really want to see in print.

In this interview, in addition to sharing the journey of The Gin Lane Gazette, Ade shares some advice and tricks of the trade for budding caricaturists (he uses and recommends Edding 1800 Profipens) and the typical working day of a cartoonist.

And will there be a Gin Lane Gazette II?  Listen to the interview to find out!

You can listen to the podcast here:

Or you can download it in iTunes 

Or download the file separately to your computer.

Ade also has some upcoming Gin Lane Gazette appearances so if you’re keen to meet him and hear more about eighteenth-century scandals and oddities, you can catch him at one of the following:

9 April 2013 at Danson House, Bexleyheath, Kent

15 April 2013 at Benjamin Franklin House, London (free event)

Many thanks to Ade for giving up an afternoon to chat with me and also to the staff at the Cowper and Newton Museum in the charming village of Olney, Buckinghamshire, who kindly let us record the interview on location.  Being the home of eighteenth-century poet William Cowper it was most fortuitous and appropriate!

Guests

Adrian Teal
British cartoonist, writer and eighteenth-century enthusiast

Publications mentioned

The Gin Lane Gazette by Adrian Teal (Unbound)

The Age of Scandal by T.H White (Penguin)

The Bounty (film) (1984) directed by Roger Donaldson (Scanbox Entertainment)

The QI Annual 2009 (Ade did the front cover of this issue)

The Big Story (short film) (1994) by David Stoten and Tim Watts

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 
Music
Concerto grosso Op.3 No.6 in D Major 1.Vivace 2. Allegro and
Concerto grosso Op.6 No.6 in G Minor 3. Musette(Larghetto) 4. Allegro  both by Georg Friedrich Handel
All images from The Gin Lane Gazette are copyright Adrian Teal and used with permission.
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Book Ends, Episode 8: Pippa Kendrick

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers.  This episode may be the most delicious yet….it’s all about cookbooks and food writing.  If you’ve ever wanted to write a cookbook you won’t want to miss this!

In this episode, I am in conversation with cook and food writer Pippa Kendrick, author of The Intolerant Gourmet, which was named as one of The Times Top 40 Cookbooks of The Year in 2012.

The Intolerant Gourmet

After becoming seriously ill in her early twenties with complications from undiagnosed food allergies, passionate food lover Pippa began to look for ways she could adjust to her new way of life without compromising her enjoyment of food and eating.  Always a keen writer, Pippa began a food blog, also called The Intolerant Gourmet, as she explored this new terrain of allergy-friendly cooking and discovered there were many like her, daunted by what seemed to be a bland, unpalatable and unexciting but necessary way to eat.  Pippa’s zest and passion changed all that!

Pippa Kendrick

Pippa Kendrick (photo courtesy of theintolerantgourmet.com)

Pippa’s revolutionary and deservedly popular approach to indulgent, exciting and sumptuous allergy-friendly cooking has won her many fans and resulted in her first cookbook, The Intolerant Gourmet, being published last year.

In this episode, Pippa shares the journey of The Intolerant Gourmet with me, from the proposal and agent-hunting stage, through to production and finally publication.  She also shares her writing (and cooking!) routine.  There are many wonderful nuggets of inspiration in this conversation but I found this one particularly memorable:

“(Book publishing) is such a tough competitive market….if you don’t know your own potential  it will be harder for other people to see it.  Do yourself a favour and make yourself as marketable as possible.  Remember they (agents and publishers) won’t read your submission twice!”

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 Pippa for her time in giving the interview, and do go and check out her website for more delicious recipe inspiration, including her favourite, Bakewell Tart!

“A great book tells you something you already knew but that you hadn’t said out loud.” – Pippa Kendrick, in this interview

Guests

Pippa Kendrick
British cook and food writer

Publications mentioned

The Intolerant Gourmet by Pippa Kendrick (Collins)

Full of Flavour: Create…How To Think Like A Chef by Maria Elia (Kyle Books)

Alice’s Cookbook by Alice Hart (Quadrille Publishing)

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press)

Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg (Vintage)

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James (Arrow)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

Once a month

Hello there!

I’m just about to publish the latest Book Ends interview….you may have noticed that the original schedule of every Wednesday hasn’t been happening since Christmas!  Mostly because my work (of the paid variety) has got extremely busy  and things have just had to be less frequent on here.  I’m still figuring out how to best keep this podcast live and kicking and for now I think having one top-notch, chock-full-of-goodness interview a month is the way to go.  So do bear me with while I fine tune this new schedule.  I appreciate your support and interest very much.

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy March’s interview 🙂

Book Ends, Episode 7: Isla Dewar

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers, and the FIRST episode for 2013.  The break has been lovely but now it’s time to get back to the writing, and the talking about writing!

In this episode, I am in conversation with Scottish novelist, Isla Dewar, author of 16 novels, one of which is one of my most favourite books of all time.

Isla Dewar

Isla started her working life as a journalist but found she was drawn more to fiction than facts.  Her first novel was published when she was 40 and she’s gone on to enjoy a rather prolific career as a novelist and fiction writer.

Isla even wrote the screenplay when one of her books, Women Talking Dirty, was made into a film.  She talks to me about this process, as well as giving her tips for those who want to follow in her footsteps!

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 Isla for her time in giving the interview.  I hope you find it as illuminating as I did.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like a good cup of coffee now 🙂

“You must master the vices.  You know that if a thing is worth doing it’s worth doing well.  If, however, a thing is not worth doing then it’s worth doing fabulously, amazingly, with grace, style and panache.” – Isla Dewar, from Women Talking Dirty

Guests

Isla Dewar
Scottish writer

Publications mentioned

Izzy’s War by Isla Dewar (Ebury Press)

Secrets of a Family Album by Isla Dewar (Headline Review)

The Consequences of Marriage by Isla Dewar (Headline Review)

Women Talking Dirty by Isla Dewar (Headline Review) (and the film of the same name)

Keeping up with Magda by Isla Dewar (Headline Review)

Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (Fourth Estate)

Unless by Carol Shields (Fourth Estate)

Girls Night In II (anthology) edited by Jessica Adams, Chris Manby and Fiona Walker (Penguin Books Australia, now out of print)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

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Happy new year, writers and book lovers!

Sorry for the radio silence here – we had some technical hiccups just before Christmas which delayed things.  We’ve got some fab episodes coming up for you, I’m just waiting for the Audio Specialist to weave his magic over them (hint hint Tom!)

I don’t know about you but I have started this year with renewed zeal and enthusiasm and have been far more productive as a result.  I think 2013 should be an interesting year.

Thank you for your patience, the next few episodes WILL be available very soon!  In the meantime, here’s some fab links and favourite things to share with you to make the wait a little more interesting.

* Novelist Miranda Dickinson is running a Future Stars Mentoring programme where five talented writers will be taken under Dickinson’s Sunday-Times best-selling wing for a whole year to hone their craft, grow their confidence and get themselves in the best possible place to give their writing dream a red hot go.  I’m thinking of applying myself 😉

Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old this year.  The Guardian invited several writers to give new insights into the various characters of this much-loved book.

* The featured guest of Book Ends Episode 4, Nicola Doherty, has been shortlisted in the Romantic Comedy category for the 2013 Romantic Novel Awards.  Congratulations Nicola! Hear all about Nicola’s experience of writing her novel, The Out of Office Girl, and her advice for aspiring writers here.

* Another Book Ends guest, Lisa Jewell, writes about the agony and ecstasy of reading Amazon reviews of your own books…and why you probably shouldn’t respond to them.  Funny and brutally honest.

* If you haven’t read Marian Keyes’ Under the Duvet, then you must.  The first chapter, “Paperback Writher”, felt it like it was written just for me.

* The snow has been melted by the (torrential) rain, but I’m still in need of winter warming, so this chickpea and carrot tagine is going to be on the menu this week.  Pippa Kendrick is featured in an upcoming episode of Book Ends so stay tuned for all her tips on writing your first cookbook!

* One of my favourite writers, Gemma Burgess, wrote a rather brilliant new author survival guide and it’s too good not to share.

* Do you listen to music while you write?  Canadian songbird Colleen Brown‘s second album Foot in Heart was on repeat while I was writing the last few chapters of my novel.  I absolutely adore her music.



She’s got a crowd-funding campaign going for her latest album, Major Love, and I cannot WAIT to hear it.  I love crowd-funded projects, it’s such a great opportunity to support artists we love and to get personally invested in the creation of the work. Go and check Colleen’s music out, you’ll be so glad you did!

Stay tuned for the first episode of Book Ends for 2013, available VERY soon.  Stay well, friends.

Book Ends, Episode 6: Andrea Eames

Welcome to another episode of Book Ends, the podcast for writers and book lovers. I am delighted to welcome Andrea Eames as this week’s guest.

Andrea Eames is a Zimbabwean writer now living in the USA who has a most impressive writing CV at only 27 years old.  She has published two novels, The Cry of The Go-Away Bird and The White Shadow, the latter of which was short-listed for this year’s prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize.

Narrated by a young boy who struggles to protect his mysterious and gifted younger sister, The White Shadow is a compelling and utterly absorbing read set against the backdrop of the Zimbabwean War of Liberation in the 1970s.

I so enjoyed speaking with Andrea about her work.  She had a lot of inspiring things to say about the writing process, particularly when your work involves somewhat complex and loaded topics.  I was certainly in awe of her very disciplined daily working routine, it’s something I can only aspire to!

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 Andrea for her time in giving the interview.  I’m sure we’re going to continue to see amazing things from her!

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

Guests

Andrea Eames
Zimbabwean writer

Publications mentioned

The White Shadow by Andrea Eames (Harvill Secker)

The Cry of The Go-Away Bird by Andrea Eames (Harvill Secker)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Harper Perennial)

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Harper Perennial)

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Blue Door)

Credits

Presenter
Philippa Moore
Producer
Tom Schoon 

An interruption to your service…..

Sorry folks but, due to some technical difficulties, this week’s episode of Book Ends will be slightly delayed.  We’re working on the issue and hopefully Episode 6 will be available by tomorrow.  Thanks so much for your patience 🙂

– PM