Rippling Pages: Interviews with Writers

Great writers making waves with the word, all in conversation on the Rippling Pages Podcast.

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Episodes listed below.

Series Two: Horizons

Episode 17: Emilio Friaia and Zoë Perry on Sevastopol

Episode 16: Charlie Baylis and Santa Lucía

Episode 15: Jo Scott-Coe and MASS

Episode 14: Jessie Greengrass and The High House

Episode 13: Jeff Chon and Hashtag Good Guy with a Gun

Episode 12: Khalisa Rae and Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat

Episode 11: Polly Barton and Fifty Sounds

Series One: Finding Room

Episode 10: Jacqueline Bishop on Jamaican Women Writers

Episode 9: Samatar Elmi on Portrait of Colossus

Episode 8: Katherine Lockton on Paper Doll

Episode 7: Neil Griffiths on Trauma

Episode 6: Olja Knežević and Catherine the Great and the Small

Episode 5: Jen Calleja on Time and Goblins

Episode 4: Katharina Volckmer and The Appointment

‘It felt liberating to find that voice and put it on paper…Some restrictions can be creative.’


The below episodes are a series of pilot episodes from summer 2020. Started as a response to literary events migrating online, I launched an ‘Interviews with Writers’ series to promote and discuss great writing.

For a flavour of the Rippling Pages Podcast, these are a great way to start.

Episode 3: Katherine Horrex and the ‘Rooms’ of Poetry

‘I do believe that we’re all travellers of a fashion. For the poetic process I personally need a sense of freedom in order to write, and I like to feel free’

Katherine Horrex’s debut collection is published by Carcanet. Her poems have been featured in journals such as the Manchester Review, PN Review, and the TLS.

We talk about how ‘Growlery’, a term taken from Charles Dickens’s Bleak House came to represent a space for Katherine in which she could write her poems.

Then, as her poems weave through contemporary Britain, Katherine talks about the challenges of writing – or not writing – about Brexit, before discussing how she reflects on place as a ‘psychogeographical’ concept.

Episode 2: Thomas Chadwick and the ‘byproducts’ of writing

Things don’t always turn out how you intended them to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Thomas Chadwick discusses his approaches to creating his first collection of short stories, Above the Fat (Splice: 2019).

Thomas’s stories have been shortlisted for prizes such as the Galley Beggar and the White Review short story prize. Above the Fat was also selected by the Republic of Consciousness Prize as it’s Book of the Month selection for April 2019.

His writing has been described as having wit and a capacity for understatement that can also instil a feeling of devastation.

We talked about the ‘byproducts’ of people’s lives, but how this idea lends itself to Thomas’s writing process. We also talked about the what we ‘inherit’ and the idea of hauntings as a less than spooky concept.

Thomas also reads from ‘Birch’, a story in Above the Fat.

Listen to the second episode with Thomas Chadwick as he discusses Above the Fat (Splice)

Episode 1: Gaia Holmes and writing about resistance

‘I didn’t feel like I was living my own life. I was in the world of Newbury and trees.’

Gaia Holmes talks about her story, ‘198 Method of NVDA’, which features in Comma Press’s Resist Anthology.

She, along with other writers, writes about significant moments of protests in British history and each story is accompanied with an essay by a historian. Gaia chose to focus on the Newbury bypass protests of 1996.

We also discussed her poetry and, in particular, work from her most recent collection, Where the Road Runs Out, also published by Comma. Grief, the environment, and the art of Gaia’s craft were all discussed in the interview featuring readings of both her story and poetry.

Listen to the first episode here

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