The Failing Writers Podcast
The Failing Writers Podcast
Failing Writers Dave Baird, Jon Rand and Tom Turner present a podcast for anyone who ever dreamed of becoming a writer...then went and put the kettle on.
S2: Here we go again!
S2 Ep8: Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man
This week we talk to Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man, and mostly cover all the same old subjects really. You know; stripper politics, Jim Davidson, Didcot Parkway and how to solve racism worldwide. (We also definitely don't give a plug to the release of the paperback verison of Chris Palling's A Very Nice Rejection Letter either). https://twitter.com/nelsabbey And if you want your very own copy of his wonderful book, to love and cherish and keep forever, you can... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Think-Like-White-Boulé-Whytelaw/dp/1786894343
1 hr 25 mins
S2 Ep7: Constrictive Criticism
So the time has come for Tom to get some honest feedback from Jon and Dave, as he bravely submits his silly little sales book for appraisal from his fellow podcast hosts. Take a listen to find out what they thought of it, what Tom thought of what they thought of it, and what they thought of what Tom thought of what they thought of it. And if you're brave enough to make it through to the end, there's a lovely little surprise for all you tree lovers out there......
1 hr 11 mins
S2 Ep6: Interview with Will Storr, author of The Science of Storytelling
We have a fantastic, illuminating and thought provoking chat with Will Storr this week. Delving into the human psyche and our fundamental core need for storytelling and narrative. Plus we continue to progress with our joint writing project for the season and Tom gets persuaded to share his work with Jon and Dave so they can offer "constructive criticism" next week. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Storr https://twitter.com/wstorr https://www.thescienceofstorytelling.com/
1 hr 18 mins
S2 Ep5: Talking Sitcomedydramas
In preparation for finally actually, maybe, starting to possibly begin to put pen to paper on our TV comedy pitch - this week we have a chat about our favourite (and less favourite) sitcoms and comedy dramas.
S2 Ep4: Emma Kennedy
This week we welcome author, comedy writer, performer (and all round massively talented) Emma Kennedy on to the podcast. We find out about her writing, she throws a few home truths our way and she gives us some good old fashioned advice as we start out on our Season 2 quest to write a sitcom comedy drama. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Kennedy https://twitter.com/EmmaKennedy https://www.waterstones.com/book/letters-from-brenda/emma-kennedy/9781529371970
1 hr 10 mins
S2 Ep3: Writing Competitions
In this episode we discuss writing competitions. And linked into that, we talk with a few people involved with The David Nobbs Memorial Trust - a bursary scheme that Dave entered recently (spoiler alert... he didn't win, but we speak to the person that did, Zoe Tomalin). We also have a delightful chat with trustee Margaret Cabourn-Smith, to find out more about the trust and its aims. David Nobbs Bursary Website: https://www.davidnobbsmemorialtrust.org.uk Writers HQ website - for writing competition listings: https://writershq.co.uk/writing-resources/writing-competitions-and-submission-opportunities/
S2 Ep2: An interview with Jeremy Dyson
We're honoured to have one of our favourite writers on the podcast this week - as we welcome Jeremy Dyson. He shares some fantastic tips and a fair few 24-carrat-knowledge-nuggets with us too. So, sit back... relax... and soak it all up. League of Gentlemen: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B00ET0LXIU/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s1 Funland: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Funland-William-Windom/dp/B07C45J6YK The Cranes That Build the Cranes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6738208-the-cranes-that-build-the-cranes Ramsey Campbell ghost stories: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/32463.Dark_Companions
1 hr 21 mins
S2 Ep1: We're back! Welcome to Season 2
Big ideas, rude t-shirt slogans, misplaced confidence and our infallible master-plan – The Failing Writers return for season 2 of their potentially award winning podcast.
S2: Here we go again!
So, we're back! And this time we're having a BIG idea. (Hopefully. At some point. Maybe. If we get round to it).
S1 Ep37: End of season spectacular (pt2)
Some people are on the podcast* - they think season one's all over... it is now!! *(those people would be Adrian Poynton, Caimh McDonnell, OMJ Ryan, Andy Stanton, Beth Chalmers and Simon Griffin - to whom we offer our thanks for dropping back in to have a catch up with us). Thank you to everyone who has listened to, supported and championed the podcast in our first season. We've had a great time putting it together and can't wait to bring you more thoroughly average chit-chat and moderately interesting happenings in March! Happy new year!! Music by Dano Songs (and Jon & Tom & Dave)
S1 Ep36: The End of Season SPECTACULAR (pt1)
The end is nigh. The first part of our two part End of Season Spectacular sees us catch up with some of the guests that have helped make The Failing Writers Podcast one of the best (and as yet, pretty much undiscovered) podcasts of the year in the whole wide world. We have a quick catch up with poet Kate Fox, novelist Chris Paling, comedian and author Rosie Wilby, fabulous flash fictioner Tim Craig, children's author Adam Bushnell and international spy Tim Glister. Music by Dano songs
S1 Ep35: The Failing Writer's Christmas Special Spectacular!
Wrap yourself in tinsel, stuff 12 pigs in blankets in your mouth and get yourself comfortable to listen to this festive treat. In this seasonal spectacular, we proudly present the Failing Writers Podcast Panto (ohhhh yes we do!) and also a journey back through our first season, via some of our favourite songs from the series, in our top ten silly little ditty countdown (with a mystery celebrity DJ presenter!) Enjoy... and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Music by Dano Songs (And Jon and Tom and Dave)
S1 Ep34: Sally Wainwright
Sally Wainwright OBE joins us on the show this week! What do you ask a multiple BAFTA award winning screenwriter with an impressive string of hit TV series to her name; like Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and At Home With The Braithwaites? Oh really? You’d have asked her that? OK… OK… So... nothing about her bus driving career and her favourite crisps? You sure? Music by Dano Songs
S1 Ep33: Our 250 word NYC midnight flash fiction challenge
Undaunted by our ignominious failure in the previous NYC midnight flash fiction competition, we once again put ourselves through the short story wringer and present our writing for all to see and to praise/laugh at/mock/experience as an epiphanical life changing moment (delete as appropriate). And as well as giving our honest, frank and uncompromising feedback on each other’s 250 word "masterpieces", we also wrap up our NaNoWriMo adventure and review some writing software while we’re at it. Find out more about NaNoWriMo here... https://nanowrimo.org/ Scrivener here... https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview And the HG Wells story that Jon blatantly ripped off is here... https://www.gutenberg.org/files/23218/23218-h/23218-h.htm Music by Dano songs
S1 Ep32: Lets' talk about using f*$%ing apostrophe's correctly with Simon Griffin
So, this week its' time to have a little chittertychat with Mr Simon Griffin, author of F*$%ing Apostrophes'. We talk about review's and how Simon pretty much almost became an author by accident! Enjoy's! Find Simon's lovely book here https://iconbooks.com/ib-title/fucking-apostrophes/ And, now Jon's little feature is finally off and running, you can find David Lucas' book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uprooted-Vietnamese-Familys-Journey-1935-1975-ebook/dp/B019DIW1DS Music by Dano songs
S1 Ep31: The greatest day of Jon's life - an interview with Andy Stanton
We're pretty lucky that Jon's writing hero responded to his somewhat serial killer-esque letter of invitation in the affirmative, rather than pursuing it further through legal channels. But all's well that ends well! We had a proper funty time with Andy, his chair and loads of really good insights into "the craft". (Fortunately we managed to keep Jon from embarrassing himself and letting it slip that he's actually got an Andy Stanton shrine in his downstairs loo... oh, and that he nearly called one of his kids Jammy Grammy Lammy F'Huppa F'Huppa Berlin Stereo Eo Eo Lebb C'Yepp Nermonica Le Straypek De Grespin De Crespin De Spespin De Vespin De Whoop De Loop De Brunkle Merry Christmas Lenoir). Find the wonderful world of Mr Gum here http://www.mrgum.co.uk/ See Jon's...um...not at all creepy letter to Andy here https://www.failingwriterspodcast.com/blog/why-jon-wanted-andy-stanton-on-the-show-so-bad/ Music by Dano songs
1 hr 14 mins
S1 Ep30: An interview with Tim Glister - author of "Red Corona"
We talk to Tim Glister, who is definitely not a spy. And he tells us about when he REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED at Cambridge Analytica, as well as the time he REDACTED. But what's probably most interesting is the REDACTED REDACTED and the REDACTED, with an ostrich feather umbrella. Find out more (or at least as much as one can for such a secretive character) here https://www.timglister.com/ And buy his fabulous new book right here https://bit.ly/30aJaY1 Music by Dano songs (and Jon)
S1 Ep29: Poetic Judgement (with the right honourable Kate Fox presiding)
We invite poet Kate Fox back on the podcast to critique our work and help us improve our poetry. Which Failing Writer will come out on top? Find out in this week's exiting episode. (That's not a typo. After listening to our poems, you'll be pretty keen to leave). Enjoy dearest listener, enjoy! If you're joining in with NANOWRIMO (or doing any writing at all) here's that handy little tool to stop you wasting time selecting character names. https://www.name-generator.org.uk/ Music by Dano Songs
S1 Ep28: And the winner is…
Congratulations to the winner of our Halloween Flash Fiction competition! What? You don’t know who that is? Well, sounds like you need to get your old flappy head trumpets round this episode doesn’t it? Enjoy! Music by Dano Songs
S1 Ep27: Children's Author Adam Bushnell
Crazy kids names, rejection, tortoises - that's what writing for children and inspiring them to develop a passion for reading and writing is all about. We catch up with children's author Adam Bushnell to find out a bit more about writing for kids, teaching teachers and... well, look, we're not just going to tell you everything that's in this episode, are we? You'll have to listen to it. http://www.adambushnell.co.uk/ https://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/ Tips for watching Jon perform Shakespeare - https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/fencing-with-glasses/ Diary of a bookseller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGFljyfORi8 Music by Dano Songs
1 hr 2 mins