The Writing Life

By National Centre for Writing

We're a podcast for anyone who writes. Every week we talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more! The Writing Life is produced by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.

  1. 1.
    Substack, the creator economy & serialised storytelling with Elle Griffin
    1:08:38
  2. 2.
    Tommy Sissons on writing a prose polemic
    37:11
  3. 3.
    How to become a literary translator: deep dive
    59:09
  4. 4.
    Tsitsi Dangarembga on representation, feminism and Zimbabwean literature
    34:17
  5. 5.
    William Ryan's Guide to How to Write
    33:58
  6. 6.
    Jen Campbell on building your writer platform
    57:45
  7. 7.
    We pick our top episodes from lockdown
    18:39
  8. 8.
    J. Michael Straczynski on Becoming A Writer, Staying A Writer
    1:06:13
  1. 9.
    Jessie Greengrass on The High House
    46:52
  2. 10.
    Lynn Buckle on positive climate writing with Flo Reynolds
    45:19
  3. 11.
    Abir Mukherjee: Weather With You #3
    48:29
  4. 12.
    Derek Owusu: Weather With You #2
    40:57
  5. 13.
    Kerri ní Dochartaigh: Weather With You #1
    35:17
  6. 14.
    Valur Gunnarsson & Sarah Bower on writing alternate histories
    59:39
  7. 15.
    Liz Breslin & Tiffany Atkinson on discovering yourself through writing
    51:33
  8. 16.
    Polish writer Marcin Wilk talks to Joe Hedinger from The Book Hive
    1:44:34
  9. 17.
    Julian of Norwich & biscuits with Vahni Capildeo and Jeremy Noel-Tod
    55:08
  10. 18.
    Writing a short story collection with Jo Lloyd + Norfolk & Norwich Festival!
    46:51
  11. 19.
    Neill Cameron on writing for young comics readers, representation, The Phoenix & MEGA ROBO BROS
    59:55
  12. 20.
    Ambiguity & metaphor in The Last Good Man with Thomas McMullan
    1:12:41
  13. 21.
    Writing HADES with Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games
    1:14:25
  14. 22.
    Crowdfunded publishing with Tom Cox
    1:02:42
  15. 23.
    Writing about the slave who became Queen Victoria's goddaughter - with Anni Domingo
    45:14
  16. 24.
    Writing creative non-fiction with Sonia Faleiro
    1:16:42
  17. 25.
    Horatio Clare's journey through madness, mania & healing
    33:58
  18. 26.
    Theatre in translation with William Gregory & Sue Healy
    54:45
  19. 27.
    To Olivia - film adaptation with Stephen Michael Shearer & John Hay
    38:14
  20. 28.
    Styles of dialogue with Chris Beckett
    41:32
  21. 29.
    Writing a novel on a phone - with Jon Ransom
    32:57
  22. 30.
    Kate Worsley on the value of mentoring & the challenges of Covid-19
    35:02
  23. 31.
    Nicola Upson on why books are more vital than ever
    32:46
  24. 32.
    Owen Nicholls on his first novel & the Escalator scheme
    31:08
  25. 33.
    World building using narrative voice - with Abi Daré
    29:42
  26. 34.
    Characters in translation - with Thomas Heerma van Voss
    1:06:09
  27. 35.
    The Black Writers on Democracy Project
    38:39
  28. 36.
    Form & feeling with poet Will Harris
    39:05
  29. 37.
    The Artful Dickens, literary conjuror - with John Mullan
    48:06
  30. 38.
    Research, editing & planning novels with Stuart Turton
    51:44
  31. 39.
    Publishing with a small press - with Sally-Anne Lomas & Sam Ruddock
    27:02
  32. 40.
    Oyinkan Braithwaite on My Sister, The Serial Killer - Noirwich 2020
    1:15:31
  33. 41.
    What happens when Covid-19 cancels your book launch? - Richard Lambert returns!
    37:51
  34. 42.
    Writing narrative non-fiction with Kate Summerscale
    54:09
  35. 43.
    Agents, representation, childcare & moving out of London - with Emma Shercliff
    56:10
  36. 44.
    How to be an organised writer with Antony Johnston
    56:13
  37. 45.
    Kieron Gillen on world building in Eternals, Wicked+Divine, Star Wars
    1:00:09
  38. 46.
    Attica Locke on Power, Property And Prejudice
    1:02:54
  39. 47.
    Book Club:: RENDANG by Will Harris
    13:59
  40. 48.
    Noirwich 2020: Poirot Special with Sophie Hannah & Mark Aldridge
    1:06:08
  41. 49.
    Noirwich 2020: Anita Terpstra, virtual writer in residence
    29:29
  42. 50.
    Noirwich 2020: Paddy Richardson, virtual writer in residence
    29:22

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