I have always had a love of books but until I started my Creative Writing degree, I just read. I read the words on the page, allowing the story to lay out in my mind without really thinking about why the writer was writing that way and what they were trying to achieve by taking the story in a certain direction.
During my first year of the degree, one of the assignments was to read as a writer. This changed the way I read books from then on. Looking over the words on the page and assessing why they were used and what they created has enriched my reading experience and also made it a learning curve too. Each book has new lessons to teach in the art of writing beautiful and compelling prose.
Podcasts are another great way of learning from writers and finding new books in every genre you can imagine. I have been an avid podcast listener for the past year and would love to share with you some of my favourite book related podcasts for you to explore.
The Books on the Nightstand podcast has to be my favourite book related podcast. Not only does it talk about new books in both fiction and non-fiction, it shares an audio book recommendation each week too. The presenters both work in the publishing industry, something you can tell when listening to their conversations. Th conversation format of this podcast works really well and it feels like you are listening in to two friends chatting on the phone.
Books and Authors
Radio 4 has some great programs on its airwaves but since my car aerial broke off when we went through the car wash last month, I have to either listen to them on the iPlayer or download them as podcasts. The Books and Authors podcast is another great all-rounder sharing book recommendations, author interviews and news from the industry. The feed incorporates both Open Book and A Good Read, the latter being two guests and the presenter, Harriet Gilbert choosing books that they all read and share their opinions on. This is a great way to find older books to read.
The Guardian Books Podcast
Similar to Books and Authors, The Guardian Books podcast is another British podcast that shares author interviews, readings and discussions, usually featuring some of the live session The Guardian run throughout the year. They also occasionally have a theme running through a month’s worth of episodes, recently they ran a nature theme which was really interesting sharing poems and short stories all set in woodlands.
Do you have any favourite podcasts, I’m always on the look out for new ones?