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Author Interviews and Podcasts: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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Ryan Turbridy interviews some of the best Irish authors and most people are familiar with his show on RTE Radio 1 (https://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_ryantubridy.xml), but today I wanted to bring you some really useful links for other radio shows and places to listen to author interviews. Ryan recently interviewed Lucy Foley about her new book The Hunting Party as well as Matt Haig on his book Notes of a Nervous Planet. You can see the full list of podcasts by clicking on the link.

The five links I’ve chosen to feature are a mixture of lengths. Whether you want to hear bestselling authors talk about their latest books, or listen to great interviews, there’s something for everyone.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/books – The Guardian Books Podcast is a weekly show that looks at the world of books, poetry, and great writing. It features in-depth interviews with top authors and investigates the thematic trends in contemporary writing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrsfl/episodes/downloads – BBC Radio 4’s Books and Authors podcast has two segments. Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In a Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/podcasts/ – The Penguin Podcast features conversations with some of their top authors and probes them on their writing process and where they get their ideas from.

https://player.fm/series/london-review-bookshop-podcasts-1520922 – The London Review Bookshop Podcasts features authors talking about and reading from their work. These events are recorded live, so you get to hear the authors engage in lively debates with audience members. This podcast is perfect for those who can’t make any of the bookshop events.

https://player.fm/series/simon-mayos-books-of-the-year – Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast features Simon and Matt Williams talking with some of the finest authors and discovering their secrets. The show also features some unpublished work and listener reviews.

I hope you enjoy these author interviews and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019 and is working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com.