• Summary

  • Ali Millar and Penny Wincer are not too busy to write. Except of course, sometimes they’re too busy to write as much as they would like. Join Ali and Penny as they navigate the world of writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling the demands of motherhood, caring and other paid work, without losing themselves in the process. They’ll be discussing the challenges that often get in the way of sitting down to write, interviewing fellow authors and discussing their latest reads. They'll also be spurring each other on and reminding each other that they are not too busy to write. Ali Millar is the author of The Last Days (Ebury, 2022), a mother of 4, chair of many literary events and a Scot, newly relocated to London. She is currently working on a TV treatment, her next non-fiction proposal, and the last edits of The Last Days, which is out early 2022. Penny Wincer is the author of Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring (Hodder, June 2020), is a single parent to two kids, one of whom is disabled, occasional journalist, professional photographer and an Australian and long-term resident of London. She’s currently writing a proposal for book number 2 and working on her first novel.
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Episodes
  • Apr 20 2022
    Sophie Howarth has a varied and unique career spanning art, entrepreneurship, teaching, activism and writing. She has been Curator of Public Programs at Tate Modern, co-founded The School Of Life and Department Store for The Mind, has written several books on photography. Her latest book The Mindful Photographer is about slowing down and paying attention to what we see. Sophie is a big believer in the joy of being an amateur and the book is for anyone, regardless of equipment or expertise, to find a fresh way of paying attention in the world. We talk about 'beginning in the middle' - how in middle age, with our awareness of impermanence, we are somehow freed from constraints by being more aware of death. We also talk about the process of writing a photography book, of approaching the artists she wanted to use to illustrate the ideas in the book and the range of work including diversity of gender, race and genre. Our conversation spans so many areas - inspiration (and too much inspiration/input), work freedom, following joy and the idea of practise as a way of living. Links https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780500545539 (The Mindful Photographer - Sophie Howarth) https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780500289075 (Street Photography Now - Sophie Howarth) https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9780500544532 (Family Photography Now - Sophie Howarth) https://www.sophiehowarth.com/ (sophiehowarth.com)
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    40 mins
  • Apr 13 2022
    Sian Meades-Williams is the brains (and muscle) behind the hugely popular Freelance Writing Jobs newsletter and co-founder of the award winning lifestyle newsletter Tigers Are Better Looking (formerly Domestic Sluttery). In today's episode we discuss Sian's new book The Pyjama Myth: The Freelance Writer's Survival Guide - an indispensable guide for writers from pitching to getting paid. Sian is full of fantastic advice for earning a living from the craft of writing, including pitching. We also do a deep dive into newsletters and the freedom and joy they bring to her work. A must listen for anyone experiencing the highs and lows of freelance writing life. Links https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781800180963 (The Pyjama Myth - Sian Meades-Williams) https://mailchi.mp/69d207801f23/freelancewritingjobs (Freelance Writing Jobs Newsletter Sign up) https://www.tigersarebetterlooking.com/ (Tigers Are better looking Newsletter Sign Up) https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6990/9781788703567 (The Feminist Quiz Book - Sian Meades-Williams and Laura Brown) You can find Sian on Twitter https://twitter.com/SianySianySiany (@SianySianySiany) and https://www.sianmeadeswilliams.com/ (sianmeadeswilliams.com)
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    59 mins
  • Apr 6 2022
    In this episode Maggie Gee reads extracts from her stunning new novel, The Red Children (Saqi Books). Set in the near future against a backdrop of increased migration pressure, climate change and increasing isolation, The Red Children explores themes of far right extremism and the aftermath of virus. Ali talks to Maggie about the enduring power of fable. How characters with radically different personalities to ours can foster a deeper empathy, and how to write the non-human successfully.
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    44 mins

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