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Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Location:

London, United Kingdom

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Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

Twitter:

@monocle24

Language:

English


Episodes

Afonso Cruz

2/28/2021
Afonso Cruz has written more than 30 books, plays, young-adult novellas, essays and novels, including ‘Kokoschka’s Doll’, which won the EU Prize for Literature. His subsequent books have also found success: ‘Jesus Christ Drank Beer’ was Time Out Lisbon’s best Portuguese novel of the year; ‘Where do Umbrellas End Up’ won the 2014 Portuguese Society for Authors award. Cruz is also a columnist, illustrator, animated-film director and member of the band The Soaked Lamb.

Duration:00:29:49

Monocle Reads: Bonnie Kemske

2/25/2021
Bonnie Kemske is an artist, writer and former editor of ‘Ceramic Review’. Born in Okinawa but raised in the US, she studied the Zen Buddhist artform of Chanoyu in Japan before undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, becoming a ceramicist and researcher. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, ‘Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend’, which explores the unique tradition of repairing pottery with a visible, often gold-leaf-covered join.

Duration:00:15:22

Richard Fidler

2/21/2021
Georgina Godwin speaks to celebrated Australian writer and broadcaster Richard Fidler, best known for presenting ‘Conversations’ on ABC Radio, which is one of the most popular podcasts in the country. Having also forged a successful writing career, Fiddler’s latest book, ‘The Golden Maze’, is about the fascinating history of Prague.

Duration:00:30:00

Monocle Reads: Caleb Azumah Nelson

2/18/2021
Caleb Azumah Nelson is a writer and photographer from southeast London. He has been published in literary magazines such as ‘Litro’ and ‘Granta’, and was named by ‘The Observer’ as one of the 10 best debut novelists of the year. He was also shortlisted for the 2020 BBC National Short Story Prize. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his eagerly anticipated debut ‘Open Water’.

Duration:00:14:56

Florence de Changy

2/14/2021
Florence de Changy’s recently released book ‘The Disappearing Act’ charts the disappearance of flight MH370, which took off from Kuala Lumpur heading for Beijing on 8 March, 2014, and was never, apparently, seen again. The French journalist spent seven years investigating this story and compiling a wealth of evidence to support her theory of what actually happened that day.

Duration:00:29:40

Monocle Reads: Eliot Higgins

2/11/2021
Eliot Higgins is the founder of investigative journalism website Bellingcat. Founded in 2014, Bellingcat has revealed crucial details in stories including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, chemical weapons in Syria and the Skripal poisonings. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his new book ‘We are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People’.

Duration:00:24:52

Francis Spufford

2/7/2021
Georgina Godwin speaks to Francis Spufford, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and professor at Goldsmiths University. At the beginning of his career, he specialised in non-fiction, writing five highly acclaimed books that saw him long- and shortlisted for prizes in scientific, historical, political and theological writing. He then made the shift towards fiction in 2010, with the highly acclaimed ‘Golden Hill’. Over the course of his writing career, he has won the Costa First Novel...

Duration:00:30:06

Monocle Reads: Lipika Pelham

2/4/2021
Lipika Pelham is a British-Bengali journalist and author, who worked for a number of years for the BBC World Service in London before moving to Jerusalem. Continuing her work for BBC radio there, she also made the award-winning documentary ‘Deadly Honour’. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book ‘Passing: An Alternative History of Identity’.

Duration:00:14:30

Huck and Richard Scarry

1/31/2021
The late Richard Scarry was one of the world’s most prolific children’s authors and illustrators. He published more than 300 books, selling more than 100 million copies across various languages. Georgina Godwin speaks to his son, Huck, who is also an author and illustrator, about continuing his father’s work.

Duration:00:30:00

Monocle Reads: Nicholas Fox Weber

1/28/2021
Nicholas Fox Weber is a cultural historian and executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is the author of several books about the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book, ‘Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal’, which details the life and work of the couple who were among the most important abstract artists of the 20th century.

Duration:00:13:46

Alexandra Heminsley

1/24/2021
Writer and bestselling author Alexandra Heminsley began her career in publishing before moving into journalism in 2004 and going on to become books editor at ‘Elle’. Her latest book, ‘Some Body To Love’ is an honest and thoughtful memoir that touches on difficult contemporary topics.

Duration:00:32:37

Monocle Reads: Lyndsey Stonebridge

1/21/2021
Lyndsey Stonebridge is a writer and professor of humanities and human rights at the University of Birmingham. A prolific author, her writing has earned her a number of accolades, including the Modernist Studies Association book prize. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her latest book, ‘Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights’.

Duration:00:13:09

Tim Sainsbury

1/17/2021
Tim Sainsbury was responsible for the development and strategy of Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s largest supermarkets. Aside from an illustrious initial career in retail, he is perhaps best known for being a Conservative politician. Over a political career that lasted more than 20 years, he had spells as minister of state for trade and minister for industry. An avid art collector in his spare time, his book, ‘Among the Supporting Cast’, details his fascinating and varied life.

Duration:00:30:00

Monocle Reads: Cory Doctorow

1/14/2021
Cory Doctorow is a journalist, activist and science fiction author. His output has ranged across short stories, novels and graphic novels, including multiple ‘New York Times’ best sellers. He is also a passionate copyright law and intellectual property activist. He speaks to Georgina Godwin about his latest novel ‘Attack Surface’, a stand-alone title set in the world of his previous books, ‘Little Brother’ and ‘Homeland’.

Duration:00:21:57

Chris Atkins and Lottie Moggach

1/10/2021
Chris Atkins was jailed for tax fraud and has written an eye-opening book about the experience, ‘A Bit of a Stretch’. His former partner Lottie Moggach also uses memories of the time to inform her novel ‘Brixton Hill’. Georgina Godwin speaks to them together to find out more about the experience and the resulting books.

Duration:00:27:53

Monocle Reads: Mia Levitin

1/7/2021
Mia Levitin is a cultural and literary critic who has written for publications from the ‘Financial Times’ to ‘The Guardian’. She speaks to Georgina Godwin about her book ‘The Future of Seduction’, which details the ever-changing world of sex, dating and relationships in the digital era. The book is one of five essays in the Futures series.

Duration:00:18:42

The writers we met in 2020. Part 2: Dustin Lance Black, Isabel Allende, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Robert Reich

1/3/2021
On this best of ‘Meet The Writers’, we bring you highlights from conversations with Academy award-winner and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black, Chilean author Isabel Allende, best-selling Nigerian-UK novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite and US presidential adviser Robert Reich.

Duration:00:30:00

The writers we met in 2020. Part 1: The Booker prize

12/27/2020
We revisit our interview with this year’s Booker prize-winner Douglas Stuart, and hear from shortlisted authors Maaza Mengiste, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Brandon Taylor.

Duration:00:28:28

Andrey Kurkov

12/20/2020
Andrey Kurkov, a former prison warden turned journalist, is now one of Ukraine’s most successful literary exports. He has numerous novels and screenplays to his name, including the bestselling ‘Death and the Penguin’. His latest book, ‘Grey Bees’, details the turmoils in Ukraine as viewed by a mild-mannered beekeeper.

Duration:00:28:56

Monocle Reads: Nanjala Nyabola

12/17/2020
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, political analyst and activist. With degrees from both Oxford University and Harvard Law School, she has written across a variety of topics including the internet, politics and travel. She speaks with Georgina Godwin about her latest book ‘Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move’.

Duration:00:15:41