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Granta Reads: Margo Jefferson reads Kathleen Collins

In this episode of the Granta podcast, Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, reads Kathleen Collins’s short story, ‘The Uncle’, taken from the collection Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Kathleen Collins was a pioneer African-American playwright, film-maker, civil rights activist and educator. You can read more work by Kathleen Collins on our website:

Duration: 00:09:14

Andrea Stuart in Conversation: The Granta Podcast

In this episode of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell speaks with Andrea Stuart about her essay ‘Travels in Pornland’. They discuss the value of feminist porn, the importance of counter narratives and the challenges faced by feminist pornographers. The essay was first published in August 2016. You can read the essay in full on our website:

Duration: 00:12:32

George Saunders In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 96

Online editor Luke Neima talks to George Saunders about his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. They discuss the pressures on Abraham Lincoln during the civil war, the art of creating distinctive historical voices, verbal improv and writing the afterlife.

Duration: 00:18:41

Elizabeth McCracken: The Granta Podcast

This week John Freeman spoke to Best Young American Novelist Elizabeth McCracken about her works-in-progress, a novel that broke up into six short stories, and her contribution to Granta’s latest issue, ‘Going Back’ – a story called ‘Property’.

Duration: 00:17:24

Granta Reads: Darcey Steinke’s ‘Frankenstein’s Mother’

For the second episode of the Granta Reads’ Halloween series, Eleanor Chandler reads Darcey Steinke’s essay ‘Frankenstein’s Mother’, which explores the relationship between mother and monster. Darcey Steinke is the author of the novels Sister Golden Hair, Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde and Up Through the Water, as well as the memoir Easter Everywhere. She lives in New York.

Duration: 00:43:52

Granta Reads: Angela Carter’s ‘Cousins’

In this Halloween edition of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell reads Angela Carter’s 1980 short story, ‘Cousins’ – the first in a series of classic horror stories from our archive. ‘Cousins’ was later featured in Carter’s seminal Black Venus story collection with the title ‘Peter and the Wolf’, and forms part of her famous ‘wolf quartet’.

Duration: 00:19:10

Sally Rooney And Joanna Walsh In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 94

Sally Rooney And Joanna Walsh In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 94 by Granta Magazine

Duration: 00:13:27

Patrick deWitt And Neel Mukherjee In Conversation: The Granta Podcast Ep. 90

Neel Mukherjee and Patrick deWitt discuss their books, Undermajordomo Minor and The Lives of Others, subconscious influence, the power of the exclamation mark and love.

Duration: 00:15:24

Yukiko Motoya: The Granta Podcast Episode 89

Yukiko Motoya is a novelist, playwright and stage director. She leads her own theatre company, Gekidan Motoya Yukiko, which she founded in 2000. Her story collection Arashi no pikunikku (The Devil's Picnic) was awarded the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize in 2013. Here, she talks to Elmer Luke about her short story for Granta 127: Japan, finding freedom in writing and happy endings, with interpretation by Asa Yoneda. ‘I’d get convinced that I had to write about really big, serious, important issues. So...

Duration: 00:20:31

Hiromi Kawakami: The Granta Podcast Ep. 88

Hiromi Kawakami is a novelist, haiku poet, literary critic and essayist. Her books include 'Manazuru, Pasuta mashiin yūrei' ('Pasta Machine Ghosts') and 'Sensei no kaban' ('The Briefcase'), published as 'Strange Weather in Tokyo' by Portobello Books in the UK. She was awarded the 1996 Akutagawa Prize for 'Hebi o fumu' (Tread on a Snake). Here, she talks to Granta Books editor Anne Meadows on her essay for Granta 127: Japan, the presence of death in her work and the influence of Gabriel...

Duration: 00:14:47

Ruth Ozeki: The Granta Podcast Ep. 87

Ruth Ozeki is the author of 'My Year of Meats', 'All Over Creation' and 'A Tale for the Time Being', which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For Granta’s Japan issue, she wrote an essay on her grandfather: about a mysterious photograph she has of him and about the ways she feels linked to him across time. In the latest Granta podcast, she reads from the piece and discusses it alongside her latest novel, 'A Tale for the Time Being',...

Duration: 00:38:54

Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 86

In the latest Granta podcast, Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg discuss recent South African history, their personal relationship to Johannesburg, and their personal relationship to a divided city. Mark Gevisser is the author of 'A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream', published by Palgrave Macmillan in the UK, and by Jonathan Ball in South Africa under the title, 'Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred'. His latest book, 'Dispatcher', is published by...

Duration: 00:37:15

Lindsey Hilsum: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 85

Lindsey Hilsum is International Editor of Channel Four News and the author of ‘Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution’. In 1994 she was the only English-speaking Foreign Correspondent working in Rwanda when the genocide began. Her essay in the latest issue of Granta tells of her return to the country 19 years after the conflict. Here we talk about her time in Rwanda, Libya and how countries can repair in the aftermath of war. The podcast begins with Lindsey reading from her essay ‘The...

Duration: 00:24:30

Juan Pablo Villalobos: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 84

In the latest Granta podcast, we’re joined by Juan Pablo Villalobos, author of 'Down the Rabbit Hole', which was nominated for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award and, most recently, 'Quesadillas'. Here, Villalobos talks about parodying Mexican identity, the difficulty of translation and class struggle in Mexico. ‘The worst thing wasn’t being poor; the worst thing was having no idea of the things you can do with money.’

Duration: 00:30:53

Eleanor Catton: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 83

Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, The Rehearsal, was shortlisted for the guardian first book, and the Dylan Thomas Prize, longlisted for The Orange Prize and received a Betty Task award. Her second novel, The Luminaries, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize. Here, Granta Books editor Anne Meadows talks to Catton about opium sand gold, the ideas of the modern and the archaic, whether a good author can also be a sadist, and what it means to be a New Zealand writer today. ‘I am very...

Duration: 00:55:35

Lina Wolff: The Granta Podcast Ep. 82

In the latest Granta podcast, Saskia Vogel speaks to Lina Wolff, a contributor to the Travel issue and author of the story collection 'Många människor dör som du' ('Many Pepole Die Like You') and the novel 'Bret Easton Ellis och de andra hundarna' ('Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs'). Wolff writes in Swedish, and her story in the issue is based in Spain. Here she discusses the tension she felt between a ‘Spanishness’ and ‘Swedishness’, when writing and between a rational way of being...

Duration: 00:40:23

Sonia Faleiro: The Granta Podcast Ep. 81

In the latest Granta podcast, Saskia Vogel speaks to Sonia Faleiro, a contributor to the Travel issue and a reporter. Faleiro is the author of a book of fiction, The Girl, and one book of non-fiction, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars. She talks about how her gender influences her work and how she started out as a reporter. She also discusses the way we tell stories about women who use their bodies in to earn a living, Bombay’s complex sex industry and the...

Duration: 00:33:30

Robert Macfarlane: The Granta Podcast Ep. 80

In the latest Granta podcast, Rachael Allen speaks to travel writer Robert Macfarlane. Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places and most recently, The Old Ways. Macfarlane talks about ‘Underland’, his essay in Granta 124: Travel, which sees him exploring the underground caves of Karst country, and the different approaches writers take to show landscape through language. ‘When you're dealing with a geological context,’ says Macfarlane ‘its age exceeds your knowing,...

Duration: 00:17:34

A.M. Homes: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 78

In the latest Granta podcast, Yuka Igarashi talks to A.M. Homes, the recipient of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for May We Be Forgiven. Homes is the author of the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack; the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know; and the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter (Granta Books). As a followup to an interview when May We Be Forgiven was published, they spoke about...

Duration: 00:32:45

George Saunders: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 77

On the latest Granta podcast we hear from George Saunders. One of the finest, funniest writers of his generation, he writes stories that pulse with outsized heart, crackle with the ad-speak and eek out the human story from the lives of theme-park workers and the subjects of strange drug tests that enhance libido and eloquence. His books include CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, In Persuasion Nation, Pastoralia and most recently Tenth of December. He has also published a book of essays, The...

Duration: 00:52:16

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