About

This Writing Life is a books podcast featuring rambling conversations with journalist James Kidd. The focus is on new writing, and by chance American authors.

Latest episode: Vendela Vida discusses The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty.

Twitter: @ajskidd

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Past episodes include: Hanya Yanagihara, Anna Smaill, Harry Parker, and Sloane Crosley on their first books. 

There are three firsts. The first British interviews with Karen Joy Fowler about We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Hanya Yanagihara for her debut, The People in the Trees (and also A Little Life) and Anna Smaill for her Man Booker longlisted The Chimes.

Writing Life Specials include a joint interview with David Mitchell and Michel Faber. Tom Drury talks about his debut masterpiece The End of Vandalism. David Gates chats Jernigan. Tomas Gonzalez recalls the tragic circumstances that inspired In the Beginning was the Sea.

Biography
James Kidd
writes about books for the Independent, Literary Review, South China Morning Post, The National among others. When he is not referring to himself in the third person, he also co-hosts Lit Bits, named by the Observer as one of its top three literary podcasts, and works for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association

Over the past decade, I have interviewed writers from Salman Rushdie to Jeffrey Archer, Peter Carey to Blur's Alex James, Margaret Atwood to Jonathan Meades. I have listened to David Mitchell counsel Michel Faber not to retire from fiction, been told off by Julian Barnes and Boy George, been locked in a room with Patricia Cornwell and her lawyers, reduced rugby hardman Brian Moore to tears, and been asked how to escape a Liverpool hotel by Boris Johnson (who then refused to be interviewed). There was a pint with Howard Marks, lunch with Cherie Blair.

One frustration present in all these conversations (except the Boris Johnson) is everything that has to be left out of the finished article. Julian Barnes' adventures with Sherlock Holmes societies, David Mitchell singing Talking Heads, Margaret Atwood instructing me to publish an ebook, Jonathan Meades discussing childhood adventures with a biker struck by lightning on the top of Snowden.

So. Why not record some interviews and publish them with as many of the interesting, boring and weird bits left in as possible?