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WRITING THE SHORT STORY: a conversation with novelist and short story writers, Cary Bray and Tessa Hadley

  We all write short stories and novels. For me, the process is very different. I often use short stories to try out ideas, where a novel is something that I plan meticulously. How do you organise the two narrative … Continue reading

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Benjamin Myers up Scout Rock: Turning Blue, Jimmy Savile, Ian Watkins and the occult side of popular culture

Below is a conversation I had with writer Benjamin Myers on Friday 23rd of September 2016, while walking up Scout Rock in Mytholmroyd.   Me: Your new book is called Turning Blue. From what you’ve said, it’s changed a lot … Continue reading

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LIFE INSIDE THE FALL: A CONVERSATION WITH STEVE HANLEY

Below is a transcript of a conversation I had with Steve Hanley, bass player with The Fall for nineteen years and instrumental in developing the sound of the group, at the launch event for the paperback edition of The Big … Continue reading

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Mark E Smith in conversation with Michael Stewart

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Huddersfield Literature Festival, below is a transcript of my conversation with Mark E Smith in 2009 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. MS      Thanks very much for coming along Mark. Welcome to … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING THE SHORT STORY

Celebrating The Short Story was a day dedicated to the short form that took place at Huddersfield University on Saturday 5th of December 2015 in collaboration with Comma Press. Below is a transcript of the panel discussion featuring the chair, … Continue reading

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The Ratmen Cometh… an interview with Steve Ely

The novel Ratmen by Steve Ely was published by Blackheath Books in June 2012 but has so far failed to attract the attention it fully deserves. It’s a compelling book and a fascinating study of extremism and seduction. It will get … Continue reading

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URGE FOR NIGEL: an interview with Nigel Blackwell of Half Man Half Biscuit

Nigel Blackwell of Half Man Half Biscuit fame is an elusive figure in popular music, who has spent many years avoiding interviewers from many prestigious publications, so I feel very honoured that he was happy to answer the questions I … Continue reading

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