I've written about about Tech, Podcasting, and Culture. I'm the founder and host of the Papertrail Podcast, where I speak with authors about the books which have most influenced and affected them.
Pippa is a Novelist and Short Story writer with a PhD in Astronomy. She was awarded a New Writers Award in 2012 by the Scottish Book Trust and her novel 'The Falling Sky' was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize. Her latest collection, 'The Need For Better Regulation Of Outer Space', is clever and entertaining, exploring stories about science and scientists.
Gary Budden is one of the founders of Influx Press, an independent publisher dedicated to publishing stories from the margins of culture, specific geographical spaces, and sites of resistance. He was kind enough to take some time to speak with us about Influx, independent publishing, and their recently launched kickstarter.
Unsung Stories is an independent publisher of 'literary and ambition speculative fiction'. They are making the news at the moment with the launch of a Kickstarter for 2084, a short story collection of dystopian fiction. At the time of publishing the book has achieved more than twice its funding goal, and shows no sign of slowing. George Sandison, Unsung's Managing Editor, was kind enough to talk to us about the project..
Dead Ink is an independent publisher, based in Liverpool and Manchester, doing a lot of exciting work. I had a chance to speak with its founder, Nathan, about his experiences setting up the press, the Northern Fiction Alliance, participatory publishing, and the way Dead Ink nurture and encourage new and exciting writers.
MARTINE'S BOOK CHOICES:
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By - Georges Simenon
Seductive Poison - Deborah Layton
A Crisis of Brilliance- David Boyd Haycock
PAUL'S BOOK CHOICES:
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere - Jan Morris
Yugoslavia, My Fatherland - Goran Vojnović
What I Saw - Joseph Roth
IRENOSEN's BOOK CHOICES:
Glyph - Percival Everett
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen - Marilyn Chin
KERRY'S BOOK CHOICES:
Jazz - Toni Morrison
The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyles
'Tis - Frank McCourt
Hannah is a Graphic Novelist and illustrator. She has also worked as a Tutor for the Arvon Foundation and was the Online Writer in Residence for Booktrust.
Simon runs a YouTube channel focused on teaching people about physics, climate science, and studying. He also makes videos that help people who are applying, or considering applying, to Oxford and Cambridge university.
Lara is a writer working and living in Manchester. Her debut short story collection, 'Treats', was published this year by Freight.
Harry is a writer and an artist. His debut novel, Anatomy of a Soldier, came out this year and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. He's currently working on his second novel.
Neil's debut novel 'The Moon King' came out in 2014 and was nominated for the 2015 BSFA award and British Fantasy award.
He lives and works in Glasgow, and is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle.
Sophie's short story 'Grace' won The White Review Short Story Prize this year. She has also been published in Tank Magazine, Neon, and Valve Journal.
She is currently working on a book about an all-female community on an oil rig at the end of the world.
“An extraordinary debut … Paul M.M. Cooper is writer of real talent … River of Ink is what historical fiction should be: immersive, illuminating and captivating” – The Times