After a bit of a break over the summer Unsound Methods is back with a couple of bonus episodes, recorded at the Beyond Words Festival at the Institut Francais earlier in the year.
We sat down with Noémi Lefebvre, the author of ‘Blue Self-Portrait’ and Eimear McBride, author of ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ and ‘The Lesser Bohemians’. It was hot, and there was a lot of noise in the street, so the sound is not 100%, but we found it very interesting to speak to both writers about the similarities and differences in their approaches.
We caught Noémi and Eimear just before they went on stage, so this is a brief chat. At times Noémi preferred to speak in French, so we have included the translations from her interpreter Axelle Oxborrow in this audio.
The Institut Francais have kindly shared the audio of the event that followed, which will be released a few days after this one as a bonus episode.
Thanks to: Nicci Praca, Cecile Menon, Sophie Lewis (who hosted the event), Axelle Oxborrow (translation) and Lucie Campos.
Blue Self-Portrait available from Les Fugitives: http://www.lesfugitives.com/books/#/blue-self-portrait/
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Galley Beggar Press/Faber)
The Lesser Bohemians’ (Faber)
In the latest episode of Unsound Methods we speak to the winner of the Man Booker International prize 2018 Olga Tokarczuk and her translator Jennifer Croft.
Olga and Jennifer were joint winners of the prize for the translated version of Olga’s book Bieguni (Flights) and we caught up with them two days after their win to discuss the whirlwind of literary prize-winning, composing constellation novels, suppressing your first published book, and the challenges of translating fiction.
A quick update with some of the most recent episodes of Unsound Methods. We are now approaching episode 10 so thought it was time for a quick round-up of the last few…
Ep 06 Alex Pheby
Alex Pheby is author of ‘Grace’ (Two Ravens Press), ‘Playthings’ and the forthcoming ‘Lucia. We talk about having different editing and writing persona, blending fiction with historical research when you are writing about real characters, hitting 3,000 words a day and whether it’s rational to have any faith in an external reality.
Ep 07 Daniel Levin Becker
Daniel Levin Becker is a member of the OuLiPo
(Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or ‘Workshop for potential literature’). Daniel talks to us about the attraction of writing with constraints, his journey to France and the Oulipo and gives us a flavour of how the group operates (including a membership cancellation policy that Mark Zuckerberg can only dream of).
Ep 08 Will Eaves
Will was Arts Editor of The Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011 and his work has been short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize, the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry and the BBC National Short Story Award. We discuss his approach to structuring a novel, turning notes into a finished work, working with a small press and capturing the dream-like state of the unconscious in prose.
Ep 09 Paddy Langley
Patrick Langley is the author of Arkady from Fitzcarraldo Editions.With a background in art criticism and radio production, Paddy talks to us about drafting and structuring a work, finding inspiration from the urban backwaters of London and the problem with building elaborate memory palaces…
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In episode 04 of the podcast we speak to Michael Stewart, author of the novels King Crow and Cafe Assassin and the collections Couples and Mr Jolly.
We discuss performing plays in prisons, how dialogue decides form, the explosion of indie publishers in Northern England, and how to escape if you’re locked in a shop with a stranger…
Michael’s latest novel Ill Will is published by HarperCollins imprint HQ Stories and is out today – https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008248154/ill-will/
To listen to the podcast head to: https://unsoundmethods.co.uk/michael-stewart/
King Crow and Cafe Assassin are both published by Bluemoose Books – https://bluemoosebooks.com/books)’
Both collections by Valley Press – http://www.valleypressuk.com/author/51/michael_stewart)
You can follow Michael on Twitter @headspam
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Episode 03 of Unsound Methods podcast is out now and Jaimie and I speak to Iosi Havilio, author of Open Door, Paradises and Petit Fleur all published by And Other Stories,
You can listen below, headover to unsoundmethods.co.uk or download it in all the usual podcast places.
We speak about Iosi’s upbringing in Paris and Buenos Aires, the links between music and literature and the process of creating and exploring a unique new universe with each progressive novel.
Open Door, Paradises and Petit Fleur are all published by And Other Stories, and you can buy them here: http://www.andotherstories.org/book/petite-fleur/
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Episode 02 of Unsound Methods podcast is out now. This week we speak to Megan Dunn, author of Tinderbox (Galley Beggar, 2017).
We cover the act of balancing fiction and non-fiction, wrestling with the estate of Ray Bradbury and writing the great mermaid novel of the Western canon.
Headover to unsoundmethods.co.uk to check it out or find it in all the usual podcast places.
You can find Megan’s website at: https://www.megandunn.org/
Follow her on Twitter: @MeganDunn90
Tinderbox is available from Galley Beggar Press: https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/shop-1/z7du0g4kxeypqtatvaftcnxrjqil2d
Episode 01 of Unsound Methods is finally live… after a fair amount of tinkering and learning of the podcasting ropes we now have the first episode of our new podcast Unsound Methods for your listening pleasure.
Listen here https://unsoundmethods.co.uk/episode-01-neil-griffiths/ or find it at all the usual podcast places.
In this episode we speak to Neil Griffiths, author of Saving Caravaggio and Betrayal in Naples as well as the more recent As A God Might Be published by Dodo Ink. Neil is also the founder of the Republic of Consciousness Prize which recognises independently published novels that combine ‘hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose’.
We discuss the ecosystem of fiction, the present golden age of indie publishing and the Republic of Consciousness prize, which Neil founded.
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Unsound Methods is a podcast hosted by Jaimie Batchan and Lochlan Bloom where we talk to contemporary writers of literary fiction about process, what makes fiction ‘real’ and the motivation to sit down in front of an empty page and make things up…