This podcast is from the Book Slam literary club night in London and features live readings, performances and interviews from the event. Check www.bookslam.com for more details.

Book Slam's 68th podcast rushes along like a train in the company of NED BEAUMAN discussing his new novel 'Glow', and EMMA JANE UNSWORTH introducing 'Animals'. There's music from BENIN CITY who put the 'ill' into brillo pads and poetry from ELVIS MCGONAGALL, putting the 'don' into Caledonia. Patrick's got beard envy, Elliott's got every other kind. 

Direct download: bookslam68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42 PM

The 67th Book Slam podcast is brought to you directly (and literally) from the studio floor. Guests include our founder, BEN WATT, of Everything But The Girl fame, reading from and discussing his extraordinary memoir, 'Romany And Tom', poetry from the brilliant WILL BURNS, stunning music from ANOUSHKA LUKAS, and a little snippet of our favourite Beard, FRANCESCA BEARD. Patrick is high on Tramadol and Diazepam, Elliott's high on life.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20 PM

Book Slam's 66th Podcast marks something of a return to form with lots of clever people reading clever stuff in a clever, but nonetheless engaging, fashion, which nods coyly in the direction of postmodernism before sensibly leaving on the arm of narrative. Quite. The clever include SHEILA HETI, reading from and discussing 'How Should A Person Be', GARY SHTEYNGART, reading from and discussing 'Little Failure', and our dear friend NIKESH SHUKLA, an arse so smart that he provokes in most an involuntary tug of the forelock. Have you read his new novel 'Meatspace' yet? You really should. There's also great music from JAKE ISAAC. Patrick and Elliott are not clever. Some people think they just play thick from some misplaced desire to fit into to an increasingly asinine world. These people are wrong.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:52 PM

The 65th Book Slam Podcast is chock full of fascinating content undermined by some rather low rent banter and lousy production. Sorry. Guests include the brilliant JONATHAN LETHEM, reading from and discussing 'Dissident Gardens', DOMINIC FRISBY describing 'Life After The State' and fabulous music from LAURA GROVES. Elliott's just been for a run, Patrick turns up his nose.

Direct download: bookslam65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12 AM

The 64th podcast from Book Slam, London's best night of word and music, is an unusually entertaining one. It features Patrick's hero and satirist for hire, ANDY ZALTZMAN, a song from the excellent, SIVU, and an extract from the phenomenon that is CHUCK PALAHNIUK's story, 'Romance'. Patrick's a little giggly, Elliott's altogether more composed.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04 AM

The 63rd Book Slam Podcast is noted in society for its hosts' exquisite good taste and pop cultural references from the 1990s (Teddy Riley anyone?). This episode features BERNARDINE EVARISTO reading from 'Mr Loverman', one of our most favouritest novels of recent years, the righteous poetry of DEAN ATTA, and exquisite music from AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON. Patrick says, 'Am I the man from Del Monte?' Elliott says, 'Not so much.'

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03 PM

The 62nd Book Slam Podcast is fuller than a family bucket and arguably more sustaining. It features DBC Pierre, reading from and discussing the brilliant 'Petit Mal', Michael Smith introducing us to 'Unreal City', music from Thabo and The Real Deal, comedy from Matt Okine,and the ineffable Salena Godden's memoir, 'Springfield Road'. Elliott and Patrick reunite in a London studio for the first time in months to remarkably familiar effect.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12 PM

Book Slam's 61st podcast is a transcontinental miracle of modern technology, which visits Lausanne, the 1960s and a festival Wilderness all via the magic of Skype. Guests include William Bond Boyd, discussing and reading from 'Solo', and Emylia Hall, introducing us to her new novel, 'A Heart Bent Out Of Shape'. Music comes from Lewis Floyd Henry and there's original poetry from Chris Head. Patrick is somewhat incoherent down the line from Zimbabwe, Elliott is somewhat incoherent.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19 AM

The 60th Book Slam podcast has a sensibility both African and diasporic, featuring artists from our collaboration with the London African Music Festival. They include Noo Saro-Wiwa, reading from and discussing her brilliant book 'Looking For Transwonderland: Travels In Nigeria', plus poetry from Trinidadian maestro Roger Robinson and gifted Zimbabwean newcomer Belinda Zhawi. Patrick is struggling to stay relevant, Elliott struggling to care.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24 AM

Book Slam's 59th podcast takes a trip down memory lane in the company of comedian and writer Viv Groskop, with whom Patrick once worked on a 'leading men's lifestyle periodical'. She subsequently went on to better things including her book 'I Laughed, I Cried'. Also featured is the remarkable Simon Rich who was one of the youngest ever writers on Saturday Night Live and looks considerably younger than that. He reads from the excellent 'The Last Girlfriend On Earth'. There is also magical music from Ana Silvera while Patrick waxes lyrical and Elliott simply wanes.

Direct download: bookslam59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19 PM