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.

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
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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.

Direct download: bookslam64.mp3
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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.'

Direct download: BOOKSLAM_EP63.mp3
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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.

Direct download: bookslam62.mp3
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.

Direct download: bookslam61.mp3
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.

Direct download: bookslam60.mp3
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

The 58th Book Slam Podcast finds Elliott abandoned and alone. He appears unfazed. He introduces spoken word from the quite brilliant TALIA RANDALL, plus readings from and interviews with MATT RUDD, author of 'The English: A Field Guide', and singer, broadcaster and now author, CERYS MATTHEWS. Check out Cerys's passion for songs and songwriting - she's an impressive lady. Patrick is not there, Elliott is not all there.

Direct download: BOOKSLAM_EP58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:45 AM

Book Slam's 57th Podcast is, frankly, one of our better ones. It features a brilliant reading from his novel 'Coconut Unlimited' by our old friend NIKESH SHUKLA; an excellent interview with WILL SELF, a man who puts the 'brio' into 'lugubriousness'; comedy from the SARA PASCOE; and beautiful music from GEORGE EZRA. Elliott is funny ha ha, Patrick is funny peculiar.

Direct download: bookslam57.mp3
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The 56th Book Slam Podcast includes MATT HAIG expressing an alien view of 'The Humans', ROSS SUTHERLAND dedicating a poem to someone very special, simply beautiful music from the extraordinary SOAK, and CAITLIN MORAN on being late for the Prime Minister. Patrick is taking ibuprofen, Elliott notes that the drugs don't work.

Direct download: bookslam56.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00 PM