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Book Slam Podcast 51 (with Jesse Armstrong, Peter Serafinowicz, Diana Evans and Luke Wright)

Book Slam's 51st podcast sees something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue to celebrate the launch of 'Too Much Too Young: Book Slam Vol. 2'. There are snippets of specially-commissioned, spanking new short stories from Jesse Armstrong (pictured) and Diana Evans, Peter Serafinowicz revisits Lolita 60 years later to filthy effect, and Luke Wright celebrates the oldest pillar of the new establishment. Elliott and Patrick remain trapped in a joyless marriage of inconvenience.

Direct download: bookslam51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 50 (with Simon Armitage, Josh Kumra and Mark Grist)

Book Slam celebrates a number of birthdays - the podcast is 50, Scarlet Horley is three weeks and Patrick is precisely twice the age he thinks he is. Literary invention is provided by the ever-excellent Simon Armitage, reading from and discussing his new book, 'Walking Home'; Mark Grist provides a charming counterpoint to any of the worst things you ever thought about poets, battle rappers and, indeed, teachers; and Josh Kumra proves that Swindon has more to offer than ... well ... whatever else it has to offer. Patrick is feeling an old man, Elliott suggests he keeps his hands to himself.

Direct download: bookslam50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 49 (with Zadie Smith, Doc Brown, Piers Faccini and Keaton Henson)

Much of the 49th Book Slam podcast may or may not have been recorded in a storm drain. But, never mind the quality, feel the width as we hear Zadie Smith read from and discuss her new novel, 'NW', and her little brother, Doc Brown, tell some stories of his own about growing up on the mean streets of Nort' Weezy. There's music from the brilliant Piers Faccini and poetry from the artistic polyglot that is Keaton Henson. Patrick literally dons his pith helmet while Elliott metaphorically bombards him with conkers.

Direct download: bookslam49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 48 (with Mark Watson, Caroline Bird, Nicholas Lezard and Mahalia)

The 48th Book Slam podcast is not just an attempt to board the Olympic bandwagon. Oh no. It includes comedian, novelist and medallist of charming self-deprecation, Mark Watson, reading from and discussing his new novel, 'The Knot'; official Olympic poet, Caroline Bird; and the jaw-dropping talent that is 14 year-old singer-songwriter, Mahalia (or, as we call her, 'the legacy'). There is also Nicholas Lezard reading from his work in progress, 'The Nolympics', which, for all its good sense, may yet turn out to have judged the public mood about as well as Aidan Burley. Salena is bidding for Olympic glory, Elliott is bidding for a Breville on eBay.

Direct download: bookslam48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am UTC

Book Slam Podcast 47 (with Marina Lewycka, Chris Cleave, Tanya Auclair, Lemn Sissay and more)

The 47th Book Slam podcast finds Elliott Jack and Salena Godden reading woodenly from what may be loosely described as a 'script'. They soon warm up, however, thanks to top dollar music from Tanya Auclair and Purple Ferdinand, top drawer prose from Chris Cleave and Marina Lewycka and top shelf poetry from Lemn Sissay and Roger Robinson. Elliott is a mild-mannered janitor, Salena is Hong Kong Phooey

Direct download: BOOKSLAM_EP47.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am UTC

Book Slam Podcast 46 (with James Sallis, Keaton Henson and more)

The 46th Book Slam podcast is a bijou affair, which finds James Sallis, exponent of classic existential noir, reading from his stunning new novel, 'Driven', and a rare and captivating live performance from that poetic, musical soul Keaton Henson. Patrick is back from his travels, Elliott is less than interested.

Direct download: bookslam46.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 45 (with Irvine Welsh, Elvis McGonagall, Drums Of Death and Barry and Stuart)

The 45th Book Slam podcast has a decidedly Celtic fringe as we reflect on the launch of Irvine Welsh's coruscating prequel to 'Trainspotting', 'Skagboys'. With poetry from the ever-entertaining Elvis McGonagall, Slytherin magic from Barry and Stuart and age-appropriate proto-rave from the exquisitely-named Drums Of Death, this is much more fun than getting high in an Edinburgh squat circa 1983. There's also a triptych from Irvine himself: an interview with Alex Rayner, a reading from the book and a snippet from the great man's contribution to 'One For The Trouble'. Salena returns as Madame Cholet, Elliott is undoubtedly Orinoco.

Direct download: BOOKSLAM_EP45_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:45pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 44 (with Jono McCleery, William Boyd and Martin Figura)

At 44, the Book Slam podcast finally faces up to the realities of middle-age with poet and one time army major Martin Figura, before celebrating a creative Indian summer with our hero, William Boyd (pictured, badly), and contemplating the sheer beauty of it all with Jono McCleery. Elliott gushes with his usual aplomb (take that as you will) and is heard to remark to co-host Salena Godden, 'To think I spent all that time working with a bald, fat bloke. Life is much improved ...' 

Direct download: BOOKSLAM_EP44.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am UTC

Book Slam Podcast 43 (featuring Jon McGregor, Rachel Rose Reid, Heidi Vogel and more)

Book Slam's 43rd podcast chops the dead wood, sets it ablaze and then burns an effigy of it, on it, so to speak ... Suffice to say, Elliott Jack and Francesca Beard (pictured, © Nick Cunard) introduce Jon McGregor and his brilliant collection of short stories 'This Sort Of Thing Doesn't Happen To Someone Like You', Rachel Rose Reid waxing Dickensian, Heidi Vogel being highly vocal and an ace new short story from Charles Beckett. Elliott steps out of the shadows, Francesca removes his spectacles and says, 'Miss Jones ...'

Direct download: BS_43_Edit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:54pm UTC

Book Slam Podcast 42 (paying tribute to Gil Scott-Heron with Kate Tempest, Salena Godden, Harmonica Music and more)

The 42nd Book Slam podcast bids farewell to the legend that is Gil Scott-Heron and celebrates the publication of his posthumous memoir, 'The Last Holiday'. We're joined by his longtime collaborator Astro/ Harmonica Music, plus poets Salena Godden, Kate Tempest and Ben Mellor. We also say so long to Patrick for a bit. I don't suppose we'll miss him much. Patrick wells up, Elliott cuts him down to size.

Direct download: bookslam42.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41pm UTC