Synopsis

Take unique literary moments with you wherever you go with these exclusive podcasts from legendary bookseller Foyles.Please visit us at foyles.co.uk

Episodes

  • The Foyles Storybox Podcast 2017: Episode 2

    The Foyles Storybox Podcast 2017: Episode 2

    14/08/2017 Duration: 15min

    Ben & Grace are in control for our Young Adult special edition of The Storybox Podcast 2017. Taking inspiration from author Olivia Levez's latest book, The Circus, they discuss their favourite circus skills and there's even a quickfire quiz! We then tune in to the Q&A session recorded at the YA Feminism Panel with authors Alwyn Hamilton, Laure Eve and chair Samantha Shannon. The Storybox podcast is produced by WordPlay; to find out more about them and to get in touch, just visit www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • The Foyles Storybox Podcast 2017: Episode 1

    The Foyles Storybox Podcast 2017: Episode 1

    31/07/2017 Duration: 13min

    Join Khallum, Iris & Logan as they look back over this week’s Storybox festival events. Our young reporters caught up with illustrator Paul Stickland, learnt a lesson or two on how to create superhero comic strips with author & illustrator Kate Scott & Alex Gunn and even heard an exclusive performance from the cast of Adventures in Wonderland! Storybox 2017 is our children’s and YA book festival taking place across all our shops in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Chelmsford. To see the full line-up for this year's festival, just visit http://www.foyles.co.uk/storybox The Storybox podcast is produced by WordPlay; to find out more about them and to get in touch, just visit http://www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 3

    The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 3

    15/08/2016 Duration: 13min

    Join Tess & Felix for the final edition of The Storybox Podcast, covering events in the final week of our 2016 festival. In this episode, we get up close with author David Solomons, hear radio plays performed live from the festival, and catch up with our National Events Co-ordinator, Meg! Storybox 2016 is our children’s and YA book festival taking place over three weeks across all our shops in London, Bristol and Birmingham. The Foyles Storybox podcast is produced by WordPlay http://www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 2

    The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 2

    08/08/2016 Duration: 16min

    Join Callum & Jasmine as they look back over this week’s Storybox festival events. Storybox 2016 is our children’s and YA book festival taking place over three weeks across all our shops in London, Bristol and Birmingham. In this episode, we give writer & illustrator Viviane Schwarz a call, we get messy printmaking with illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson, and our very own Head of Promotions, Marion, takes us on an audio tour of our flagship store to find THE best spots to read! For more about Storybox festival and to see the full line up of events, visit http://www.foyles.co.uk/storybox The Foyles Storybox podcast is produced by WordPlay http://www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 1

    The Foyles Storybox Podcast: Episode 1

    01/08/2016 Duration: 13min

    This edition of The Storybox Podcast is hosted by festivalgoers Maggie and Hamish as they look back over the first week of the Storybox festival, to share with you interviews with fantastic authors and illustrators, reports from creative workshops, and general Storybox audio fun. Storybox 2016 is our children’s and YA book festival taking place over three weeks across all our shops in London, Bristol and Birmingham. For more about the events taking place and to book, visit www.foyles.co.uk/storybox In this episode we play hide and seek with author and illustrator Dave Barrow, Mrs Phelps from Matilda the Musical performs a very special reading for us, and illustrator Yuval Zommer shares his top tips for drawing bugs! We also caught up with Foyles staff member Fraser to find out his reading habits. Special thanks to everyone who appeared in our podcast and to our fabulous young reporters across all the stores. Enjoy! The Foyles Storybox podcast is produced by WordPlay http://www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • Welcome to The Foyles Storybox Podcast

    Welcome to The Foyles Storybox Podcast

    18/07/2016 Duration: 01min

    Throughout the 2016 Foyles Storybox Festival, this will be the place to hear festival news, behind the scenes reports, and fantastic author interviews. Brought to you from us - the festival goers! Keep an ear out over the next few weeks for three episodes straight from the festival, and head over to www.foyles.co.uk/storybox for full details about the summer events. The Foyles Storybox Podcast is produced by WordPlay http://www.wordplayeducation.co.uk/

  • Memories of the Future: Owen Hatherley and Douglas Murphy, in association with New Humanist

    Memories of the Future: Owen Hatherley and Douglas Murphy, in association with New Humanist

    29/01/2016 Duration: 52min

    What happened to the future? Verso authors Owen Hatherley and Douglas Murphy seek to explode the distortions of history that obscure our present and future in their new respective books 'The Ministry of Nostalgia' and 'Last Futures'. Excavating the lost archeology of the present day, Douglas Murphy’s 'Last Futures' is a fascinating, mind-bending cultural history of the last avant-garde. Through a cast of architects, dreamers, thinkers, hippies and designers, Murphy diagnoses the source of our current situation and steers us towards powerful alternative futures. In a sharp, witty polemic, Owen Hatherley skewers the contemporary nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed. Why, in an age of austerity, have we adopted the gospel of luxurious poverty, from ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters to the ‘artisinal’? The Ministry of Nostalgia reaches across a depleted cultural landscape to demand more for our society—after all, Hatherley argues, why should we have to 'Keep Calm and Carry On'? Chaired by

  • Vintage New Writers Evening: Kirsty Logan, Ruth Ware  Vesna Goldsworthy

    Vintage New Writers Evening: Kirsty Logan, Ruth Ware & Vesna Goldsworthy

    09/11/2015 Duration: 39min

    Ever on the hunt for new literary voices, we bring together a panel of authors and an audience of readers to explore the road to publication and what lies beyond. Working with Vintage, we welcome writers Kirsty Logan, Ruth Ware and Vesna Goldsworthy to the stage to talk to journalist and Vintage Podcast host Alex Clark. We settle down to listen to our evening's speakers discussing the development of their work and how they secured industry support. The focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and what it's like to be an author at the start of your career. Glasgow-based journalist and author Kirsty Logan won the 2014 Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection with 'The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales' before penning breakout debut 'The Gracekeepers'—a magical tale of a floating circus adrift in a flooded world, the telling of which has been compared to the work of luminaries such as Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Ruth

  • Inventing The Future: Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams in conversation with Emma Dowling

    Inventing The Future: Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams in conversation with Emma Dowling

    07/11/2015 Duration: 01h15s

    Published by Verso, 'Inventing the Future: Folk Politics and the Left' is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism which, following the wave of left-populism across the continent, offers concrete alternatives to the cycle of debt and austerity and the drudgeries of work. From Jeremy Corbyn’s landmark victory in the Labour leadership election to the rise of Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece, the European left is once more resurgent. Interrogating how ideas that long seemed marginalised and discredited have recently captured the imaginations of millions, authors Williams and Srnicek ask how these ideas might be used to create a more sustainable and equitable world. Demanding a high-tech economy capable of advancing living standards, liberating us from work and developing technologies which expand our freedom, Williams and Srnicek join us to present their new blueprint for a new world—one of full automation, unconditional universal basic income, media reform, full unemployment and freedom from work.

  • Carol Morley: 7 Miles Out

    Carol Morley: 7 Miles Out

    11/09/2015 Duration: 56min

    In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, hear one of our most exciting contemporary artists as she discusses her life, her work and the space where the two converge. BAFTA-winning British filmmaker Carol Morley is fast making her mark as an innovative director and screenwriter of challenging, enthralling subjects. From her compelling docu-drama 'Dreams of a Life', a moving exploration of the life of 39 year old Joyce Carol Vincent, whose body was discovered two years after her death in her Wood Green bedsit, to last year's widely-regarded BFI and BBC film 'The Falling', chronicling the spread of a fainting epidemic in an English girls school. This talk celebrates the publication of her semi-autobiographical debut novel, '7 Miles Out', a darkly funny, poignant and searing portrayal of a teenager growing up in the aftermath of her father’s suicide.

  • Aleksandar Hemon: The Making of Zombie Wars

    Aleksandar Hemon: The Making of Zombie Wars

    10/09/2015 Duration: 58min

    Hear an author who never fails to astound as he discusses his mastery of prose and what it's like to be compared with Vladimir Nabokov, in conversation with journalist Alex Clark. Award-winning Sarajevo-born author Aleksandar Hemon presents 'The Making of Zombie Wars', his first novel since 2008's 'The Lazarus Project'. A book of darkly comic chaos and interpersonal disaster, Zombie Wars offers readers a meta-fictional insight into the life of the author and the contemporary renaissance of zombie fiction, unpicking its connections with cultural violence across all levels. Written in the author's glorious and inventive prose—in a language the author learned well into adulthood, no less—the dazzlingly original Hemon wrestles a genre imbued with cliché in a work at once hilarious and morbid, serious and surreal, offering us both piercing social commentary and a bevy of emotionally insightful characters.

  • David Lagercrantz: The Girl in the Spiders Web

    David Lagercrantz: The Girl in the Spider's Web

    09/09/2015 Duration: 54min

    Without doubt one of the publishing events of the year, we welcomed David Lagercrantz to the Foyles auditorium to discuss 'The Girl in the Spider's Web'—his official follow-up to Stieg Larsson's cherished Millennium trilogy—with writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson. Revisit the Millennium universe and reunite with beloved characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as Lagercrantz unpacks this much-anticipated follow-up to the series, ten years on from the publication of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.

  • Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

    Hanya Yanagihara: 'A Little Life' in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

    31/08/2015 Duration: 54min

    US novelist Hanya Yanagihara presents 'A Little Life' onstage at Foyles, in conversation with author and Associate Editor of The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink. After enthralling readers and reviewers alike with her debut 'The People in the Trees', Yanagihara's new novel spans the decades-long relationships across a group of four college graduates who move to New York to pursue their various careers—aspiring actor Willem; struggling architect Malcolm; JB, a painter making his way in the art world; and Jude. Withdrawn, enigmatic, crippled by an accident of which he doesn't speak, Jude is haunted, damaged from a childhood kept hidden from his closest friends. Increasingly successful in his career as a lawyer, yet increasingly broken by a past that comes to define him, Jude's position as the dazzling black hole at the centre of the group will come to send shockwaves through the characters—and through the reader too. Still buzzing from its release in the US earlier in the year, this is a profoundly moving work

  • The Last Act of Love: Cathy Rentzenbrink in conversation with Matt Haig

    The Last Act of Love: Cathy Rentzenbrink in conversation with Matt Haig

    17/07/2015 Duration: 27min

    Returning to Foyles to present her heartbreaking, tender, at times funny, and ultimately uplifting memoir, Cathy Rentzenbrink joins friend and author Matt Haig for this conversation event. Rentzenbrink's life was changed in the summer of 1990 when her brother Matty was knocked down by a car, just two weeks before receiving his GCSE results. Gathered around his unconscious body at the hospital, the family desperately prayed for his survival. But as Matty did survive, the question shifted to the condition of his life; eight years on, coming to experience that there are many and various fates worse than death, Rentzenbrink came to realise that she had been praying for the wrong thing.

  • Raymond Blanc on Kew on a Plate

    Raymond Blanc on 'Kew on a Plate'

    15/04/2015 Duration: 49min

    This March we welcomed superstar chef Raymond Blanc in conversation with Anne Shooter, food writer and Commercial Editor of Mail Online, to discuss his new book and BBC2 TV series, 'Kew on a Plate'. An impassioned, charismatic speaker, Blanc is one of the world's most highly regarded chefs, proudly sporting two Michelin stars and mentoring many of today's other leading chefs. Amid the gardeners' tips and expertise, 'Kew on a Plate' features Raymond's detailed tasting notes and 40 mouth-watering recipes that make the best of produce at its freshest. Learn the perfect variety of apple for his Tarte Tatin or pick the perfect potato for the Sunday roast.

  • Reif Larsen and Audrey Niffenegger in conversation with Alex Clark

    Reif Larsen and Audrey Niffenegger in conversation with Alex Clark

    15/04/2015 Duration: 44min

    Live at Foyles, and in conversation with writer and artist Audrey Niffenegger ('The Time-Traveler's Wife', 'Her Fearful Symmetry'), American author Reif Larsen returned to present his second novel, the kaleidoscopic 'I Am Radar'. From Cambodia to the Congo, from Norway to New Jersey, Larsen's new epic weaves puppetry, quantum physics, secret societies and more into a globe-trotting curiosity cabinet of wonder and delight, as protagonist Radar Radmanovic undertakes a thrilling and mind-bending journey of personal and historical discovery. This event was chaired by journalist Alex Clark.

  • Kirsty Logan reads from The Gracekeepers

    Kirsty Logan reads from 'The Gracekeepers'

    15/04/2015 Duration: 09min

    Foyles are delighted to welcome and introduce Kirsty Logan with this reading from her forthcoming debut novel 'The Gracekeepers'. Appearing at our recent event with Reif Larsen and Audrey Niffenegger, Kirsty treated the audience to a section of her hotly-anticipated new book. You'll want to watch out for this one!

  • The Extreme Centre: Tariq Ali in conversation with Danny Dorling

    The Extreme Centre: Tariq Ali in conversation with Danny Dorling

    07/04/2015 Duration: 01h07min

    Prolific writer, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali came to Foyles for an evening of provocative debate courtesy of Verso Books. Author of more than twenty books, as a historian, novelist and social commentator, Ali is one of our most committed polemicists. In his latest book, 'The Extreme Centre', the Guardian and London Review of Books contributor and editor at the New Left Review argues that Westminster is in the grip of an extreme centre, a trilateral monolith in which politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, whilst unstable populist parties occupy the margins. Chairing the event is Danny Dorling, author of 'Inequality and the 1%'.

  • Matt Haig on Reasons to Stay Alive

    Matt Haig on Reasons to Stay Alive

    16/03/2015 Duration: 40min

    Bestselling author Matt Haig has, since his 2005 debut 'The Last Family in England', brought us some of the quirkiest, darkest, and often funniest fictions in recent years. But Haig also suffered a breakdown in his early twenties, struck by panic and depression and pushed to the verge of suicide. Haig visited the Auditorium at Foyles in March 2015 to discuss this experience as described in his latest book, 'Reasons to Stay Alive'. Ever frank on the solemn and deeply personal subject of mental ill health, Matt Haig here braves the spotlight to narrate the road that led to his own personal tipping point and, more importantly, how and why he chose to live on. Chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Foyles presents a dazzling insight into the mind of an author whose work comes celebrated by luminaries such as Jeanette Winterson, Ian Rankin and Stephen Fry as he talks about a subject that, directly or indirectly, affects so many of us today.

  • Podcast - Warren Ellis

    Podcast - Warren Ellis

    19/03/2013 Duration: 47min

    Twisted, gritty, spiked with mordant wit, Gun Machine is the latest bullet from the brain of Warren Ellis. It's the kind of dark detective thriller you won't have read before, but exactly what you'd expect from the award-winning creator of Transmetropolitan, Planetary and Red. Listen to Ellis at Foyles in conversation with journalist and author Sam Leith.

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