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We're a podcast for anyone who writes. Every week we talk to writers about their writing journeys and techniques, from early career debuts to self-publishers and narrative designers. We've featured Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Sara Collins, Antti Tuomainen, Val McDermid, Sarah Perry, Elif Shafak and many more! The Writing Life is produced by the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall in Norwich.
 
Expect “shock and aww, naw!” as we hear the gory details of an unspeakable true life crime. Join Janice Forsyth, Scotland’s top arts broadcaster, as she listens to the details of an arresting true crime story for the first time. Presented by a weekly guest star, uncover the gritty and gorier aspects of Scotland in this chilling conversational storytelling podcast. This is history as you’ve never heard it before. Upcoming guests include crime writers Denise Mina, Val McDermid and comedian Rob ...
 
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In this week's episode Tim and John continue their series exploring each ship in X-wing, this time examining the Tie/vn Silencer. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCXBy Tim Dugan, Carson Wray, and John McDermid
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John continue their series exploring each ship in X-wing, this time examining the Royal Naboo N-1 Starfighter. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX…
 
Writer and illustrator Neill Cameron is on the pod to talk about his debut novel Freddy Vs School, the long-running comic series MEGA ROBO BROS and contributing to fab weekly children's comic The Phoenix. Neill discusses how he got into comics and writing for younger readers, how he works complex themes into accessible stories, making the comics fo…
 
What is The Last Good Man about? When Duncan Peck arrives at a remote village in Dartmoor, he immediately notices the wall towering over it and displaying messages written by the inhabitants. Simon read it as a metaphor for social media and online discourse, Thomas references anonymous, public writing in China, and the book remains resolutely ambig…
 
BAFTA Award-winning writer and games designer Greg Kasavin joins the pod to talk about his work at Supergiant Games, focusing on the critically acclaimed smash hit HADES. The game won five BAFTA awards last week and we spoke to Greg about how he got into writing for games, his background in journalism and how Supergiant strive to merge narrative an…
 
In this week's episode John and Tim review Phoenix Cell, Skystrike Academy, and Fugitives and Collaborators Squadron Packs to see if they are worth the investment. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this epi…
 
Tom Cox is on the pod talking about his TWO new books out this year, Notebook (out now!) and Villager (out later!). Tom talks to Steph about the inspiration behind his books, including having his backpack stolen and finding himself stranded in Bristol, the importance of place in his writing (and life) and why he turned to Unbound to publish his mos…
 
In this week's episode Carson, John, and Tim discuss Vader's cost in the Tie Defender, Tápusk, and a lot of X-wing news! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Writer and actor Anni Domingo is on the pod to talk about her debut novel Breaking the Maafa Chain, the remarkable true story of Sara Forbes Bonetta. Anni discusses adapting historical research into a fictionalised retelling, how Covid-19 has disrupted her acting work and how being on our Escalator talent development scheme in 2019 helped develop h…
 
In this week's episode Carson, John, and Tim discuss talk about drawback abilities in X-wing! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!By Tim Dugan, Carson Wray, and John McDermid
 
Author and journalist Sonia Faleiro joins us to discuss The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing, her new narrative non-fiction book which examines the killing of two teenage girls in India in 2014. Sonia talks to Steph about her route into journalism and how she researches complex topics and then translates them into engaging narratives. It's a convers…
 
Writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare is on the pod this week to talk to Peggy about his latest book, Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing. It is the story of Horatio's own breakdown: a journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release, recovery and healing. On the podcast he discus…
 
In this week's episode Carson, John, and Tim discuss more pilot and upgrade cards from the upcoming Squadron Packs! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Translator William Gregory joins us on the pod to discuss translating for the stage, how he started his professional career and the challenges of working on translated material in the UK. William was a (virtual) translator in residence at BCLT from October 2020 to January 2021, and ran the theatre translation workshop during 2020’s BCLT Summer Scho…
 
In this week's episode John and Tim share their Top 5 Under Appreciated Upgrade Cards! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!By Tim Dugan, Carson Wray, and John McDermid
 
We talk to author Stephen Michael Shearer and director John Hay about To Olivia, the film adaptation of Stephen's book An Unquiet Life. Focusing on the lives of Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl, the film stars Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes and is available on Sky Cinema and Now TV from 19 February 2021. Stephen and John talk about the process of ada…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John share their thoughts on recently spoiled cards from the upcoming Squadron Packs! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Author Chris Beckett joins us this week to explore styles of dialogue in literature and how Chris uses it in his novel Two Tribes. Covering topics as wide-ranging as conversation-as-animal-grooming to Brexit, Chris shares his tips and insight into how humans interact and different ways of capturing that on the page. Asking the questions is Sam Rudd…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John share their thoughts on the major announcements coming from Atomic Mass Games' 1st X-wing Livestream, including new Squadron Packs! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please …
 
Debut author Jon Ransom shares his tips for avoiding writer's block, the importance of deadlines, why he avoids using word counts to judge progress, securing an agent during Covid-19 lockdown and how the Escalator talent development programme helped him complete his first novel The Whale Tattoo, which is due to be published by Muswell Press in 2022…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John continue their series exploring each ship in X-wing, this time examining the Resistance Transport Pod If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
To mark the end of the first series, we're delighted to share a live version of Unspeakable Scotland (recorded at Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2019). Comedian and 'Burnistoun' creator Rab Florence joined Janice on stage to tell the grisly tale of Sawney Bean. Set in the 16th century, the story features washed-up body parts, a foul-smel…
 
We're very pleased to finally have Kate Worsley guest on the pod, author of She Rises, discussing her route to publication, her time on our Escalator talent development scheme, how she has benefited from mentoring and the impact of Covid-19 on her work. Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna. Donate to the 2021 Escalator scheme: https://nationalce…
 
In this week's episode, John and Tim discuss what "synergy" is in X-wing and why your squad list doesn't necessarily need it. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
On 17th March 1926, Bertha Merrett 'shot herself' with a pistol. However, the circumstances of the act were highly suspicious. Comedian and broadcaster Susan Morrison tells the story of the Buckingham Terrace Suicide - a globe-trotting tale featuring forged cheques, speedboats, guns, airplanes and courtroom dramas! Susan's website: www.suziemo.co.u…
 
"The world of the imagination is being diminished by the day, with theatres dark, cinemas closed, and actors and musicians encouraged to retrain in more ‘viable’ professions, so books are more vital than ever, bringing us together safely at a time when we have never felt more isolated." The wonderful Nicola Upson returns to the podcast to talk abou…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John continue their series exploring each ship in X-wing, this time examining the VT-49 Decimator! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
On 14th May 1841, 50,000 people attended the last scene of crime execution in Scotland (the first in Glasgow since 1769). Dennis Doolan and Patrick Redding were sentenced to death for the alleged murder of John Green, an English ganger. The controversial killings took place in the context of industrial unrest during the construction of the Glasgow-…
 
Escalator needs your help! Our talent development scheme has helped 10 writers every year since 2004 but austerity and funding challenges means we can only fund 6 places in 2021. If you'd like to donate to help us help more writers, visit https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator-donations-2020/ On the podcast is previous Escalator particip…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John continue their series exploring each ship in X-wing, this time examining the RZ-1 A-wing. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Happy New Year! We begin 2021 with a conversation with Desmond Elliott Prize shortlisted Abi Daré, whose debut The Girl With The Louding Voice caught everyone's attention last year. Abi talks about her approach to world building and how she used the narrative voice in the book to explore its setting. Asking the questions is novelist Sarah Bower. Ho…
 
In this week's episode, Carson, Tim, and John start a new series exploring each ship in X-wing, starting with the G-1A Starfighter! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Chris Dolan (award-winning novelist and playwright) tells the story of the Appin Murder - a chilling tale set in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Uprising. Listen for a surprising connection to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, 'Kidnapped'! Chris Dolan bio: https://saraband.net/contributor/chris-dolan/ For more information about Unspeakable Sc…
 
In this special holiday edition of Radio TCX, Carson, John, and Tim take a break from their normal X-wing content to discuss all things Star Wars! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Crime writer and playwright Denise Mina tells the story of the Greenock Stowaways. In 1868, seven young Scottish boys boarded a ship bound for Canada and endured extreme hardship and cruelty. They suffered at the hands of the crew and faced the terrifying reality of the frozen landscape. This is a different kind of horror story. Denise Mina: http:/…
 
We're joined on the pod by Dutch writer Thomas Heerma van Voss, who is talking about his new chapbook, Thank You For Being With Us. We're also very pleased to have editor, writer and lecturer Andrew McDonnell asking the questions. They discuss the translation of Thomas' work, how lockdown has affected his writing in 2020 and how he crafted his shor…
 
In this week's episode John and Tim discuss the merits of an aggressive X-wing playstyle. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!By Tim Dugan, Carson Wray, and John McDermid
 
Janice sits down with crime writer Douglas Skelton to hear the case of John Adam (1835). It's a tale of greed and murder in the Highlands, with a whisper of the supernatural. It starts with the discovery of a body on the Black Isle... Douglas Skelton: http://douglasskelton.com For more information about the podcast, visit: www.thebiglight.com/unspe…
 
We talk to producer Tamsin Flower about Black Writers on Democracy, a project conceived following the Black Lives Matters protests in 2020. Funded rapidly via crowdfunding, a commissioning call was sent out to find writers from around the world to address the theme. The five written pieces have now been published and on the podcast today we talk to…
 
In this week's episode John, Carson, and Tim build lists with the newest wave of X-wing expansions! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!By Tim Dugan, Carson Wray, and John McDermid
 
Val McDermid - celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer - kicks off the very first episode of 'Unspeakable Scotland' (a new true crime series from The Big Light). Janice Forsyth listens to her tell the story of Buck Ruxton - an Indian-born British physician. The gruesome murder case is recognised for its contribution to forensic science, b…
 
Expect “shock and aww, naw!” as we hear the gory details of an unspeakable true life crime. Join Janice Forsyth, Scotland’s top arts broadcaster, as she listens to the details of an arresting true crime story for the first time. Presented by a weekly guest star, uncover the gritty and gorier aspects of Scotland in this chilling conversational story…
 
Award-winning poet Will Harris, creator of RENDANG (Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and a Guardian best poetry book of 2020), is our guest this week. Will discusses how he perceives his writing career and explores form and feeling with Flo Reynolds. Meanwhile Simon and Steph talk about our fundraising campaign for the Escalator talent …
 
In this week's episode John, Tim, and Carson are joined by guest Andy Myers to discuss the Lima Open, his Top 4 finish, and the new X-wing metagame. If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please share this episode!…
 
Think you know everything there is to know about Charles Dickens? Professor John Mullan is back with his new book The Artful Dickens to show us Dickens and his work in a completely new light, exploring the famous author's often overlooked experimental and ground-breaking techniques. John came on the show to talk everything Dickens, from the origina…
 
In this week's episode John McDermid, Carson Wray, and Tim Dugan were inspired by the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" to share some lessons they've learned from chess that can improve your X-wing play. They also give their reaction to Atomic Mass Games taking over X-wing development If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directl…
 
Stuart Turton discusses the research, editing and planning process behind The Devil and the Dark Water, as well as his route into publishing his first novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Stuart's talking to Vicki Maitland and their conversation is packed full of practical tips, fascinating insights and historical stories you will feel com…
 
In this week's episode Hyperspace Hazard host Tim Dugan quizzes Carson Wray, John McDermid, and special guest Gabo Derteano (Lima Open TO) on a variety of X-wing related topics! If you like the podcast, please consider supporting us directly by going to our Patreon page at: www.patreon.com/radiotcx Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RadioTCX Please …
 
Debut author Sally-Anne Lomas shares her route to being published, which resulted in Gatehouse Press picking up her book Live like Your Head’s on Fire. Sally-Anne talks about her experiences on our Escalator talent development scheme and the process of reaching publication. We're also joined by Sam Ruddock of Gatehouse who talks about assessing man…
 
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