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Ideas, writing, words and conversation

It's about words, written and read, maybe spoken out loud in person, on stage, or recorded and even sung and presented (mostly) by Philip Holden.Long form chats with creators and users of words - pretty relaxed - just yo
Latest Episode2/24/2021

Absurdism/Wednesday with David Quantick

Ep. 9
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people about words and books and the how, why, when and where of writing. The guests bring along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the award-winning writer David Quantick whose TV credits include The Day Today, So Graham Norton, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Veep for which he won an Emmy. he's also written and presented shows on radio and TV and has now written several novels and books about the craft of writing.Given that I was speaking to a comedy writer, there is a spectacularly badly judged and poorly delivered joke at about the 1 hour mark..from me. If you are of a sensitive disposition etc etc...The word David brought along was wednesday not in itself an interesting definition, but it leads on to the curious word 'hebdomad'. My word, absurdism isn't there, but absurd and surrealism are both so you can explore these words at the fun Visuwords dictionary just by clicking them. Take a look at the links below to order David's books or some of the other titles we mentioned.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, eventually you will be able visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm...eventually...Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksIf you're interested, you can check out the words we contributed by clicking these links through to the Visuwords dictionary. Wednesday may not seem very interesting, but it leads on to the word ‘hebdomad’. Check it out.Absurdism isn’t in the dictionary though absurd is so you’ll just have to make do (or you could look up surrealism I guess), You can click on the links here to order any of David’s books (though some are due to be reprinted to keep checking)Night Train is his latest and David has thoughtfully provided a link to his Night Train playlist on Spotify!David's other recent novels are here - All My Colours and The Mule. For help and inspiration in your writing try David's How to be a Writer or How to Write Everything. David talked about NF Simpson as a forerunner of the Goons and Monty Python. Ian Greaves has edited a recent compilation of some of his work entitled Most of What Follows is a Complete Waste of Time. David was also reading the Elizabeth Jane Howard Cazalet Chronicles. There are five books in the series so you can read them in order...The Light YearsMarking TimeConfusionCasting OffAll Change Jonathan Meades Peter Knows what Dick Likes isn’t currently in print (though I’m sure we could track down a copy) but his Pedro and Ricky Come Again : Selected Writing 1988-2020 is published in March so you can order it now.George Saunders Booker winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo had A Swim in a Pond in the Rain published in January. And there are lots of memoirs, poetry and collections of writing by Clive James. David recommended Cultural Amnesia : Notes in the Margin of My Timewhich can also be ordered just by clicking on the link.All the books you order through these links help support Mr Books and this podcast and, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, just visit the Mr Books webiste at www.mrbooks.co.uk and we'll do our best to track it down for you.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog
2/24/2021

Absurdism/Wednesday with David Quantick

Ep. 9
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people about words and books and the how, why, when and where of writing. The guests bring along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the award-winning writer David Quantick whose TV credits include The Day Today, So Graham Norton, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Veep for which he won an Emmy. he's also written and presented shows on radio and TV and has now written several novels and books about the craft of writing.Given that I was speaking to a comedy writer, there is a spectacularly badly judged and poorly delivered joke at about the 1 hour mark..from me. If you are of a sensitive disposition etc etc...The word David brought along was wednesday not in itself an interesting definition, but it leads on to the curious word 'hebdomad'. My word, absurdism isn't there, but absurd and surrealism are both so you can explore these words at the fun Visuwords dictionary just by clicking them. Take a look at the links below to order David's books or some of the other titles we mentioned.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, eventually you will be able visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm...eventually...Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksIf you're interested, you can check out the words we contributed by clicking these links through to the Visuwords dictionary. Wednesday may not seem very interesting, but it leads on to the word ‘hebdomad’. Check it out.Absurdism isn’t in the dictionary though absurd is so you’ll just have to make do (or you could look up surrealism I guess), You can click on the links here to order any of David’s books (though some are due to be reprinted to keep checking)Night Train is his latest and David has thoughtfully provided a link to his Night Train playlist on Spotify!David's other recent novels are here - All My Colours and The Mule. For help and inspiration in your writing try David's How to be a Writer or How to Write Everything. David talked about NF Simpson as a forerunner of the Goons and Monty Python. Ian Greaves has edited a recent compilation of some of his work entitled Most of What Follows is a Complete Waste of Time. David was also reading the Elizabeth Jane Howard Cazalet Chronicles. There are five books in the series so you can read them in order...The Light YearsMarking TimeConfusionCasting OffAll Change Jonathan Meades Peter Knows what Dick Likes isn’t currently in print (though I’m sure we could track down a copy) but his Pedro and Ricky Come Again : Selected Writing 1988-2020 is published in March so you can order it now.George Saunders Booker winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo had A Swim in a Pond in the Rain published in January. And there are lots of memoirs, poetry and collections of writing by Clive James. David recommended Cultural Amnesia : Notes in the Margin of My Timewhich can also be ordered just by clicking on the link.All the books you order through these links help support Mr Books and this podcast and, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, just visit the Mr Books webiste at www.mrbooks.co.uk and we'll do our best to track it down for you.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog
1/15/2021

Lies/Footballification with James O'Brien

Season 1, Ep. 8
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words, about words, using words ...and dispose of them like there's no tomorrow. The guests bring along a word and so do I...and if that's not a copper-bottomed format, I don't know what is...In this episode, I spoke with the journalist, LBC broadcaster and author, James O’Brien about his latest book How Not to be Wrong, the art of changing your mind.James brought along the word footballification which screws up the dictionary link I usually put here so I've linked to tribalism instead. Maybe we can start a campaign to get footballification into the OED. My word was lies. You can probably see the connection.James and I chatted about the events in Washington and how and why liars prosper and how we got to this sorry state. We also talked about his approach to writing his books, his upbringing in a loving adopted family and, what he calls, the 'golden ticket' of an expensive, private education. We also talked about his experience of therapy, and how you go about challenging long-held viewsIdeas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm...assuming there isn't a lockdown...CREDITS & linksYou can click here to order a copy of James’ How to be Right, in a world gone wrong and click here for a copy of How Not to be Wrong, the art of changing your mind (though it’s briefly out of stock).If you’d like a signed copy for £9.99, please email us or use the enquiry form on the Mr Books website.We briefly mentioned Dorothy Rowe’s book Why We Lie which you can order at Mr Books and James also mentioned John Rawls in passing who wrote A Theory of Justice and about whom there are lots of books written just go here and search.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/ideasinwriting.
12/15/2020

Palimpsest/Theatre with Ian McMillan

Season 1, Ep. 7
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even sung and, sometimes only uttered in your mind... The guests bring along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the lovely Ian McMillan – he's a poet, of course, and a playwright and a columnist and you've probasbly seen him on TV and listened to him on BBC radio. But have you seen him on a giant toilet in Leicester Square? No? Well, stay tuned.We talked about Darfield in Yorkshire where he was born and lives, escaping and making a living as a poet. We talked briefly about his daily tweeting and how that sharpens his mind. We also talked about him visiting Tonbridge for an event as soon as possible.Ian - without ever having listened to the podcast before - chose the word palimpsest (see episode one!) whilst I chose theatre - you'll see why if you listen. And don't forget to check out the visual representation of the network of words emanating from those - by clicking on the links.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksIan’s book To Fold the Evening Star is available from Mr Books bookshop or, you can go straight to this link to order online - I think it might be due for a reprint!Ian mentioned a couple of books; The Excitement of Writing by Sir Alec Clegg (1963) which is not currently in print – but we may be able to track down secondhand copies. You can find out something of the man at www.alecclegg.com which reports on a 2017 ‘retrospective’ of his pioneering work.The Richard Matthewman Stories by Ian McMillan and Martyn Whiley (2009. Pomona Press) is £8.99 but again you can get this from Mr Books or order online here. Ian also briefly mentioned Peter Brook’s The Empty Space (2008, Penguin) which is £9.99 and available from Mr Books here. Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/ideasinwriting.
11/27/2020

Philanthropist/Sketch with Scarlett & Sophie Rickard

Season 1, Ep. 6
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even sung and, why not, hand drawn? The guests bring along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the brilliant Sophie and Scarlett Rickard creators of a graphic novel version of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – the hugely influential book by Robert Tressell is long and sometimes difficult to read but this version ISN'T!, This is a really emotional and moving story (that happens to explain capitalism) and which tells the story of the people who suffer most.We talk about how the Rickard Sisters started writing and drawing in Whalley in Lancashire, just up the road from where I was born, the difficulties of adapting a huge book, how they work remotely, their admiration for TV and film adaptations and a bit about politics and bookshops.The word Sophie and Scarlett brought along was philanthropy and we discuss that a little, whilst mine was sketch. You can explore these words at the fun Visuwords dictionary by clicking them.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksSophie and Scarlett’sThe Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Self Made Hero, £14.39) and Mann's Best Friend (Gluepot Books, £14.95) can be ordered from Mr Books.Sophie mentioned – Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Aaron Bastani (verso, £9.00) which you can also order from Mr Books.We all raved about Allan and Janet Ahlberg – you can see more of their books at our list of essential children’s books.You can contribute to the Rickard Sisters Ragged Education Project – buying a book for a school, a prison or a pupil referral unit by visiting their website here.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog
8/24/2020

Play/Pagoda with Arthur Smith

Season 1, Ep. 5
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even (once again) sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the brilliant Arthur Smith who has been at the top of the tree of comedy for many many years and is often cited by other comedians as a hero. Arthur is one of the few performers who can genuinely claim to be a national treasure having become a fixture on Radio 4 on shows like Loose Ends and the One Show for BBC TV. He is also practically the headline act of every Edinburgh Fringe and frequently persuades visitors in summer that Arthur's Seat is named after him.Above all Arthur is a wordsmith (dammit, why didn't I say THAT during the podcast?) and apart from obviously writing his own material (and giving comedy masterclasses) he writes movingly about his upbringing, his parents, his love of walking, friendship and just getting on with life. Many of his pieces are collected in his new book 100 Things I Meant to Tell You.Arthur and I talked about his love of walking which started as a boy hiking around the Lakes and along the Pennine Way. We talk about nearly killing his audience, his worst gig and how he's managing to get through lock down without performing and without his beloved Edinburgh Festival.Arthur's word for this episode should have been Pagoda whilst mine was Play but for reasons I explain...kind of...we didn't even mention them. Nevertheless, it was a lovely chat with a lovely bloke.You can order Arthur's books from Mr Books Bookshop here and you can find out about Arthur's gigs (when they do eventually happen) and his Patreon page at his website, here.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksYou can order the books mentioned via Mr Books and get 20% off for August and September 2020, if you mention 'Ideas in Writing'Arthur’s 100 Things I Meant to Tell You. (AA) is £14.39.(RRP £17.99).Arthur also mentioned a couple of other books - The Lives And Extraordinary Adventures Of Fifteen Tramp Writers From The Golden Age Of Vagabondage by Ian Cutler (Feral House) is £10.39 (RRP £12.99) and The Complete Short Stories by Saki (Penguin) is £8.79 (RRP £10.99)Alfred Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey: The Story of a Long Walk in 1938 (1986) is not currently available unfortunately.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog
8/3/2020

Connection/Auto-correct with Liam Drew

Season 1, Ep. 4
I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the science writer Liam Drew, author of I-Mammal, a great book about what it means to be a mammal.Liam's word for this episode was Connection whilst mine was auto-correct (I can't link to my usual Visuwords as it's not there; the Oxford English Dictionary only listed it in 2011 here..so here's the word 'correct' instead).We talked about Liam's book and his writing for Nature, New Scientist and the Guardian amongst others. We talked about what makes science-writing good and how Liam made the transition from being a neuroscientist - studying the senses and epilepsy - to a freelance writer. We discussed evolution, brain implants, the need for a human perspective on science stories, scientists, pandemics, Twitter antivaxxers and his forthcoming book for children...but we didn't talk about the Tapir.You can order Liam's book from Mr Books Bookshop here (and find out about the tapir yourself). You can find Liam's other writing by going to Nature and searching for his name. Likewise at the New Scientist website and The Guardian.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksLiam also mentioned a few writers that he admires so here they are...Gay Talese - http://www.gaytalese.com (takes you to his page at his publishers Random House)Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/ and at the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/profile/rebeccasolnitEd Yong https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ed-yong/Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog
7/1/2020

Quodlibet/Craft with Tom Carradine

Season 1, Ep. 3
Hello, I'm Philip Holden and in this episode I talk to Tom Carradine, a dapper chap who is well known for his Cockney Singalong. Tom's word of the episode is quodlibet (no, me neither) while mine is craft, which I think suits the skill and talent Tom brings to the podcast. In this this chat Tom talks about his experience in the pit of West End musicals and as a piano entertainer - preserving and sharing great songs from over a century ago right up to the present day(ish). We discuss what makes a funny and engaging song - and how come we all know the chorus. You can find lots of Tom's work at - www.tomcarradine.com and www.carradinescockneysingalong.co.uk. Look for his singalong on Facebook and/or tomcarradinepianist and follow him on Twitter @tomcarradine Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. You can find it at mrbooks.co.uk and on Twitter @mrbooks_ton to order all kinds of books new and second hand – or you can visit them – at least when they reopen after the Covid lockdown. CREDITS & links Tom also mentioned Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys http://champagnecharliemusic.co.uk and Michael Roulston and Sarah Louise Young http://www.roulstonandyoung.co.uk/ Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencaster and Anchor.fm The Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dog