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Brought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd, with author and broadcaster Emma Byrne, NonFicPod is your home for the latest nonfiction must-reads. Our premium podcast, Sh*t I Wish I'd Known, teaches you
Latest Episode8/17/2021

Nina Mingya Powles - Small Bodies of Water

Season 1, Ep. 13
We're in the mood for reflections this week: on a girlhood spent between cultures; on the shyness of life in poetry; on resilience when writing long-form, and of dream-like watery scenes past and present. Our guest is Nina Mingya Powles, whose latest collection of essays - Small Bodies of Water - spans oceans, pools and ponds worldwide - and is currently attracting heaps of praise.The extended version of the show contains ‘Sh*t I Wish I’d Known’ from Nina’s perspective as an award-winning nature writer, editor and self-described 'anxious poet'. What were the early steps in her publishing journey? How does she handle her urge to hide away? And what does it mean to have 'a career in creative writing' anyway? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut, for Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up. Join us atwww.patreon.com/join/nonficpodNina Mingya Powles is a poet, zine maker and founding editor from Aotearoa, with three published poetry collections to her name, as well as Bitter Melon, a small press showcasing poets from the Asian diaspora. Her latest work, Small Bodies of Water, won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing.You can find Nina at www.ninapowles.com, onTwitter and Instagram @ninamingya, and through her monthly(ish) Tiny Letter, Comfort Food.Link to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)Organisations, Events, and Books mentioned:- Bitter Melon website- Nan Shepherd prize https://nanshepherdprize.com/- Wellington zinefest https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/- Maggie Nelson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maggie-nelson- Jake Spicer, ‘You Will Be Able to Draw By the End of this Book’- Usborne’s Step-by-Step Drawing books https://usborne.com/gb/activities-for-kids/step-by-step-drawing- Cathy Rentzenbrink, ‘A Manual for Heartache: How to feel Better’, and ‘The Last Act of Love: the Story of My Brother and His Sister’Find Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts:Emma ByrneandGeorgie Codd- Producer: Georgie Codd- Guest: Nina Mingya Powles- Producer:Beatrice Bazell- Composer:Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne,NonFicPodis your home for the latest nonfiction must-reads. Our premium podcast,Sh*t I Wish I'd Knownteaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and life.
8/17/2021

Nina Mingya Powles - Small Bodies of Water

Season 1, Ep. 13
We're in the mood for reflections this week: on a girlhood spent between cultures; on the shyness of life in poetry; on resilience when writing long-form, and of dream-like watery scenes past and present. Our guest is Nina Mingya Powles, whose latest collection of essays - Small Bodies of Water - spans oceans, pools and ponds worldwide - and is currently attracting heaps of praise.The extended version of the show contains ‘Sh*t I Wish I’d Known’ from Nina’s perspective as an award-winning nature writer, editor and self-described 'anxious poet'. What were the early steps in her publishing journey? How does she handle her urge to hide away? And what does it mean to have 'a career in creative writing' anyway? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut, for Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up. Join us atwww.patreon.com/join/nonficpodNina Mingya Powles is a poet, zine maker and founding editor from Aotearoa, with three published poetry collections to her name, as well as Bitter Melon, a small press showcasing poets from the Asian diaspora. Her latest work, Small Bodies of Water, won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing.You can find Nina at www.ninapowles.com, onTwitter and Instagram @ninamingya, and through her monthly(ish) Tiny Letter, Comfort Food.Link to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)Organisations, Events, and Books mentioned:- Bitter Melon website- Nan Shepherd prize https://nanshepherdprize.com/- Wellington zinefest https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/- Maggie Nelson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maggie-nelson- Jake Spicer, ‘You Will Be Able to Draw By the End of this Book’- Usborne’s Step-by-Step Drawing books https://usborne.com/gb/activities-for-kids/step-by-step-drawing- Cathy Rentzenbrink, ‘A Manual for Heartache: How to feel Better’, and ‘The Last Act of Love: the Story of My Brother and His Sister’Find Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts:Emma ByrneandGeorgie Codd- Producer: Georgie Codd- Guest: Nina Mingya Powles- Producer:Beatrice Bazell- Composer:Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne,NonFicPodis your home for the latest nonfiction must-reads. Our premium podcast,Sh*t I Wish I'd Knownteaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and life.
8/10/2021

We Swim to the Shark - Georgie Codd

Season 1, Ep. 12
GuestGeorgie Codd has worked behind the scenes at a funeral parlour, taught English in a Himalayan nunnery, edited publications for the Tibetan Government in Exile, and shadowed drug dealers in Florida City.Winner of the Seth Donaldson Bursary, with an MA in Prose Writing from the University of East Anglia, Georgie’s first book is We Swim to the Shark. Described by theTimes Literary Supplement as an almost spiritual mission, We Swim to the Shark blends memoir, reportage, nature writing and insights into mental health.You can find Georgie at https://www.georgiecodd.co.uk/ and of course, hosting Nonfic Pod!In this episode we talk about BBC Storyville Documentary Collective, the book The Festival Organiser's Bible and of course, We Swim To The SharkWe also talk - a lot - about wildwordsfest.comFind the transcript here.Books, Articles, Pods, and Organisations Mentioned:Rebecca Foster, ‘Phobias’, Times Literary Supplement review of We Swim to the SharkDouglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Society of AuthorsSpread the WordNational Centre of WritingWriting Excuses podcastCollective, documentary directed by Alexander NanauThe Grenfell Tower Inquiry https://www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/Sherborne Literary Festival https://www.sherborneliterarysociety.com/eventsJudith Spelman, The Festival Organiser's Bible: How to plan, organise and run a successful festivalWild Worlds Festival, wildworldsfest.comZimFest https://www.zimfestlive.comFind Us Online- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts: Emma Byrne and Georgie Codd- Producers: Emma Byrne, Beatrice Bazell- Guest: Georgie Codd- Composer: Mike Wyer
7/13/2021

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah - The Sex Lives of African Women

Season 1, Ep. 10
Trigger warning: this episode contains brief references to sexual abuse and trauma.With its eye-catching title, bold ambition, and cover that simply cannot be ignored, The Sex Lives of African Women is set to get temperatures sizzling this summer. Join Codd as she meets with its author, the writer Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, to discuss womanhood, writing, Africa and, ahem, SEX.The extended version of the show contains ‘Sh*t I Wish I’d Known’ from Nana’s perspective as an author, story-collector and feminist activist. How does she approach interviews and transcripts? What advice would she give to other African writers aiming to publish? And what's the one question she wishes somebody would ask her? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut, for Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up. Join in atwww.patreon.com/join/nonficpodNana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Ghanaian writer, public speaker and feminist activist, working as Director of Communications and Media for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. In early 2009, with Malaka Grant, she co-founded the award-winning blog: Adventures From the Bedrooms of African Women, as a space to focus on African women, sex and sexualities.Her writing has been published in the Guardian, openDemocracy, and Essence.You can find Nana at www.darkoathewriter.com, onTwitter@nas009 and on Instagram @dfordarkoaLink to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)People, Organisations, and Works Mentioned- Association for Women's Rights in Development link: https://www.awid.org/- Farafina Trust: http://farafinatrust.org/about-us/about-farafina-trust/- Dorothy Koomson: https://twitter.com/DorothyKoomson- Robert Caskie, Nana's agent: https://twitter.com/rcaskie1- Sharmaine Lovegrove, Dialogue Books Founder: https://twitter.com/SharLovegrove- It Wasn’t Exactly Love: Stories from the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop 2012 https://farafinabooks.com/books-store/it-wasnt-exactly-love- The Pot And Other Stories https://www.femrite.org/the-pot-and-other-stories/Podcasts and Books from Byrne and Codd's Chat:Today in Focus podcastThe Last Archive podcastRonan Farrow, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect PredatorsEmma Byrne, Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad LanguageAnnabelle Sami, Llama Out Loud!Tim Guest, My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the GuruFind Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts:Emma ByrneandGeorgie Codd- Producer: Georgie Codd- Guest: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah- Assistant Producer:Beatrice Bazell- Composer:Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne,NonFicPodis your home for the latest nonfiction must-reads. Our premium podcast,Sh*t I Wish I'd Knownteaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and life.
6/29/2021

Emma Byrne - How to Build a Human

Season 1, Ep. 9
You know how some lines almost leap from the page? In this episode of NonFicPod, there's one that Codd can't shake: ‘When it comes to communicating details about diet, health, sex and mood, an anal gland can be surprisingly eloquent.’Hit 'play' for a rollicking chat around our very own Emma Byrne's second book, How to Build a Human: what science knows about childhood.For our Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up, the extended version of the show contains ‘Shit I Wish I’d Known’ from Emma’s perspective as an author, scientist, and public speaker. How does she balance being a mum with being a writer? Where does she find her team mates when writing solo? How has she handled the dreaded 'burnout'? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut. Find out how athttps://www.patreon.com/join/nonficpodDr Emma Byrne is an actual robot scientist – a robot scientist! – who writes for Wired, the Guardian, Forbes and the FT. She frequently appears on the BBC and Sky News talking about the future of robotics and artificial intelligence; has packed out pubs and convention halls with her talks, and in case you hadn’t noticed yet, is also the esteemed founder and co-host of NonFicPod.You can find Emma at www.emmabyrne.net, and onTwitterat @SciWriBy and @How2BuildAHuman Link to transcript of this episodehere(Google doc)People and Works Mentioned:Lawrence Wright,Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of BeliefLawrence Wright,God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star StateLawrence Wright, ‘Lives of the Saints’, 2002 article on the future of Mormonism in The New Yorker [paywall]Find Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts:Emma ByrneandGeorgie Codd- Producer: Georgie Codd- Guest:Emma Byrne- Socials and transcription:Beatrice Bazell- Composer:Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne,NonFicPodis your home for the latest nonfiction must-reads. Our premium podcast,Sh*t I Wish I'd Knownteaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and life.
6/14/2021

Nadia Owusu - Aftershocks

Season 1, Ep. 8
This episode's transcript can be found hereNadia Owusu is a woman whose life story spans continents. Losses and uprootings marked her early life, leaving her with questions about her worth, her identity, even her sanity. A woman with an emotional seismometer, always attuned to the possibility of loss, she witnessed civil war, terrorism, and the ravages of colonialism and anti-blackness. She was also abandoned by her birth mother, lost her father to cancer, and fought with her widowed stepmother for the truth of her father’s memory.Described by Margo Jefferson as “rigorous and luminous” and byXiaolu Guo as “intense and intimate” Aftershocks is a beautiful, moving, unflinching memoir of a woman who transcends boundaries and defies categories.GuestYou can find Nadia Owusu on twitter at @NadiaOwusu1 on Instagram @wheresnadia and online at nadiaaowusu.com Her Whiting Award-winning memoir Aftershocks is available now.Works & Authors Mentioned:Go Tell It on the Mountain - James BaldwinRen Hang (Eponymous)How to Build a Human - Emma ByrneFind Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts: Emma Byrne and Georgie Codd- Producer: Emma Byrne and Georgie Codd- Guest: Nadia Owusu- Social Team: Beatrice Bazell and Felicity Quick- Composer: Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne, NonFicPod is your home for the latest nonfiction must reads. Our premium podcast, Sh*t I Wish I'd Known teaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and about life.
5/25/2021

Nikesh Shukla - Brown Baby

Season 1, Ep. 7
Parenting could well be the world's toughest job. On the plus side, fatherhood's giving Nikesh Shukla some great writing material. Join us as he talks about finding motivation - both as a father and an author - and speaks openly about his frustration at publishing in a pandemic.For our Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up, the extended version of the show contains ‘Shit I Wish I’d Known’ from Nikesh’s perspective as a mentor, author and comedy-writer. What role does humour play in his work? How is he processing grief through publishing? Why does he think his daughters will tell him to "F*ck off" eventually? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut. Find out how athttps://www.patreon.com/join/nonficpodNikesh Shukla is an author, editor, journalist, podcaster and screenwriter with three novels to his name – including the Costa shortlisted debut, Coconut Unlimited. It’s safe to say he is something of a writing powerhouse: he has also authored two books for young adults, edited the bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant (co-editing its 2019 follow-up for US audiences) AND co-founded the literary journal The Good Journal.In February 2021, Nikesh published a new true story of his own, the book Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, which is accompanied by a weekly podcast of the same name.You can find Nikesh at www.nikesh-shukla.com, and onTwitterandInstagramLink to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)Works & Authors Mentioned:James Baldwin, novelist and essayist, essay 'The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity.' Quote cited: 'You must decide all over again whether you want to be famous or whether you want to write.'Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and journalistRobert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceNikesh Shukla, essay 'Namaste' in The Good ImmigrantCesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar's WayEmma Byrne, How to Build a Human (forthcoming)Find Us Online- Patreon:www.patreon.com/nonficpod- Bookshop: www.uk.bookshop.org/shop/nonficpod- Twitter:www.twitter.com/nonficpod- Ko-Fi:ko-fi.com/nonficpodCredits- Hosts:Emma ByrneandGeorgie Codd- Producer: Georgie Codd- Guest:Nikesh Shukla- Socials and transcription:Beatrice Bazell- Composer:Mike WyerAbout UsBrought to you by author and publishing rockstar Georgie Codd and author and broadcaster Emma Byrne,NonFicPodis your home for the latest nonfiction must reads. Our premium podcast,Sh*t I Wish I'd Knownteaches you the lessons that we (and our guests) have learned about writing - and life.