Read All About It
People talking about their favourite (and not so favourite) books
A podcast celebrating the wonderful world of books. In every episode, writer and journalist, Paul Cuddihy, takes his guests on the literary journey of their lives. They will choose their favourite book from childhood; th
Douglas Stuart, writer
Season 1, Ep. 50
Douglas Stuart is a writer whose debut novel, Shuggie Bain, has been longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Douglas went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London before moving to New York where he now lives and works. His novel, Shuggie Bain, came out in February 2020 in the United States and in August in the UK, and has received widespread acclaim from readers and critics alike. As well as the Booker Prize nomination, Douglas' book has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Kirkus Prize in the United States.
Kirstin Innes, novelist
Season 1, Ep. 49
Kirstin Innes is a novelist and journalist, whose latest novel, Scabby Queen, came out in July 2020 and has already garnered plenty of well-deserved praise from readers and critics alike. Kirstin works as a journalist and freelance arts PR when not writing, and for a number of publications, including The List, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Independent, and The Pool, and also worked for a number of excellent organisations. She has also performed at various spoken word nights and festivals, while she founded, programmed and presented the literary cabaret night, Words Per Minute, which ran between 2010-14.The following year, Kirstin’s first novel, Fishnet, was published to great acclaim and it won the Guardian Not the Booker Prize that year.
Danny Scott, Scottish Book Trust
Season 1, Ep. 48
Danny Scott is the digital marketing manager for the Scottish Book Trust, which aims to encourage reading and writing, particularly among young people. Danny is also an author in his own right, and has written a six-book series for children, the Scotland Stars FC series, which tells the story of the main character, Callum, through his love of playing football. The books also tackle a whole range of important subjects for children.And in terms of his own love of football, when he’s not promoting books or writing them, Danny can be found playing in goals for the Scottish Writers team.
Alan Bissett, writer and performer
Season 1, Ep. 47
Alan Bissett is a playwright, a novelist, a performer and a bletherer. He has published four novels – Boy Racers, The Incredible Adam Spark, Death of a Ladies’ Man and Pack Men, while his work has also appeared in numerous anthologies.He has also written many plays, while The Moira Monologues, a one-woman show that Alan wrote and performed himself, has received widespread critical acclaim, and delighted audiences throughout Scotland and beyond, as has the sequel – More Moira Monologues. Alan has also written for TV, including River City, while he was also previously involved in academia.
Rodge Glass, writer & academic
Season 1, Ep. 46
Rodge Glass is a novelist, biographer and an academic. He has published three novels, a collection of short stories and a graphic novel, as well as a highly-acclaimed and award-winning biography of the great Scottish writer, Alasdair Gray.Describing himself as ‘a bit of a Strathclyde University addict’, Dr Rodge Glass, to give him his academic title, is returning to the university for his fourth time – having previously been a student, a writer in residence and also a part-time lecturer. His new role will be as a senior lecturer in creative writing, with his main specialism in fiction, and also creative non-fiction.
Catherine Simpson, writer
Season 1, Ep. 45
Catherine Simpson is a novelist, a journalist, a poet and short story writer who is based in Edinburgh. Catherine’s debut novel, Truestory, was published by Sandstone Press in 2015, and tells the blackly comic tale of Alice who is struggling to raise her son on the isolated farm he refuses to leave. Her son, Sam, as Asperger’s and an inner world hidden from his parents. The novel was inspired by Catherine’s experiences raising her daughter, Nina, who is autistic, and Catherine and Nina have campaigned and continue to campaign for increased acceptance of autism.And in February 2019, Catherine’s memoir, When I Had A Little Sister, was published by 4th Estate. It is a story of grief, bereavement and mental illness precipitated by the death of Catherine’s younger sister, Tricia, who took her own life at the age of 46 in 2013.
Laura Marney, writer
Season 1, Ep. 44
Laura Marney is a writer who has published five novels as well as numerous short stories and plays. A graduate of the University of Glasgow’s prestigious Masters course in creative writing – a course she subsequently taught on for many years – Laura’s not only written five novels, but if there were any prizes being given out for great titles, she would win them! Who wouldn’t want to read No Wonder I Take A Drink, Nobody Loves A Ginger Baby or Only Strange People Go To Church.