September 9, 2021
This episode we're joined by comedian and founder of Objectively Funny, Martin Willis. Martin talks about the best book he's read this century - as well as The Rock's autobiography - and Shirley explains the major sex appeal of creepy Restoration poet, Andrew Marvell. TW: some discussion of violence against women.
*This episode was recorded in Feb 2021 & has taken a bloody long time to edit alongside teeny baby management.
You can find more about Objectively Funny & read the zine on their website: www.objectivelyfunny.com or on instagram @objectively.funny. AND you can find Martin Willis @martinvwillis.
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March 7, 2021
This week we're joined by Be Her Lead Co-Founder, Edith Johnson. Edith explains that she hasn't reread Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt but loved it as a teen, while podcast host, Shirley Halse, describes her teen romance with the sparkly vampires of Twilight. TW: some discussion of disordered eating.
You can find more about Be Her Lead on their website: www.beherlead.com or on social media @her_lead. The Be Her Lead conference is taking place on Saturday 20 March and you can get tickets now: www.eventbrite.com/e/be-her-lead-conference-2021-tickets-138624239833
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February 28, 2021
This week we have a very special extra episode for you. It's a Q&A with Comedian and "Benefit Scum" Tom Mayhew ahead of his radio 4 debut! We discuss his brilliant and important 2019 Edinburgh show I, Tom Mayhew which transferred to the Soho Theatre in 2020 and now has been adapted for radio.
You can listen to episode one of Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum on Radio 4 this Wednesday 3 March at 11pm and the three successive episodes on the following three Wednesdays. He's on Twitter @TomMayhew.
And you can find Alt Book Club on fb (@altbookclub) for news about comedy nights and writing workshops.
February 21, 2021
This week we're joined by podcaster and Doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, Chelsea Haith. Chelsea talks us through Spectulative Fiction, while podcast host, Shirley Halse, explains a little about Old English poem, The Dream of the Rood.
You can find Chelsea online @chelsea_haith and her podcast is Narrative Futures with @ThinkFuturesNow.
And find Alt Book Club on fb (@altbookclub) for news about comedy nights and writing workshops.
February 7, 2021
In this episode, award winning comedians Nick Page and Laura Lexx discuss their love of The Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers, and Laura reviews the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch.
Nick and Laura are on Twitter @nickpagecomedy and @lauralexx. Plus, find Laura's virtual tour dates on her website: lauralexx.co.uk
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January 24, 2021
This week we're joined for the second time by Byzantium expert Howard Butcher. Howard reviews some of the things he's learnt while learning new languages, while podcast host, Shirley Halse, talks about the 941 page, late 18th century novel Cecilia by Frances Burney.
You can't follow Howard online because "like the Romans" he eschews social media but luckily you CAN find Alt Book Club on fb (@altbookclub) for news about comedy nights and writing workshops.
January 10, 2021
This week we're joined by comedian and author Mr James Crawley. James reviews his year of reading books that are also films, while podcast host, Shirley Halse, gives some key insight into the history of art.
You can follow James on Twitter @JamesCrawley and follow his podcast Conversations with a Vicar.
And you can also join Alt Book Club on fb @altbookclub for news about comedy nights and writing workshops.
December 27, 2020
This week we're joined by comedian, PhD student and part of the 2020 Talent Factory cohort, Zoë McGee. Zoë talks us through the different and baffling critical takes on Jane Austen. Meanwhile podcast host, Shirley Halse, explains five memorable reads from this weird year.
You can follow Zoë on Twitter @theZHM and keep an eye out for her podcast: Live, Laugh, Lovecraft.
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December 13, 2020
This episode we are joined by comedian and improviser Dan Squire who joins us to talk about how he feels when people say Harry Potter is their favourite book. Host, Shirley Halse, also gives us a quick run-through of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Check out Dan on Twitter @DanSquire007 & search 'Oxford Imps' in your podcasts app to find him doing improv.
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November 29, 2020
Welcome to the first episode where we are joined by Howard Butcher. He's here to discuss Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies & host, Shirley Halse, gives us her take on Stephen Fry's Mythos.
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