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Improv Your Life with Pippa Evans

Improv Your Life with Pippa Evans

March 13, 2022

This is a very special author episode where we spoke to musical performer, improviser AND author, the exceptional Pippa Evans! Pippa talks to us about her book Improv Your Life and how improv can be a used for fun and showstopping musicals but how we also use improv every day in all aspects of our lives.

You can find more from Pippa on Twitter: @IAmPippaEvans and on Instagram: @iampippaevans. You can find out more about her courses on her website: www.pippaevans.com and you can buy her book right now from all the places you usually buy books.

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Reading habits and Titus Andronicus with Verity Babbs

Reading habits and Titus Andronicus with Verity Babbs

March 6, 2022

This episode we're joined by comedian and art curator, it's Verity Babbs! Verity talks about embracing giving up on books or reading books and remembering nothing. Shirley tells us about the funniest, goriest Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

You can find more from Verity on her Instagram @veritybabbsart and you can watch her Art Laughs series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTylnKFr4Dpu9YQ8ssI1AvQ

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Quackery and not finishing books with Kip Heath

Quackery and not finishing books with Kip Heath

February 13, 2022

This episode we're joined by our third scientist and science communicator in a row, it's the lovely Kip Heath! Kip talks about gruesome medicine from the past in the book Quackery by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen and Shirley talks about books she's never finished.

You can find more from Kip on her Twitter @miceheath.

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Audiobooks and Persuasion with Dr Emma Yhnell

Audiobooks and Persuasion with Dr Emma Yhnell

January 30, 2022

This episode we're joined by another scientist and science communicator: Dr Emma Yhnell. Emma talks about discovering audiobooks and Shirley tries to persuade you to read Persuasion.

You can find more from Emma on her Twitter @EmmaYhnell.

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Autobiographies and AI with Claire Price

Autobiographies and AI with Claire Price

January 18, 2022

This episode we're joined by scientist and science communicator Claire Price. Claire talks about the highs and lows of autobiographies and Shirley explains how babies are a billion times slower than AI.

You can find more from Claire @red_dragon25 and you can find the Merthyr Science Festival @MerthyrScience.

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This Is Not My Hat with Steve Cross and Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride with Gregory Akerman

This Is Not My Hat with Steve Cross and Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride with Gregory Akerman

November 7, 2021

This episode we're joined by comedian and creator of Science Showoff, Dr Steve Cross AND comedian and host of the Masterpiece Bookshelf podcast, Gregory Akerman. Steve brings in the This Is Not My Hat series by Jon Klassen and Greg explains the highs, lows and pure fantasy of the iconic American outlaw from Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis.

*This episode was recorded in Feb 2021 & has taken forever to edit alongside teeny baby management.

You can find more about Science Showoff on the website: scienceshowoff.org or on instagram @scienceshowoff. AND you can find Steve Cross @steve_x on twitter.

You can find more about Masterpiece Bookshelf by following the twitter: @MPBookshelf and you can also find Gregory Akerman on twitter @gregory_akerman.

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Sabrina with Martin Willis

Sabrina with Martin Willis

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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Homecoming with Edith Johnson

Homecoming with Edith Johnson

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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Special Episode with Tom Mayhew

Special Episode with Tom Mayhew

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.

Speculative Fiction with Chelsea Haith

Speculative Fiction with Chelsea Haith

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.

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