Curated by: Anna Grigoryan

We can't contain our excitement - the Women's Prize for Fiction has announced the long list nominees for the 2023 prize, and we're beyond thrilled to dive into their captivating stories. From debut authors to established voices, this year's list showcases the incredible range of talent and creativity that women writers bring to the literary world. To enhance our reading experience and to get to know the nominees even better, we've curated a playlist of interviews where they share their journeys as writers, their inspirations, and the themes that drive their work.
12 episodes
512 min
Last updated: Apr 25, 2023
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S4 Ep10 Cecile Pin - Novel Experience
Novel Experience

Journalist and debut author Cecile Pin. Author of Women's Prize long-listed WANDERING SOULS, a luminous debut about the lives of three young refugees and the echo their experience has through generations.

Cecile chats about:

how her philosophy degrees feed into her writinginterviewing Ocean Vuong as her first journalism gighow the background of her book was pieced together using her own family history transcripts from downing street meetings and videos on youtube the benefits of being in a writing group.

Guest: Cecile Pin Twitter: @CecilekvPin. IG: @cecilekvpin Books: Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin

Host: Kate Sawyer Twitter: @katesawyer IG: @mskatesawyer  Books: The Stranding by Kate Sawyer , This Family (coming May 2023. Available to pre-order now!)

Cecile’s book recommendations:

Books for fan’s of Cecile’s work: Human Acts by Han Kang, The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson, Atonement by Ian McEwan

A book Cecile has always loved: Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

A book that’s been published recently or is coming soon: Ghost Girl, Banana by Wiz Wharton

Other books discussed in this episode: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo, Greek Lessons by Han Kang

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Vol 3: Sheena Patel - I'm A Fan
Capital XTRA Book Club with Leah Davis
Meet Sheena Patel and her debut novel 'I'm A Fan' a read that she proudly exclaims might make you feel a bit sick. This captivating story centres a nameless protagonist as she battles her way through a complex relationship with a drastic power imbalance. Sheena is an exciting new voice in literature that I am absolutely fascinated by!
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Author NoViolet Bulawayo's novel 'Glory' draws inspiration from the Orwellian
NPR's Book of the Day
Author NoViolet Bulawayo's new novel Glory is quite openly based on Orwell's Animal Farm and the 2017 coup in Zimbabwe that ousted then president Robert Mugabe. Horses rule the country, dogs are the military, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are the everyday people. The government that has been in control of the country Jidada for 40 years has fallen to rebellion. But, as these things go, it quickly turns sour. Bulawayo told NPR's Scott Simon that "it is simply an issue of the leadership kind of forgetting [...] why the people they – that fought to serve – made the sacrifice that they did."
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S5 Ep45: Sophie Mackintosh, novelist
In Writing with Hattie Crisell
This week's guest is Sophie Mackintosh, author of books including the Booker Prize-longlisted The Water Cure, and new novel Cursed Bread. Sophie talks to me about the optimum balance of social life and writing life; how playlists help her get into the worlds of her novels; and how she powers her work with 'little treats'. Browse Sophie's books in the In Writing bookshop to support this podcast and independent booksellers: This season of In Writing is sponsored by Curtis Brown Creative. Use code INWRITING20 for £20 off one of their four, five, six, or ten-week online writing courses. Visit to find out more. Sign up for the In Writing newsletter and join my writers' community on Substack: 
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Maggie O’Farrell
The historical fiction author on bringing to life the “beauty and brutality” of Renaissance Italy.
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Louise Kennedy on Coming to Writing Later in Life & Short Form vs. Long Form
Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire

Today's guest is Louise Kennedy, author of Trespasses. Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, a shattering novel about a young woman caught between allegiance to community and a dangerous passion. Louise joined me to talk about how her own life informed the novel. Also covered: Coming to writing later in life, and short stories vs. novel writing.

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What Would Other Species Tell Us If They Could Talk? POD author Laline Paull on telling "humanimal" stories in the voice of other species
Keen On
In this KEEN ON episode, Andrew talks to POD author Laline Paul about how to tell "Humanimal" stories that will get us to recognize our collective guilt in the destruction of nature. London-born and of Indian heritage, Laline Paull studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theater in her home city. Her most recent novel is The Bees, which was a resounding critical and commercial success in the United States and Britain. She lives in the English countryside with her family. Her latest novel is POD (2023) Name as one of the "100 most connected men" by GQ magazine, Andrew Keen is amongst the world's best known broadcasters and commentators. In addition to presenting KEEN ON, he is the host of the long-running How To Fix Democracy show. He is also the author of four prescient books about digital technology: CULT OF THE AMATEUR, DIGITAL VERTIGO, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER and HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE. Andrew lives in San Francisco, is married to Cassandra Knight, Google's VP of Litigation & Discovery, and has two grown children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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27. The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Literature & Libations

Kayla and Taylor discuss the themes and major beats of Parini Shroff’s debut novel, The Bandit Queens. Topics include dark humor, the realness of the women in the book, and the genius of Parini Shroff.

This week’s drink: Spicy Mango Moscow Mule via Fresh Flavorful


3 oz ginger beer1.5 oz vodka (jalapeno or habanero infused, optional)1 oz mango puree.5 oz lime juice (½ lime)1 ¼ inch jalapeno round


Make mango puree. Peel mango and add flesh to a blender or food processor, reserving a few spears for garnish. Add the juice of ½ a lime and enough water to process the fruit and turn it into a pourable puree. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.In a large shaker add 1 jalapeño round (de-seeded if desired). Press down with the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to crush, releasing the oils.Add mango puree, vodka and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice and shake to combine.Strain mixture over ice in a copper mug or tall glass. There's no need to strain over ice if omitting the jalapeño, simply pour it all in a mug instead.Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a chili-dipped mango spear.

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Writer's Forum: Tara Stringfellow
WRBH Reading Radio Original Programming Podcasts
In this week's episode, Michael talks with author, Tara Stringfellow, to discuss her new debut novel, Memphis