By UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, on 30 November 2021
This week I chat with cartoonist, illustrator and writer Tom Gauld all about drawing, writing, and creating witty comics. We also chat about his new book The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess which he wrote and illustrated. An interesting insight into the mind of a very busy creator!
Things mentioned in the episode: Amphigorey by Edward Gorey PG Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster TV show The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey Grimm’s Fairy-Tales The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage by the Brothers Grimm
By UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, on 23 November 2021
This week UCL’s Vice Dean of Wellbeing, Professor Samantha Rayner, chats with Henry Eliot, Creative Editor of Penguin Classics, about his new book. They meander through literary landscapes, how the time of year affects how we perceive stories, why we reach for classics, the wellbeing effects of walking and reading, and how one goes about creating compendium and companion books.
Things mentioned in the episode: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer William Morris Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory PG Wodehouse Finnegans Wake by James Joyce Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Iain Sinclair The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne Charles Dickens War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy David Copperfield by Charles Dickens The Small Hand by Susan Hill The Penguin Modern Classics Book by Henry Eliot Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis The Book of Disquiet by Bernardo Soares Água Viva (The Stream of Life) by Clarice Lispector Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift Selected Poems of TS Eliot The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville Ernest Hemingway Graham Green Ivy Compton-Burnett Colette JD Salinger The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati Franz Kafka Samuel Beckett Locos by Felipe Alfau
By UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, on 16 November 2021
I chat with writer and academic Professor Sunny Singh all about translations, why representation is needed and how important it is to see other people’s stories. We also chat about the Jhalak Prize, whether teaching creative pursuits is therapeutic, and how powerful the stories and relationships attached to books can be.
Things mentioned in the episode: Salman Rushdie Amitabh Bachchan by Prof Sunny Singh Georgette Heyer Hindi and Urdu poetry The Grand Sophie by Georgette Heyer Inferno by Dante Hotel Arcadia by Prof Sunny Singh Alice Walker Critical Fictions: The Politics of Imaginative Writing bell hooks Three Fat Men (Три толстяка) by Yury Olesha Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
By UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, on 9 November 2021
Illustrator and bookseller Tamsin Rosewell joins me today to talk about her experiences of reading and how she made the move into bookselling and illustration. She shares her deep love of non-fiction and how the speed at which you read has no bearing on how good a book is. We chat about parcel hogs, window displays, and whether Blake’s Tyger was in fact an epic cat.
Things mentioned in the episode: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman Catherine Johnson Cecily by Annie Garthwaite Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor M. R. James Georgette Heyer Thornhill by Pam Smy The Reacher Guy by Lee Child Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake The Tyger by William Blake Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes