Podcast – The Dale Hurst Writing Show

The Dale Hurst Writing Show is a podcast discussing and exploring various issues surrounding writing, publishing, and storytelling. The Dale Hurst Writing Show

Episodes will air every two weeks, ending just before Christmas with a festive special. Other episodes will feature your host, Dale Hurst, speaking with authors at various stages of their careers, plus poets, filmmakers and other creatives about issues relating to writing, publishing and storytelling.

EPISODE 1. KEEPING FANTASY FRESH

Special Guest: Daniel Pride, Author

Listen to the full episode here on Spotify.

This episode explores fresh ways in which authors can approach the done-to-death fantasy genre. How can they break the mould that J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin set? And what can they look to for inspiration beyond the ubiquitous Norse mythology?

Daniel Pride is the author of the work-in-progress fantasy story Elayre: Risen King. He is also an entrepreneur and photographer. Therefore, you can check out some of his work at Silver Eden Photography on Instagram.

EPISODE 2. THE ART OF THRILLER WRITING

Special Guest: Collin Glavac, Author, Playwright

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The second episode features spy novelist Collin Glavac, author of the John Carpenter series. As such, Collin is something of a seasoned expert when it comes to the thriller genre. In our discussion, I grill him on the “key ingredients” for perfecting the art of crafting a perfect thriller, and also find out what would compel him to turn his hand to a James Bond novel. Furthermore, I find out a little more about his urban YA fantasy, Vaulter’s Magic.

Check Collin and his work out on Instagram and Goodreads.

EPISODE 3. THE EASTERN INFLUENCE

Special Guest: S.P. Thane, Poet, Lyricist

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He may be a master of rhythm and rhyme, but S. P. Thane is also something of an expert on Far Eastern literature, storytelling, and art forms, such as manga and anime. While his current projects circulate his capacities as a poet and short story writer, he also has a manga in the works. One that blurs the lines between Eastern and Western storytelling conventions, which began as a collaboration with graphic designer and illustrator Michał Musiałek.

I find out more about those conventions, and why certain story elements are seen as fully appropriate in countries like Japan, but result in bans over here.

Keep up with all S. P. Thane’s news by following his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

EPISODE 4. WRITING A GOOD ANTAGONIST

Special Guest: Josh Feiner, Author

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Those who know me, my works and my channels well will know I love a good villain. As both a reader and a writer, villains or antagonists are my favourite characters. But what exactly makes for the best antagonists? How can we, as writers, craft these characters that we love to hate, or maybe hate to love? Writer Josh Feiner joins me on a journey through some of the better-known traits for villains in literature, film, and real life, to find what characteristics 100% ought to be there.

EPISODE 5. CHOPIN

Special Guest: Sebastian Gardner, Playwright, Actor

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There is no massive issue of literature or storytelling here. This episode is pure fun, getting to find out about someone else who decided to shout out Frédéric Chopin in their work. Sebastian Gardner, from Paper Mug Theatre, is the man behind the play I Lost My Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor. In the middle of a regional tour, he managed to find a window to talk to me about what inspired its premise and its impeccable title. Plus, we get a bit political as we discuss the treatment of theatres during the pandemic.

Keep up with Paper Mug Theatre’s latest news on Instagram or on their website.

EPISODE 6. GETTING ABSURDISM

Special Guests: Nels Challinor and Dale Hall, Writers, Co-Editors: Great Ape

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What is absurdism? What constitutes an absurdist piece? And how does one go about writing one? In this episode, we talk to not one but two experts on quite a complex and multifaceted style. Writers Dale Hall and Nels Challinor, also co-founding editors of the absurdist humour journal Great Ape, dole out their wisdom.

Stay up-to-date with the Great Ape literary journal via Instagram and on their website.

EPISODE 7. WOMEN IN SCI-FI

Special Guest: Amy Scott

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Theorists (and probably many fans) believe female characters are often side-lined in science fiction stories as sidekicks and devices to further the development of male protagonists, with heroines such as Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor being exceptions to the rule. In this episode, writer, sci-fi enthusiast, and cosplayer Amy Scott joins me in a discussion about the role of women in the science fiction genre. How it’s developing and where changes are still yet to be made.

Keep up with Amy’s latest goings-on on Instagram here.

EPISODE 8. TRUE CRIME’S PROPER PLACE

Special Guest: Jamie Webb

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True crime stories are enduringly popular, whether in documentary format like The Ted Bundy Tapes, in drama form such as ITV’s Des, or even in podcasts like the recent The Clown & The Candyman. But which format suits such stories best? Award-winning videographer and documentary filmmaker Jamie Webb joins to debate the proper place for true crime stories.

Follow Jamie’s company JKW Media on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with their latest projects and productions.

EPISODE 9. SELF-PUBLISHING: THOUGHTS ON MARKETING

Special Guest: Dan Buckley

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Marketing specialist Dan Buckley from Ocean View Marketing joins to offer a number of insights into things self-publishing authors should think about and look into when it comes to marketing. He busts some common myths, points out a few common traps, and pinpoints the key components to the marketing strategy of an independent publishing project. All this and more in rather a different episode of this podcast…

You can find out more about Dan and his services at Ocean View Marketing by visiting their website, their Facebook page and their Instagram feed.

EPISODE 10. COMING SOON

Special Guest: TBC

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