We'd Like A Word

We'd Like A Word

A podcast & radio show about words: writers, readers, books, poetry, lyrics, scripts, comedy, illustrators, agents & all things wordy.


65. Editing books (Part 1) with Russel D Mclean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Aug 5 • 17 min
Editing books (Part 1) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle: Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning -…
64. Editing books (Part 2) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Aug 5 • 20 min
Editing books (Part 2) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle: Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning -…
63. Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle (NB: includes swearing)
Aug 5 • 16 min
Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle: Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning -…
62. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 1) author of what’s left of me is yours
Jul 15 • 21 min
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 1): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood…
61. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 2) author of what’s left of me is yours
Jul 15 • 16 min
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 2): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood…
60. Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 3) author of what’s left of me is yours
Jul 15 • 15 min
Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 3): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood…
59. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 1)
Jul 1 • 20 min
World-beating short stories (Part 1): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her…
58. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 2)
Jul 1 • 17 min
World-beating short stories (Part 2): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her…
57. Kritika Pandey winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Part 3)
Jul 1 • 23 min
World-beating short stories (Part 3): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her…
56. How trauma shapes story (part 1): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
Jun 17 • 19 min
How trauma shapes your story (Part 1): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn…
55. How trauma shapes story (part 2): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
Jun 17 • 20 min
How trauma shapes your story (Part 2): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn…
54. How trauma shapes story (part 3): Author Geoff Gudgion & General Sir Peter Wall of Combat Stress
Jun 17 • 23 min
How trauma shapes your story (Part 3): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn…
53. Dougie Brimson (part 1) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Jun 3 • 17 min
Working class writers Part 1: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers,…
52. Dougie Brimson (part 2) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Jun 3 • 15 min
Working class writers Part 2: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers,…
51. Dougie Brimson (part 3) of Green Street movie on barriers to working class authors.
Jun 3 • 23 min
Working class writers Part 3: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers,…
50. James Bond 007 (part 1) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
May 19 • 17 min
James Bond Part 1: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook.…
49. James Bond 007 (part 2) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
May 19 • 9 min
James Bond Part 2: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook.…
48. James Bond 007 (part 3) with John Rain of Smershpod & Thunderbook (+ War of the Worlds)
May 19 • 22 min
James Bond Part 3: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook.…
47. Romcoms (Part 1) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
May 6 • 17 min
Part 1: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne,…
46. Romcoms (Part 2) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
May 6 • 18 min
Part 2: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne,…
45. Romcoms (Part 3) Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa Swift & Sue Clark + comedy
May 6 • 15 min
Part 3: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne,…
44. Taylor Brown (part 1) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Apr 22 • 20 min
Part 1: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how…
43. Taylor Brown (part 2) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Apr 22 • 20 min
Part 2: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how…
42. Taylor Brown (part 3) on writing a sense of place + Robin Ince on bookshops
Apr 22 • 27 min
Part 3: Taylor Brown is the author of Pride of Eden and previous novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings and Gods of Howl Mountain. He’s also big into big motorbikes. He joins us from Savannah, Georgia to tell presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how…
41. Book launches (Part 1) with Tony Kent & Judith O’Reilly in times of coronavirus + back stories
Apr 8 • 15 min
Part 1: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie…
40. Book launches (Part 2) hit by coronavirus & back stories with Tony Kent & Judith O’Reilly
Apr 8 • 22 min
Part 2: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie…
39. Book launches (Part 3) with Tony Kent, Judith O’Reilly & Ben Churchill of Waterstones Wycombe
Apr 8 • 25 min
Part 3: Tony Kent is the author of Power Play and the previous two exciting thrillers featuring Michael Devlin and Joe Dempsey, Killer Intent and Marked for Death. He’s also a leading criminal barrister (attorney), former champion boxer and ex-movie…
38. Self help books (part 1) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (swearing)
Mar 24 • 20 min
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former…
37. Self help books (part 2) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (Swearing)
Mar 24 • 23 min
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former…
36. Self help books (part 3) with Daniel Fryer & John Williams & The Book House in Thame. (Swearing)
Mar 24 • 23 min
Part 1: Daniel Fryer, author of The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up, & John Williams, the author of Screw Work Let’s Play & Screw Work Break Free, reveal all about self help books to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. Daniel Fryer is also a former…
35. Serena Patel (part 1), author of Anisha Accidental Detective, on writing for children. + Daunts
Mar 11 • 17 min
Part 1: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And…
34. Children’s author Serena Patel (part 2) on bullying, racism & inspirational mentors.
Mar 11 • 21 min
Part 2: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And…
33. Serena Patel (Part 3) writing for children, Fritha Lindqvist book promoter, Rose at Daunt Books
Mar 11 • 22 min
Part 3: Serena Patel, author of Anisha Accidental Detective tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing for children. She also reads from her debut book & talks about her childhood experiences of being bullied, racism & homelessness. And…
32. Comics (part 1) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Feb 26 • 22 min
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers,…
31. Comics (part 2) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Feb 26 • 24 min
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers,…
30. Comics (part 3) with David Leach, Joel Meadows & the Little Bookshop Cookham
Feb 26 • 24 min
Comics writer, drawer & editor David Leach of Titan Comics & creator of Psycho Gran talks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about the comic strips he’s been involved with Including Henry’s Cat, Spiderman, Dan Dare, Ren and Stimpy, Toxic Avengers,…
29. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 1) zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Feb 11 • 23 min
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much…
28. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 2) zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Feb 11 • 24 min
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much…
27. Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe (Part 3) on zoology & writing & performing poetry.
Feb 11 • 24 min
Spoken word poet Isi the Scribe wows presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan with his 24 hour bespoke poetry challenge, tales of London Zoo, poetry performances, critiques of listeners poetry & insight why Britain’s live poetry scene is blacker than much…
26. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 1) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Jan 29 • 24 min
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The…
25. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 2) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Jan 29 • 19 min
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The…
24. Comedy writer Joel Morris (part 3) on how to be funny - books, TV, films, podcasts. Has swearing
Jan 29 • 25 min
Award-winning comedy writer Joel Morris reveals to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how he writes funny - (contains swearing) - the script for the Paddington films; the adult Ladybird books (with Jason Hazeley) like The Hangover, The Husband & The…
23. Thriller writer Peter May (Part 3 of 3) on being hired as a private detective by giant geckos
Jan 15 • 18 min
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long…
22. Peter May (Part 2 of 3) on running away, a sense of place & A Silent Death
Jan 15 • 21 min
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long…
21. Peter May (Part One) on creating a sense of place, giant Geckos & Usher Syndrome
Jan 15 • 18 min
Bestselling author Peter May speaks to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan over 3 parts in this edition of We’d Like A Word. It’s an experiment to see if it’s easier for you to listen to 3 separate parts around 20 mins, rather than a single hour long…
20. Cole Moreton on writing words & music for The Light Keeper, his novel & album.
Jan 1 • 75 min
Cole Moreton plays, sings, writes & talks about his new book & album The Light Keeper. The award-winning newspaper interviewer tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about how he combines fiction & music. We also hear from Cole…
19. Alec Marsh & Eoin McNamee on writing the past for the present
Dec 18, 2019 • 68 min
Alec Marsh, author of Rule Britannia & the arriving someday Enemy of the Raj - and - Eoin McNamee, author of The Blue Tango & many others, talk to presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about writing fiction set in the past which works for the present.…
18. Asia MacKay & Brian McGilloway on borders & boundaries in fiction, life, people and countries.
Dec 5, 2019 • 76 min
Asia MacKay, the author of Killing It & The Nursery, featuring British state assassin & new mum Lex Tyler juggling her home & secret life, tells presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she guards & crosses the fictional & family boundaries in her…
17. Self-publishing, sex scenes & gay sci-fi with Jake O’Kelly & Andrew Chapman
Nov 21, 2019 • 75 min
Jake O’Kelly, the author of The Smell of Good Decisions (his love letter to his adopted hometown San Francisco), who is currently at Mozilla (Firefox) & used to be head of publicity for Amazon Publishing & Kindle Direct Publishing, chats with presenters…
16. Censorship - with American thriller writer Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water & Shadow Man.
Nov 7, 2019 • 55 min
Alan Drew, the author of Gardens of Water (set in Istanbul during an earthquake) and Shadow Man (a California prowler murder thriller), chats with presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan about censorship (he’s been a victim in Turkey), authors’…
15. The BBC’s Alison Finch on how to get your book on to Radio 4, 3 & the World Service.
Oct 23, 2019 • 58 min
Alison Finch is the book planning producer (aka “books bitch” says she) for an array of BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service programmes. Which ones? She reveals all to presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. And you, dear listener. So listen…
14. Matt Wesolowski & Adrian McKinty on kidnapping thrillers.
Oct 9, 2019 • 56 min
Matt Wesolowski author of Changeling & Adrian McKinty author of The Chain - two innovative kidnapping stories - discuss plot twists, saving stories till the time is right, unconventional storytelling techniques and authenticity with Paul Waters and Stevyn…
13. Angela McMahon book publicist to the stars, on how to get YOUR book seen.
Sep 25, 2019 • 58 min
Angela McMahon of Flow Communications, organiser of the Noireland crime fiction festival in Belfast and book publicist to the stars. In this episode she tells Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan how to get attention for your book; why podcasts like this one…
12. Helen Cullen asks whether “up lit” is really so feel-good?
Sep 11, 2019 • 61 min
Helen Cullen’s book The Lost Letters of William Woolf is charming, moving, quirky & possessed of great lists. It’s been described as “up lit”, but does that trivialise writing which has the power move or even upset the reader? In this episode Stevyn…
11. Dr Erica McAlister & science writing for dummies
Aug 28, 2019 • 54 min
Dr Erica McAlister on how to make science writing accessible and engaging without dumbing down. In this episode Stevyn Colgan and Paul Waters chat with Erica McAlister, the author of the award-winning book, The Secret Life of Flies. Erica is the Senior…
10. The Italian Job: Aidan Conway in Rome & Puglia fan Richard Walmsley talk writing set in Italy
Aug 15, 2019 • 59 min
Aidan Conway on writing about Italy - with fellow Italophile author Richard Walmsley chipping in. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan Chat with Rome-based thriller writer Aidan Conway about how well outsiders can get under the skin of Italian…
9. Denise Mina on high art v low art & much more.
Aug 1, 2019 • 57 min
Denise Mina on high art versus low art. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan Chat with Scottish crime fiction royalty Denise Mina about novels and graphic novels, true crime and why the truth about the existence of serial killers is much worse…
8. Jamie Cawley on history and belief
Jul 17, 2019 • 73 min
Jamie Cawley on history and belief. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan Chat with historian and philosopher Jamie Cawley about his new and iconoclastic take on history and religion. Jamie Cawley is the author of The Birth of Now: The Cause and…
7. Gerard Brennan on rioters and writers with Adrian McKinty
Jul 3, 2019 • 60 min
Writers and Rioters. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan hear from authors Gerard Brennan and Adrian McKinty about the art of writing violence. And they discuss their own experiences - as a reporter and as a police officer - when placed in…
6. Belinda Bauer says victims are more interesting than murderers, on We’d Like A Word
Jun 19, 2019 • 60 min
Belinda Bauer says victims are more interesting than murderers on We’d Like A Word. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan meet award winning author Belinda Bauer who says the voices of victims are more interesting than the supposed magnetism of…
5. A Small Odditorium feat. Dr David Bramwell
Jun 5, 2019 • 67 min
‘A small Odditorium’ feat. Dr David Bramwell. In this episode Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan meet author, musician, truth-seeker, Utopian and all round oddfellow Dr David Bramwell. Among the topics under discussion are bum readers, the world’s largest…
4. Anthony Horowitz on life after death
May 22, 2019 • 68 min
Anthony Horowitz talks about giving new life to characters after their original authors have died. He does it with Ian Fleming’s James Bond - 2 continuation novels Trigger Mortis & now in paperback Forever and A Day. He’s also done it with Sherlock…
3. Graham Norton - Can celebrities write good fiction?
May 8, 2019 • 55 min
Graham Norton - comedian, TV star and Father Ted legend - talks to us about his other life as an author. But do celebrities famous for something entirely different make good writers? Are their books actually any good? Graham Norton may be hilARious (he…
2. Will Dean - the author leading the British invasion into Scandi Noir / Nordic Noir
Apr 1, 2019 • 50 min
Is Scandi Noir still Scandi Noir if a British author is writing it? Will Dean has gone a long way to immerse himself in Nordic Noir culture, even building a house in the middle of a Swedish forest. It’s the setting for his edgy thrillers Dark Pines and…
1. Words from writers, readers, books, poets, songs, films - We’d Like A Word from Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan.
Mar 30, 2019 • 1 min
This is a brief introduction to the We’d Like A Word podcast and radio show from Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers, poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches, scripts, fiction and non-fiction. We go out…