Podcast recommendations for literature lovers

So many podcasts that I love are inspired by some of my favourite writers and books over the past couple years. When I first started listening to podcasts it was merely for academic purposes – lots of discussions on academic texts or literature that I was studying, and the like. But recently, I’ve been delving into the wider podcast universe because of how their popularity has grown. I wanted to share some of those with all you literary lovers out there!

In no particular order…

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the writer ofย Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, which started an incredible amount of new conversations in the publishing and literary world, started this podcast earlier this year. With nine episodes this series – I was distraught, realising that it was the final episode a couple weeks ago – she addresses different topics around racism, is in discussion with activists, writers, and politicians in each episode. The discussions are fantastic, and the range of guests are equally incredible to listen to. If you read her book, or are interested in the topics but never got around to reading it, then I would highly recommend this podcast. She breaks down current societal and political events around race and discrimination, and also addresses a lot of the questions raised to her by different members of society following the publication of her book. You can listen to her in conversation with Owen Jones, Diane Abbott, Alison Owen, Sisters Uncut, and Akala, to name a few.

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There are some incredible recommendations for other podcasts on their website too that you should check out. I only listen to a couple but they’re on my list!

The Words with Rosie Goldsmith

I’ve listened to quite a few publisher podcasts over the past year but none have held my interest quite like The Words does. It’s created by Simon & Schuster UK and presented by Rosie Goldsmith. Each episode focuses on a different theme or topic and Rosie has discussions and interviews with different authors who have dealt with said topics in their books. There are four episodes so far since it started in January, and I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favourite if I tried. Rupi Kaur and Benjamin Zephaniah on poetry and activism? Poorna Bell on mental health, addiction and suicide? Sarah Vaughan and Laura Bates discussing sexism in literature and modern society? New crime genres with Louise Candlish? Um hello how do I choose? It’s so fascinating to listen to them all discuss the themes from their own perspectives and inspirations that went into their writing.

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You can read about all the books by authors featured on each episode too on the website!

The Guilty Feminist with Deborah Frances-White

I cannot express enough how fantastic and hilarious this podcast is. With an honest and evocative central theme of feminism and, of course, the guilty kind, Deborah Frances-White leads brilliant discussions covering modern feminist stereotypes and breaks down the ridiculous expectations and hierarchal structure of feminist thought. It’s a weekly podcast, with different guests, feminist groups and comedians each week, discussing a new topic or trend in feminism, and news stories and political changes of modern times. Recently, they’ve covered the Irish Abortion law, the refugee crisis, monogamy, sexy, to name a few topics. It’s stand up comedy and political discussions and a shout out to charities and organisations trying to make change all rolled into an hour-long episode.

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Just an FYI, you can also get tickets to the live shows if you’re ever in the area they host them on their website!

Do you have any favourite podcasts? Let’s share the podcast love!


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