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YA Podcast: Recommending great BAME YA

This month, Kate and Darran recommend great YA books by BAME authors, and chat about the politics behind why it’s important. It’s a bit of a political episode, as it goes, given recent events around the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile and the following protests in the US, and the rise in incidents of racist abuse in the UK following the EU referendum. We wanted to use the platform we have to champion BAME authors, and some books which have BAME characters as part of a realistic diverse cast. If you click ‘read more’, you can listen, click through to buy any of the books we mention, and there are some other positive actions you can take too. (more…)

Podcast: The Earth Is Singing and YA War Novels

It’s the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition, and this month Kate talks to Vanessa Curtis about her new novel The Earth Is Singing, telling the story of the Jews of Riga during World War Two. (more…)

Confession time: epic fail on Literary Scotland podcast

We have a confession to make – it looks like we should have done a bit more research before setting ourselves the challenge of recording a podcast about Literary Scotland when on holiday on the shores of Loch Fyne, a hour away from Glasgow. Please accept our apologies for not putting out a podcast today but we hope the two bonus podcast last week – Rob’s new venture with his brother Rich, The Really Bad Film Podcast, and Kate’s interview with Tom Pollock on Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition – will go some way to making up for it. (more…)

Bank Holiday break

It’s a Bank Holiday here in the UK and Rob and Kate are taking a one-week break from the podcast, but we’ll be back soon to discuss Part 1 of our Man Booker Longlist double bill – see you then!