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ROOM 29: Cromwell’s Talking Head by Gareth Calway – A Reading Room Special

July 23rd, 2012

Cromwell's Talking Head

On this programme we present a specially produced story by writer and performer Gareth Calway.  A terrified grave robber comes across the severed mummified head of England's greatest revolutionary - Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell's head proceeds to tell him his life story - a tale of tyrannical kings, civil war and violent revenge!

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ROOM 28: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Escape From Tibet, Brendan Cleary

July 3rd, 2012

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

On this month's programme, the final Reading Room Book Group (for now at least) reviews The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, we talk to documentary maker Nick Gray about his book Escape From Tibet which tells the real life story of two young boys as they flee their homeland in order to escape Chinese repression.  John Mitchinson from Unbound gives us his nomination for our list of 101 Books The Read Before You Die, we have poetry from Brendan Cleary, and Jamie McKay brings us his Musings of a Muddled Mind.

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The Reading Room LIVE - now in vision!

June 5th, 2012

If you missed The Reading Room LIVE, you can now watch the entire show on YouTube!  And if you were there, why not relive a great night of spoken word and poetry, including our interview with Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn...

ROOM 27 - The Reading Room LIVE Part 2: Robert Llewellyn

May 30th, 2012

Robert Llewellyn on The Reading Room LIVE

In the second part of our special LIVE show recorded at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we talk to Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge and Carpool star Robert Llewellyn about his varied career and his writing. Robert talks about the return of Red Dwarf later this year, his love of electric cars and his past books including Sold Out and The Man Behind The Rubber Mask, before giving us an exclusive first reading from his new sci-fi novel News From Gardenia. The show also features music from Michael Reeve.

WARNING: Mr Llewellyn's self-confessed "potty mouth" does put in an appearance during this show

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ROOM 26 - The Reading Room LIVE Part 1: John Osborne, Abigail Tarttelin, Andrew Goulding…

May 16th, 2012

Abigail Tarttelin, Andrew Goulding, Gill Hart, Jodie Orton, Michael Reeve, Jamie McKay, Paul Tyler,John Osborne

In the first part of our live special recorded at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, we have poetry from John Osborne and Andrew Goulding, Abigail Tarttelin reads us two exclusive excerpts from her next novel Golden Boy which has just been snapped up by a major publisher, Jodie Orton reads us a fairy tale for grown ups, Reading Room regulars Gill Hart and Jamie McKay bring us live versions of their regular contributions and host Paul Tyler performs a piece of his own. Click on the player below to listen online...

And don't forget to look out for Part 2 of the show in a couple of weeks time where Paul interviews Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn about his career and his writing, and Robert gives us an exclusive first reading from his new book News From Gardenia - subscribe to our feed to ensure you don't miss it.

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The Reading Room LIVE with Robert Llewellyn

May 13th, 2012

Well, it's all over now - after months of planning, The Reading Room LIVE featuring Robert Llewellyn took place on Saturday 12th May at the LPAC in Lincoln in front of a gratifyingly large crowd.  If you weren't there, here's what you missed...

Massive thanks to all our contributors, including John Osborne (Radio Head, John Peel's Shed), Abigail Tarttelin (Flick), Andrew Goulding, Jodie Orton, Michael Reeve, Gill Hart, Jamie MacKay and of course the magnificent Robert Llewellyn.

The first half of the show will be available as a podcast later this week, with the 2nd half following a fortnight later - subscribe to our feed using the links on the right hand side of the page to ensure you don't miss it.

The whole show will be repeated on Sunday 3rd June at 10am on Siren 107.3FM in Lincoln and around the world at Sirenonline.

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ROOM 25: Jim Bob, Driving Jarvis Ham, Unbound, John Osborne, Andrew Goulding

May 8th, 2012

Driving Jarvis Ham by Jim Bob

On this programme we talk to ex-Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine frontman Jim Bob about his new novel Driving Jarvis Ham, then The Reading Room Book Group give their verdict on the book.  We also talk to John Mitchinson, co-founder of the revolutionary crowd-sourcing publisher Unbound, John Osborne gives us his nomination for our list of 101 Books To Read Before You Die and we have poetry from Andrew Goulding.

Click the player below to listen now or subscribe to our iTunes feed using the buttons on the right...

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ROOM TV: Driving Jarvis Ham by Jim Bob - ROOM 25 Preview

April 21st, 2012

In this short video, Paul reminisces about the bands that defined his youth and wonders whether one of his musical heroes - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine's Jim Bob - can make the leap to writing with his new novel Driving Jarvis Ham.

In the next edition of the programme, we'll be reviewing Driving Jarvis Ham as well as talking to the creators of the crowd-source publisher Unbound and looking ahead to The Reading Room Live.

That's live on Sunday 6th May 10am-12noon, repeated Tuesday 8th May 7pm-9pm on Siren 107.3 in Lincoln and around the world at www.sirenonline.co.uk.  The podcast version will be available shortly after the repeat.

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ROOM 24: Elly Griffiths, John Baird, Phoenix Writers Circle, Adrienne Silcock, Jamie McKay

April 17th, 2012

Elly Griffiths

On this programme we talk to crime author Elly Griffiths about her popular Ruth Galloway series, we have a short story from John Baird and find out what happened when Paul visited the Phoenix Writers Circle. We also have poetry from Adrienne Silcock, Jamie McKay’s Musings of A Muddled Mind and author Nikki Valentine gives us her nomination for our 101 Books To Read Before You Die.

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2 Hours In 2 Minutes!

April 9th, 2012

Ever wondered what goes on in the studio during our live shows? No? Well we're going to show you anyway!  This was recorded during our April show and features Paul, Jonny, Gill and studio guest Georgia Twynham...