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.
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...
In April's show, Paul was forced to face his demons and make the ultimate sacrifice - by playing a Coldplay track! This was the result of an ill-advised promise to his wife in advance of Sport Relief - but at least it was in aid of charity. Sadly, we have to cut Paul's moment of pain out of the podcast, along with all the other (good) music, but here's a list of what we played - and you can hear for yourself by clicking the Spotify logo...
Coldplay - Paradise
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
WU LYF - Spitting Blood
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
Changing Horses - Cut All Strings (Not on Spotify - but available as a free download Here)
After a tense wait, the results of the European Podcast Awards have finally been announced - and we're proud to say we came second in the UK Professional category, beating podcasts from BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time and The Guardian. We were only pipped to the post by the hugely popular Answer Me This podcast.
We actually received the highest number of public votes in our category, so a big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us.
On Saturday 12th May, The Reading Room once again takes to the stage with a special LIVE radio broadcast, this time from the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. We'll again be featuring the best up and coming performers in spoken word and poetry, as well as live music... plus a very special guest: star of Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge and Carpool, Robert Llewellyn! Robert will be talking to host Paul Tyler about his work and career, including his new book News From Gardenia.
The show starts at 7pm (live on air at 7.30pm) on Saturday 12th May at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC). Tickets cost just £5 (£5.50 with booking fee) and are available here.