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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.


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...

ROOM 23: Sue Townsend, Georgia Twynham, Adrienne Silcock, Peter Kerr

April 3rd, 2012

The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend

On this programme, The Reading Room Book Group review the latest novel from Secret Diary of Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend, The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year. and we talk to Georgia Twynham, author of The Thirteenth about the third book in her teen fantasy series, Nyteria Rising. We also have poetry from Adrienne Silcock and Peter Kerr gives us his nomination for our 101 Books To Read Before You Die.


ROOM 23 - Tracklist

April 1st, 2012

Click here to hear our playlistIn 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)
  • David Bowie - Heroes
  • Anais Mitchell - Coming Down
  • Carter USM - The Only Living Boy In New Cross
  • Plan B - Ill Manors
  • Blondie - Union City Blue
  • Funeral Party - Finale

Video Podcast: The European Podcast Awards & ROOM 23 Preview

March 21st, 2012

In this short video podcast, Reading Room host Paul Tyler toasts our success in the European Podcast Awards and looks ahead to our next programme....

Click here to view on YouTube

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ROOM 22: John Osborne, Niki Valentine, Abigail Tarttelin, Elly Griffiths

March 20th, 2012

ROOM 22: John Osborne

On this programme we talk to Radio Head author John Osborne about poetry and his new one man show John Peel's Shed, Niki Valentine (The Haunted) provides our short story, we have flash fiction from Abigail Tarttelin (Flick) and crime author Elly Griffiths (A Room Full of Bones) adds her choice to our list of 101 Books To Read Before You Die.  We also announce further details of The Reading Room LIVE - click here for tickets:


Second comes right after first!

March 16th, 2012

European Podcast Awards logo

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.

ROOM 21: Pantheon by Sam Bourne, Jon McGregor, Luke Wright, Elaine Kazimierczuk

March 6th, 2012

ROOM 21: Pantheon by Sam Bourne

This month The Reading Room Book Group discuss Pantheon by Sam Bourne, Booker prize nominated author Jon McGregor talks about his new collection of short stories This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, we get another nomination for our list of 101 Books To Read Before You Die from poet Luke Wright, and we have poetry from Elaine Kazimierczuk.



March 5th, 2012

Robert Llewellyn

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.

ROOM 21 - Tracklist

March 4th, 2012

Spotify PlaylistThe podcast version of March's show will be available shortly - but, as ever, we have to snip all the music out of it for copyright reaons.  For the sake of posterity, here's what we played - click the Spotify logo to listen for yourself...

  • The Clash - London Calling
  • The Maccabees - Feel To Follow
  • The Bluetones - Slack Jaw
  • Talking Heads - And She Was
  • Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out (accoustic)
  • The Klaxons - Golden Skans
  • De La Soul - The Magic Number
  • The Ting Tings - Silence
  • Semisonic - Secret Smile
  • First Aid Kit - Blue
  • Gaz Coombes - Sub-Divider (not on Spotify, but available as a FREE DOWNLOAD)
  • The Beatles - Get Back (not available on Spotify)
  • Cults - Go Outside
  • Green Day - American Idiot

For the full Reading Room experience, music and all, you need to listen to our live show on the first Sunday of each month, repeated the following Tuesday, on Siren 107.3FM in Lincoln or around the world at Siren Online.