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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.

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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  The podcast version will be available shortly after the repeat.

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....

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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.

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