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Its the BOOK you have to Read this Pandemic.... HOW to survive Everything - BY Ewan Morrison


He's been a painter , film maker and now award winning Novelist , Ewan Morrison  delivers a fantastic story as ever in his latest Book - "How to Survive Everything " As Irvine Welsh says Ewan is "One of the Most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working  in Britain today" Hear him chat about being in the Flow, surviving a pandemic, Peak oil, how he actually writes a Novel from start to finish  in this fascinating interview with Tessa Williams. Thanks to Floor Tom for Sound Production.


19 Mar 2021

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The Writing Community Chat Show

How to survive everything is Ewan Morrison's eight book. He is the author of the award-winning novels Close Your Eyes and Tales from the Mall, the novels Ménage, Distance and Swung and the short story collection The Last Book You Read. Ewan was awarded the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award and the SMIT novel of the year 2012/2013. (Amazon)How to survive everything: 'One of the most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working in Britain today.' Irvine WelshMy dad taught us to be prepared for whatever was coming. He said we should know the facts about how long we could survive without food, water or fresh air, and to remember that we couldn't live at all without hope. It was better, he said, to be ahead of the game. Better to be ten years too early than one minute too late.That’s why he did what he did, on that morning …Inspired by her father’s advance planning and her own ingenuity and courage, this is one teenage girl’s survival guide for navigating life under a new, even more deadly pandemic from the confines of a prepper compound. Will she ride out the collapse of everything she knows, and how can she save her family – and sanity?FOLLOW US► Our website - https://www.thewritingcommunitychatshow.com► Universal link - https://linktr.ee/TheWCCS► Use hashtag #TheWritingCommunityChatShow or #TheWCCS on social media to keep us current. This show will only succeed with your support!► Support us through #Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/WCCS?fan_landing=true► Become the sponsor of a show by the BEER TOKEN BOOK PROMOTION - https://www.thewritingcommunitychatshow.com/buy-us-a-beerTodays BEER TOKEN BOOK PROMOTION sponsor is► CJAggett. BOOK - DEEP THE CLIMB OF TRUTH & THE EMBERS OF LIFE. The story of a young woman must escape a crumbling city while deceit and danger closes in. Love, anger, frustration and revenge.

1hr 8mins

10 Mar 2021

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69 - Ewan Morrison - Utopias and Dystopias

Two for Tea with Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose

To follow Ewan’s work: https://www.ewanmorrison.com/His 2012 collection, Tales from the Mall, can be found here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Mall-Ewan-Morrison/dp/1908885017His 2019 novel, Nina X, can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nina-X-Ewan-Morrison/dp/0708899013His 2013 book Close Your Eyes can be found here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/109/1091019/close-your-eyes/9780099565758.htmlHis 2005 collection The Last Book You Read can be round here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Book-You-Read/dp/1845020480Watch the 2015 film version of Ewan’s novel, Swung, here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmcvLt5BOmUEwan on utopian communities:https://areomagazine.com/2019/04/26/why-we-join-cults/ https://areomagazine.com/2018/03/08/why-utopian-communities-fail/ https://areomagazine.com/2020/08/27/why-we-must-walk-away-from-omelas-the-problem-with-utopias/ Follow Ewan on Twitter: @mrewanmorrisonSome of the Other References Emma Donoghue, Room (2010)Will Storr, Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us (2017)Thomas More, Utopia (1516); Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915); William Morris, News from Nowhere (1890); H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia (1905); Ursula K. Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1975); Leila (2019, Netflix); Sacred Games (2019, Netflix); Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993); The Maze Runner (2014); Smithereen (2020) Timestamps1:57 Ewan reads from Nina X3:48 Nina X, the novel. How we treat former cult victims, especially children. 11:58 Ewan’s personal experiences of utopian communities, cults and alternative lifestyles. 17:58 Competitive puritanism, taboos on feedback24:41 Self-improvement and narcissism26:26 Attitudes towards children in utopian communities32:31 The distrust of individualism and its emotional impacts(Patrons only)40:08 The alienations of modern life46:25 Tricking ourselves into authenticity and doing versus having done54:15 Shopping malls59:25 Ewan’s experiences as a swinger and the novel Swung.1:09:36 Dystopias and utopias in fiction and politics

1hr 29mins

29 Nov 2020

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Ewan Morrison


Ewan Morrison is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary writers. His seventh novel, NINA X, won the 2019 Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. He has written articles for the Guardian as well as all the other leading UK newspapers as well as for online publications and magazines. His TEDx talk ‘Why We Would Be Happier Without Utopia’ was recorded in 2016. Links to some of his articles and his TEDx talk are included below. He can be found on Twitter @MrEwanMorrisonAwards & accolades:Winner - Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year 2019Longlist - Not the Booker Prize (Guardian) 2019Winner - Scottish Book of the Year - Novel Prize 2013Winner - Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the year 2012/13Winner - Not the Booker Prize (Guardian) 2012Finalist - Saltire Society Book of the Year 2012Finalist -Creative Scotland Writer of the Year Award 2012Finalist -The Prince Maurice Award for Love Stories 2007Finalist - Arena Magazine Man of the Year Literature Prize 2006Number 22 in the top 50 Scottish books of the Last 50 years. The List. 2013Finalist - BAFTA Scotland x 2 Best New Director and Best New Writer. 2002Finalist - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film 2015Winner - Royal Television Society Best Regional Drama 2002Winner - Special Mention at the Pescara Film Festival 2001Winner - The Audience Prize. Festivale de Sainte Livrade 2001Winner - Special Mention. Napoli Film Festival 1998 Ewan’s website: https://www.ewanmorrison.com/2019 article in Psychology Today ‘The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions’: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/word-less/201904/the-road-hell-is-paved-good-intentions?collection=11428302018 article from Areo Magazine ‘Why Utopian Communities Fail’ https://areomagazine.com/2018/03/08/why-utopian-communities-fail/Link to Amazon.co.uk for the book NINA X: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nina-X-Ewan-Morrison/dp/0708899013 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


25 Jul 2020

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Milan Kundera Warned Us About Historical Amnesia. Now It's Happening Again by Ewan Morrison

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Greg Ellis reads Milan Kundera Warned Us About Historical Amnesia. Now It’s Happening Again, Ewan Morrison's essay celebrating the 90th birthday of the Czech novelist.


14 Aug 2019

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Dumbo, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, Van Gogh and Britain, Ewan Morrison, Sean Scully

Saturday Review

Disney's latest live action remake of one of their classic cartoons is Dumbo, reimagined by Tim Burton. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers was a novel by Max Porter and has now been adapted for the stage by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy. It has just opened at the Barbican in London. Vincent Van Gogh lived in London for a few years and Tate Britain is staging an Exhibition Van Gogh and and Britain looking at the artists who influenced him, his own work and the artists he has influenced. Ewan Morrison's novel Nina X is a kidnap story about a young girl who was brainwashed by a Maoist cult before eventually being rescued and rehabilitated. British artist Sean Scully is one of Britain's richest artists and BBC2's Arena has followed him for a year, painting and creating and opening exhibitions of his work around the world.Tom Sutcliffe's guests are John Tusa, Deborah Moggach and Alex Preston. The producer is Oliver JonesPodcast Extra recommendationsDeborah: Judges Lodgings in PresteigneJohn: The Way We Live Now by Trollope Alex: Standing At The Sky's Edge at The Crucible in Sheffield Tom: Wild Swans by Jung Chang


30 Mar 2019

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11 - Ewan Morrison: Author, Screenwriter and Director

The Curator Podcast

I'm waiting for culture to turn dark and deep again. The culture I came from was counter culture and it was angry and introspective. It has been utterly been pushed into invisibility by the rise of "be happy" culture. The ideology of positivity. We've been recycling this forced positivity for a decade now.It's like too much health food or some advert for happiness stuck on a loop. We're thoroughly sick of it and we can see through it to the structures of repression behind it. We're tired of the lie that we can all be everything we want to be if we just stay positive and believe in ourselves.The repetitiousness of that inane self promoting grin, the fake smile of competitive consumerism and artificial camaraderie:"Yay-culture".I predict we're going to go dark and angry soon.We have to.We're not adverts for god sake.- Ewan MorrisonEwan Morrison is a man of many talents: an author, a journalist, a screenwriter and a director. He has written a short story collection and a number of critically acclaimed novels, contributed extensively to The Guardian and been involved in writing and direction for film and TV for a number of years. Recently his first novel Swung was turned into a movie of the same name.I encountered the writing of Ewan Morrison in 2012 when I heard about his novel Tales from the Mall. At the time I was knee deep in studying for a Scottish Literature degree. I always meant to get the book but I never did. The following year I took a module on Contemporary Scottish Literature and Tales from the Mall was on the reading list. I devoured it almost instantly. I was captivated by its unconventional style, its raw subversion of capitalism, how it questioned the very concept of identity in a consumer driven world, and the way it weaved fiction and non-fiction together as it explored what a mall is and represents on every conceivable level.The following summer I consumed his entire oeuvre.I spent so many years studying historical Scottish literature and when we did read something more up to date it was hardly contemporary - the newest thing on the reading list was Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. It was refreshing to finally observe the Scottish literary landscape as it is now, and Ewan's work is vital to that landscape. Ewan's work deals with many things that we now take for granted, and poses questions that I feel are very important in the current age - what is identity, community, individuality and the very meaning of our relationships to each other in the current, transitory digital age . We're being sold individuality as the ultimate expression of human existence,  being told that there is an ideal person we should strive to be which is unlike any other. Yet when we step back we all look, sound and act the same.So far I've mainly spoken to people who are involved in punk rock - the troubadours who sing their songs outside of the mainstream, who choose to do things their own way. The parallel between a musician outside of the mainstream and a writer outside of the mainstream is clear: unless you are in the mainstream you will find it extremely difficult to make a living from doing what you're doing. The internet, with its infinite everything, its boundless choice, is forcing us to "like" the same things. In our strive to be individual, to create culture, we're reposting and retweeting all of the same content as everyone else. Our voice just blends in to the binary din.If this podcast stays outside of the mainstream, then that's where I'm happy to be.My chat with Ewan was broad, interesting and one of the most challenging, thought provoking discussions I've ever had. I really hope you think so too. It's long but it's worth every second.Highlights include:Where Ewan's creativity began and how it's rooted very firmly in communityNirvana, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain - how sometimes creativity and the darkness beneath it can lead one to their demiseBeing in a community of artists in the Glasgow School of Art and how he spun off into TVMaking an hour of crazy arts TV every week for STV, including getting to interview Sonic Youth and Ivor CutlerMissing the days of artists banding together and operating outside of the mainstreamHow those that do band together in the millennial age don't have much to sayBut also how his generation's biggest political achievement is ironic slogans on T-shirts.Contemporary apathy happening as an accident by way of being too positive about everything all the timeExtensive discussion about Tales from the Mall and Close Your EyesThe way the search for individuality has paradoxically lead to the homognoisation of culture and how individuality is the engine that drives his workFacebook, twitter, the internet, consumerism, streaming, Amazon and endless choice causing the destruction of the arts industryHow we love to see our heroes fall and are often encouraged to gloat in the failure of others as it is chronicled a minute at a time by the internetAnd a massive rant from myself on why the punk community is not a community in the way we would like it to be.It's taken me a little while to get a writer on this podcast. Well, it's taken a while to get anyone other than a musician on this podcast, so I'm extremely grateful to be able to expand the scope of this show. This podcast has always been about creativity and passion from creative people from all walks of life. In time I hope to talk to as many people in as many different fields as possible. It'd be great if you came along for the ride.We all experience and create art in different ways. I've come to realise that the themes musicians, artists and writers discuss in their work come from a very dark place. How we come to that creativity, the journey into and through it, is where the inspiration lies. Where the good stuff.It's the fuel that powers this podcast.Featured MusicIntro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).Grouper - ClearingRussian Circles - Harper LewisSwans - The Seer ReturnsAll music can be purchased on the links above. I make no claim to the copyright of these tracks.Links Go buy any of Ewan's books from a book store. A bricks and mortar one. That'd be well good.You can see his website here and his column in The Guardian here.Thank you!My thanks are eternal to you and everyone else who has listened to the podcast and helped me get it to where it is. It’s now on the goddamn front page. How cool is that? If you could take a second to rate and review this podcast on iTunes I’d love you forever and ever.Questions? Feedback?You can do either by dropping a comment in the comment box below.Or you can hit the contact link to show me some love by using the cool email form.Social MediaI’m on a few social media sites, so it’d be pretty handy if you could show me some love over there.Check out the Facebook page.Or you can get me on Twitter.Oh and seriously, rating and reviewing this podcast on iTunes would be amazing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 28mins

6 Aug 2015

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[SPL] September 2nd: Ewan Morrison

Scottish Poetry Library Podcast

Scottish literary powerhouse Ewan Morrison - filmmaker, novelist and short-story writer - talks to Ryan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the poetry of the shopping mall, his latest multimedia project. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle at @forpub. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine http://www.anonpoetry.co.uk and @anonpoetry. Mail: splpodcast@gmail.com and tweet @byleaveswelive


2 Sep 2010

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[West Port] Ewan Morrison

West Port Book Festival Podcasts

Ewan Morrison reads a brilliant short story from his new project, Tales from the Mall. He has worked as a film director before making his authorial début with the short story collection, The Last Book You Read and Other Stories, in 2005. His first novel, Swung, was published in 2007. Other novels are Distance (2008) and Ménage (2009).


27 Jun 2010