Val McDermid on Miss Marple; Sarah Harding's death; Sam Quek; Japanese 'Womeneconomics'
Miss Marple is one of the classic heroines of crime fiction. Quick-witted, devilishly observant and with a keen sense of justice, Jane Marple has delighted readers since she first appeared in a series of short stories by Agatha Christie in 1927. But now, almost a century later, she is being given a new lease of life in a collection of short stories penned by twelve of today's most famous crime writers, due out next year. Queen of crime fiction Val McDermid joins Emma to talk about writing one of the stories, and why she believes an elderly spinster makes for the perfect super-sleuth.Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding died at the weekend, aged just 39 from breast cancer following a diagnosis last summer. In her memoir, Sarah admitted she avoided seeing her doctor because of coronavirus and revealed how she thought she had a cyst before her diagnosis. We know that the number of urgent GP referrals for cancer dropped by 60% in April compared with the same month last year, latest figures for England show. Government data also show that the number of people starting treatment following a GP urgent referral declined by 18% in the same period. Emma speaks to Deborah James aka Bowel Babe from the BBC Podcast You Me and the Big C, and Kris Hallenga, founder of the charity Coppafeel, about their reactions to Sarah's death.A Question of Sport is the world's longest TV sports quiz - it first appeared on our TV screens way back in 1970 and has clocked up 1,295 episodes - but it took until Friday night for Sam Quek to make history as the first ever female team captain. The 2016 Olympic Gold winning hockey player features in the new revamped BBC series alongside other team captain former rugby player Ugo Monye. While Sam joins the programme, the long running host and former tennis player Sue Barker has been replaced by the comedian and TV presenter Paddy McGuiness. Sam Quek joins Emma.The Japanese Prime Minister has announced he is standing down. His popularity was at an all time low, and because of Covid many in Japan are very unhappy that the Olympics and Paralympics were held there. The Prime Minister took over from Shinzo Abe, who introduced a policy called Womeneconomics. This was a five year plan which ended last year, and aimed to get more women into the workforce and up the career ladder. Abe vowed to make women 'shine', and set a goal for them to hold 30% percent of leadership positions by 2020. So why did this deadline quietly pass without getting close to its target? Emma speaks to Kathy Matsui, who coined the term 'Womenomics' in 1999 and to Cynthia Usui - author of the Japanese book Eight Things Full-Time Housewives Should do Before Entering the Workforce.Boris Johnson is making a statement in the House of Commons today, defending his handling of the Afghanistan crisis and reiterating his vow to use 'every economic, political and diplomatic lever' to help Afghans. On Saturday, for a second day in a row, women marched through Kabul, the Afghan capital demanding their freedoms are guaranteed following the Taliban takeover. The group say the Taliban broke up the demonstration, targeting them with tear gas and pepper spray as they tried to walk to the presidential palace. BBC Correspondent Yalda Hakim joins Emma to discuss this and other developments for women in Afghanistan.Image: Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in the 1984 BBC TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel The Body in the Library.
This episode we sat down with acclaimed Scottish crime writer, Val McDermid and her partner, St Andrews University Professor, Jo Sharp.With tea and cake we chat picking novel locations, lockdown, home-baking, St. Andrews, Dundee and the apocalypse, amongst many other things!Over a cuppa and our GF fudge doughnuts and florentines (now made with GF ingredients), we had such a lovely chat with Val and Jo back in March. Val's latest novel, Still Life, is available now in all good book shops. www.valmcdermid.com
Join us for a female-led thriller set in the London publishing world - Booked for Murder by Val McDermid. Spoiler alert! We will be revealing whodunnit so read before you listen. There are some light swears as we quote lines from the book. There is the weirdest, purest form of Mystery Business. In Case Notes, a follow-up interview reveals some sketchy suspects. Another Queen of Crime is admitted to the exclusive members' club. We also discuss Grape Nuts, red-headed women and growing up in the '90s. Happy Pride Month to our LGBTQ+ listeners! We will be donating to Diversity Role Models- a charity embedding inclusion and empathy through education and role model storytelling. Mystery Mentions Green for Danger (Episode 9) and Death of Jezebel - Christianna Brand Blanche White mysteries - Barbara Neely (Episode 2) The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith Val McDermid article in The Gentlewoman AOB: Val McDermid on the importance of libraries, Find your local library, Fluffy Flakelets mystery Next book: The Chianti Flask by Marie Belloc Lowndes In the mood for more mystery? Check out Episode 2- Blanche Cleans Up (also smashes the Bechdel Test) Follow us on Instagram: @missingsalmoncase Share with a friend: The Unsolved Case of the Missing Salmon Nominate a Queen of Crime: email@example.com This podcast is created, produced and edited by Maddy Berry and Hannah Knight. Our music is sourced from Melody Loops and composed by Geoff Harvey.
Scotland's "Queen of Crime" Val McDermid shares the contents of her bottom drawer with Laura Shavin - the early work, the rejected pieces and the projects still to be finished. Clips performed by: Christopher Kent, Beth Chalmers, Leah Marks, Kenny Blyth, Emma Clarke and Rachel Atkins. Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into over 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published in several award-winning standalone novels, books of non-fiction, short story collections and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate. As well as books she has also written for stage, radio and screen. In early 2017 Val’s latest BBC Radio 4 drama series, Resistance, aired to great acclaim. And in the last couple of years, she has returned to writing for the theatre with Margaret Saves Scotland as well as the primetime TV series Traces based on her original idea. ITV have subsequently announced the commissioning of a new drama Karen Pirie based on Val’s eponymous series character. Episode show notes and more details: offcutsdrawer.com/val-mcdermid/ Listen to us on whichever podcast app you prefer: https://offcutsdrawer.com/insta-links/ or if you don't usually listen to podcasts you can hear all the episodes here: offcutsdrawer.com/episodes/
In Episode 59 Derek is joined by Val McDermid - a legendary Scottish author. Val who was brought up in a working class family in Kirkcaldy, Fife is often branded the Queen of Crime for the impact she has made through her writing. In this episode the pair talk about Val leaving Scotland to study at St Hilda's College, Oxford - where she was the first student to be admitted from a Scottish state school. Val talks about her involvement with her local football club Raith Rovers and the relationship and support she has from her fellow fans. She emphasises the importance of football clubs in their local community and the sense of solidarity that can bring. On Scottish independence McDermid believes Scots should "be gallus" and Derek points out that despite sometimes Scots lacking self-believe we have a rich history and a lot to be proud of. Val's book Still Life is out in February 2021, her first graphic novel due out in May 2021 and of course this years crime novel in the pipeline set in 1979.
Featuring: Val McDermid, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Who better to put the world to rights, and to help us celebrate Burns Night, than two Scottish supernovas!?Best-selling author Val McDermid has been publishing acclaimed crime fiction for over 30 years. An international bestseller, her books have been translated into 40 different languages and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Passionate about writing, and Scotland, in her book My Scotland, she takes readers to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside.An enthusiastic reader, the First Minister of Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon, views books as one of life’s great pleasures. She regularly shares her recommendations on social media on a Saturday night and is an avid supporter of libraries. She’s also become a regular interviewer of writers at book festivals. She has contributed the foreword to My Scotland.This event was recorded live at 2019's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Podcast music: Joseph McDade.
Poet Daljit Nagra and crime writer Val McDermid discuss capturing different forms of speech, a sense of place, and politics - in a conversation organised with the Royal Society of Literature and Durham Book Festival, and hosted by presenter Shahidha Bari. Plus, how the medieval fable of Reynard the Fox has lessons for us all today. As a new translation and retelling by Anne Louise Avery is published, she joins Shahidha to discuss the book with Noreen Masud - a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker from Durham University. Based on William Caxton's translation of the medieval Flemish folk tale, this is the story of a wily fox - a subversive, dashing, and anarchic character - summoned to the court of King Noble the Lion. But is he the character you want to emulate, or does Bruin the Bear offer us a better template?Reynard the Fox, a new version with illustrations, is published by the Bodleian Library, and is translated and retold by Anne Louise Avery.Daljit Nagra is the author of British Museum; Ramayana - A Retelling; Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!!; and, Look We Have Coming to Dover.Val McDermid is the author of several crime fiction series: Lindsay Gordon; Kate Brannigan; DCI Karen Pirie; and, beginning in 1995, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, which was televised as Wire in the Blood. Her latest book - a Karen Pirie thriller - was published in August 2020 and is called Still Life.Details of events for Durham Book Festival https://durhambookfestival.com/One of the events features Durham academic Emily Thomas talking about travel and philosophy - you can hear her in a Free Thinking episode called Maths and philosophy puzzles https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fws2Crime writer Ian Rankin compared notes on writing about place with Bangladeshi born British author Tahmima Anam in an RSL conversation linked to the Bradford Literature Festival https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000khk6You can find more book talk on the website of the Royal Society of Literature https://rsliterature.org/There are more book interviews on the Free Thinking playlist Prose and Poetry https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vhThis includes: Anne Fine with Romesh Gunesekara; Irenosen Okojie with Nadifa Mohamed; and Paul Mendez with Francesca Wade.Producer: Emma Wallace