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Episode 591: The Coode Street Advent Calendar: Nicola Griffith

The Coode Street Podcast

The end of the year is fast approaching, and this year the Coode Street Podcast is doing something a little different. We've invited 24 creators of some of this year’s best and most interesting books to join us for ten minutes or so to talk about what they're reading now, their favourite holiday reads, what they had out this year, and what they’ve got coming out in the year ahead. It’s a Coode Street Advent Calendar if that’s your thing, or just a run-up to December 24 for book lovers. Today's guest is the wonderful Nicola Griffith, the multiple award-winning author of Ammonite, Slow River, Hild, and many more. Her brilliant queer recasting of the Arthurian story, Spear, was published earlier this year.


27 Nov 2022

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Episode 386 Interview with Nicola Griffith

Beyond The Trope

This week Nicola Griffith joins us to talk about the Arthurian fantasy, SPEAR, out now! Fiind out more at https://nicolagriffith.com, follow Nicola on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nicolaz and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nicolagriffith. Thank you to all of our listeners for your continued support, including our patrons at https://Patreon.com/BeyondTheTrope. Catch exclusive Beyond The Trope gear over at https://beyondthetrope.redbubble.com. Mentioned in this episode: Star Wars Quest for Camelot (Movie) Warner Bros. HILD by Nicola Griffith MENEWOOD (forthcoming) by Nicola Griffith AMMONITE by Nicola Griffith


31 May 2022

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Fantasy Novel Recommendations w/ Author Nicola Griffith + Moon Knight Ep 3 & Comic News

X-Ray Vision

On this episode of X-Ray Vision, Jason Concepcion and Rosie Knight dive into the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction! First in Previously On (3:17), Jason and Rosie discuss some comics news, including a new Avengers series, a possible new comics origin for Thor in Avengers 1,000,000 BC, Marvel’s A.X.E.: Judgment Day, and DC’s upcoming Death of Justice League and Dark Crisis; they also discuss the title casting in Disney+’s recently announced Percy Jackson series, the MCU’s Ironheart series gaining its directors, and recap episode three of the Disney+ limited series Moon Knight. In the Airlock (53:19), they discuss JK Rowling’s transphobia and why they won’t be covering the latest Fantastic Beasts movie before diving deep (deeeep) into their book bag to offer recommendations for amazing Fantasy and Sci-Fi that just so happens to be written by marginalized, underrepresented, and queer authors that centers marginalized characters. Then, in the Hive Mind (1:15:06), Jason and Rosie are joined by Nicola Griffith, award winning author of Ammonite, Hild, the upcoming Spear, and more, to discuss her process as a writer, conducting research on Arthurian England, and writing with, and about, disabilities. Finally, in Nerd Out (1:48:43) a listener pitches us on The Illuminatus! Trilogy.Tune in every Friday and don’t forget to Hulk Smash the Follow button!Nerd Out Submission Instructions!Send a short pitch and 2-3 minute voice memo recording to xray@crooked.com that answers the following questions: 1) How did you get into/discover your ‘Nerd Out?’ (2) Why should we get into it too? (3) What’s coming soon in this world that we can look forward to or where can we find it?Follow Jason: twitter.com/netw3rkFollow Crooked: twitter.com/crookedmediaPLUGS:Rosie’s IG, website, author archive, & Letterboxd.Spear by Nicola Griffith + Nicola’s website is worth checking out too!The Listener’s Guide for all things X-Ray Vision!Harry Potter and The Problematic Author by Maia KobabeThe Space Between Worlds by Micaiah JohnsonHild by Nicola GriffithCemetery Boys by Aiden ThomasOn a Sunbeam by Tillie WaldenSpear by Nicola Griffith (out on April 19th)Pet by Akwaeke EmeziThe Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton (out on May 3)Recommendations from our guest & award winning author Nicola Griffith:Sorrowland (2021) by Rivers SolomonThe Long Way To a Small Angry Planet (2015) by Becky ChambersA Companion to Arthurian Literature  (2009) Edited by Helen FultonA Spindle Splintered  (2021) by Alix E. Harrow

1hr 48mins

15 Apr 2022

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Episode 576: Nicola Griffith and Spear

The Coode Street Podcast

This time out, Jonathan and Gary are joined by the brilliant Nicola Griffith, whose Spear, out this month, revisits Arthurian tales from an entirely new perspective. We chat about how the novel came about, Arthurian literature as fan fiction, the wonderful illustrations by Rovina Cai, and what it was like to record the audiobook. We also discuss its similarities to and differences from her well-received historical novel Hild and its forthcoming sequel Menewood, as well as Nicola’s classic early novels Ammonite and Slow River, her recent So Lucky, and forthcoming reissues of her Aud Torvingen novels, beginning with The Blue Place.

1hr 4mins

3 Apr 2022

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Nicola Griffith on 'The Blue Sword'


A girl, a horse, and a magical sword save a kingdom in Robin McKinley's young adult classic, "The Blue Sword" — a book beloved by women of all ages. "Hild" author Nikola Griffith explains why. My name's Nicola Griffith. I am the author most recently of a novel called “Hild.” I'd like to recommend a book. If you haven't read it, then please pick up “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley. It is ostensibly for teenagers, but I think I was probably about 25 or so when I read it. And I have re-read it many times since, and it holds up. It's a wonderful first-person story about a woman called Angharad, but she calls herself Harry, and by the end of the book is known as Harry, Harimad-sol. She moves from a place called Home. Sometimes I think of it as an English place, and sometimes I think of it as American Northeast, but it's very stuffy. It has lots of etiquette rules. Basically, the Wild West or the Indian frontier. When I first read it, I was thinking in terms of the Raj, I was very English. I am very English. But now that I've lived in this country for a bit, I can see the parallels with settlers who moved out to the Western frontier. Anyway, there's lots of magic. There are swords and horses. It's sword and pony fiction with magic. I love it. It's a great book. I've just started reading it aloud. I just read the first three pages, which is why it's on my mind. And McKinley does this amazing job of taking us in to this teenager's head, her essential loneliness, her longing for a place to belong. And she does that really, really well. And then further on in the book, there are these wonderful scenes where Harry learns that she has this power. She can do prophecy. She can fight. She can control her horse. Essentially, she could beat everybody, except, of course, the king who she ends up marrying. Sorry for the spoiler. So it's romantical, but it doesn't follow some of the really tired tropes of old fashioned romance in the sense that the woman has to look at the floor and flirt. She's basically very angry with this man in the nicest possible way. And he's reluctant to use her in the way that his powers dictate that she be employed to help him in his goal, which is to keep everyone safe because of her magic. The Blue Sword is the novel about a young woman becoming herself. It's about a woman finding her place in the world. She is a woman, but she could just as well be a man. It's about a person learning to belong, about a person finding their feet. And that is a story for any age, for any era. —This author recommends— The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll) —More from this author— Interview: Nicola Griffith on Lesbian Crime Writing—Interview: Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"


30 Apr 2021

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Episode 442: Ten Minutes with Nicola Griffith

The Coode Street Podcast

Ten minutes with... is a special series presented by Coode Street that sees readers and booklovers from around the world talk about what they're reading right now and what's getting them through these difficult times. Today Gary is joined by multiple award-winning author Nicola Griffith and they discuss the less-than-satisfactory challenges of the virtual cocktail party, the more satisfactory challenges of researching historical fiction and of reading Patrick O’Brian and others, the advantages of using genre as a set of tools rather than a container, her own So Lucky, her forthcoming sequel to Hild, and an exciting new as-yet-untitled book. Books mentioned include: Nicola Griffith, So Lucky Nicola Griffith, Hild Nicola Griffith, The Aud Torvingen mysteries Sigrid Undset, Olav Audunssøn: The Vow, translated by Tiina Nunnally Maggie Brookes, The Prisoner’s Wife Octavia Butler, Kindred Patrick O’Brian, The Aubrey/Maturin novels Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave Rosemary Sutcliffe, Sword at Sunset Mary Renault, Fire from Heaven Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Sarah Waters, Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet Ellen Galford, Moll Cutpurse: Her True History


7 Jun 2020

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Maria Dahvana Headley With Nicola Griffith

The Seattle Public Library - Author Readings and Library Events

From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings―high and gabled―and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside―in lawns and on playgrounds―wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall’s periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights. For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn’t want Gren, didn’t plan Gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana’s and Willa’s worlds collide."[A] stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we 'other' those different from ourselves... A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor." ―Booklist (starred review)"There’s not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Headley (Magonia) applies the broad contours of the Beowulf story to her tale but skillfully seeds her novel with reflections on anxieties and neuroses that speak to the concerns of modern parenting." ―Publishers WeeklyMaria Dahvana Headley is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and editor. Her books include the novels Magonia, Aerie, Queen of Kings, and the memoir The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard she is the author of The End of the Sentence, and with Neil Gaiman, she is co-editor of Unnatural Creatures. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and by Arte Studio Ginestrelle, where the first draft of this book was written. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho, and now lives in Brooklyn.Nicola Griffith is the multiple-award-winning author of seven novels and a memoir. A native of Yorkshire, England - now a dual U.S./U.K. citizen - she is a onetime self-defense instructor who turned to writing full-time upon being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She holds a Ph.D. from Anglia Ruskin University and lives with her wife, the writer Kelley Eskridge, in Seattle.


3 Jan 2019

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It Takes Two by Nicola Griffith (audio)

Clarkesworld Magazine

Our fifth podcast for February is “It Takes Two” written by Nicola Griffith and read by Marguerite Kenner. Originally published in Eclipse Three, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

1hr 25mins

1 Mar 2015

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Episode 180: Kelley Eskridge, Nicola Griffith, Hild, historicity and genre...

The Coode Street Podcast

Battling the fickle beast that is Skype, this week Jonathan and Gary talk to Kelley Eskridge and Nicola Griffith about the recently released Nebula ballot and what it might say about SF today, Nicola's recent novel Hild, Kelley's novel Solitaire, science fiction as a way of reading, language, politics and a lot more. In many ways this episode isn't so much a conversation, as what feels like the beginning of a long and interesting one to be continued at conventions and elsewhere in the future.As always, our sincere thanks to Kelley and Nicola for making time to appear on the podcast and for being such interesting and engaging guests.  As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

1hr 1min

3 Mar 2014

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Aural Delights No 137 Nicola Griffith


Coming Up This Week 00:10Sofanauts Announcment 01:50Fact Article: Autumn Rain by David J. Williams 04:00Transcriber Update by Dee Cunniffe 09:19Main Fiction: It Takes Two by Nicola Griffith 12:25Fact Article: Film Talk by Rod Barnett 01:20:00Fact Article: The Obsavation Deck by Cheryl Morgan 01:31:00Closing Remarks: Tony C. Smith 01:35:00Narrators: Chrstie YantSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 37mins

19 May 2010