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Jenni Fagan

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Latest 19 Jun 2022 | Updated Daily

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SALON EXCLUSIVE: Jenni Fagan reads from 'Hex'

The Literary Salon

We love historical fiction and this week’s featured title, Hex by Jenni Fagan, is simply bewitching.Edinburgh, December 1591. On this, the last night of her life, in a prison cell several floors below, convicted witch Geillis Duncan receives a mysterious visitor – Iris, who says she comes from a future where women are still persecuted for who they are and what they believe. Hex is a visceral depiction of what happens when a society is consumed by fear and superstition, exploring how the terrible force of a violent crusade against ordinary women can still be felt, right up to the present day.‘Brilliantly real characters shot through with feminist anger, word choice to make you shiver, and that knack of taking the road least expected' Kirstin Innes, author of Scabby QueenHex is published by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn, and available now. We recommend buying from your local indie or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org.Podcast produced and edited by Megan Bay DormanProgrammed by Matt Casbourne Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


1 Jun 2022

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Hallow’s Cat by Jenni Fagan

Hallow's Cat for Wildcat Gin

Read by Charity Kase


8 Oct 2021

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Ambit Radio x Soho Radio with Lias Saoudi, Fat White Family, Jenni Fagan, Rob Doyle & more

Ambit x Soho Radio

Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family discusses the ‘Johnson  method’ alongside the theme of Futility! Fear! Faith! with author of the cult worldtrip-inside-your-soul book, Threshold, Rob Doyle, and Jenni  Fagan, who’s recent novel, Luckenbooth frames gothic Victoriana into Edinburgh tenements over 9 decades by way of beatnik residents of mulitudinous force.  Also, hear work from Jeremy Reed, Connor Seed and  Vida Adamcewski’s letter to her brother, Saul from Fat White Family.   Hosted by Kirsty Allison, with thanks to Clare Lynch for producing. This  is the first show on Soho Radio NYC & Culture from the venerable  Ambit arts and literary quarterly, which was established in 1959 by Dr  Martin Bax in London.  Editors have included JG Ballard and Eduardo  Paolozzi.  Work by everyone from William S Burroughs, Stevie Smith,  David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Linton Kwesi Johnson to more recent  literary and arts idols has been published on the infamous pages which  became somewhat banned in 1969 for launching a competition for work  written on drugs. Poet  Briony Bax (Rough Trade Books) took to the helm in 2013, and recently  recruited Kirsty Allison, who have together introduced the all new Ambit  Pop editions, which interchange with the traditional unsolicited  submission editions of 96 pages selected by editors. The first Ambit Pop is out now, and is guest edited by Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family who  introduces a stellar crew of Rob Doyle, Jenni Fagan, Benjamin Myers,  Adelle Stripe, Jeremy Reed, Zaffar Kunial, Connor Seed, Nina Power, Vida  Adamczewski, Niall Griffiths - with art from Marco Livingstone, Steven  Allan, Anna McDowell, Wayne Horse, and Neal Fox (Le Gun) have created  something quite exceptional, and it’s £10 or £30 for a print  subscription for a year. The  annual competition is currently open for another month with the theme  of Metamorphosis and judges: Deborah Levy (stories), Kim Addonizio  (poems) and Michael Salu (illustration).  Enter now! https://ambitmagazine.co.uk/

1hr 43mins

2 Jun 2021

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Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden in conversation with Adam Biles

Shakespeare and Company: Writers, Books and Paris

We’re back! Welcome to the relaunched S&Co podcast. For the first episode after a long hiatus, we were thrilled to be joined (remotely!) by Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden to discuss their formally inventive and thematically bold new novels LUCKENBOOTH and MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH. Hosted by Adam Biles.Buy LUCKENBOOTH here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/d/9780434023318/luckenboothBuy MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/d/9781838851194/mrs-death-misses-deathBrowse our online store here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/15/online-store/16/bookstoreBecome a Friend of S&Co here: https://friendsofshakespeareandcompany.com*Jenni Fagan was born in Scotland. She graduated from Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA programme. She has just completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. A published poet and novelist, she has won awards from Creative Scotland, Dewar Arts, Scottish Screen and Scottish Book Trust among others, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Jenni was selected as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists after the publication of her debut novel, The Panopticon, which was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Her adaptation of The Panopticon was staged by the National Theatre of Scotland to great acclaim. The Sunlight Pilgrims, her second novel, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award and the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award, and saw her win Scottish Author of the Year at the Herald Culture Awards. She lives in Edinburgh with her son.Follow Jenni on Twitter: @Jenni_FaganSalena Godden is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers. She is also an activist, broadcaster, memoirist and essayist and is widely anthologised. She has published several volumes of poetry, the latest of which was Pessimism is for Lightweights, and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road.Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel. A BBC Radio 4 documentary following Godden’s progress on the novel over twelve months was broadcast in 2018. In November 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.Follow Salena on Twitter: @salenagoddenVisit Salena’s website: www.salenagodden.co.ukAdam Biles is Literary Director at Shakespeare and Company. Buy a signed copy of his novel FEEDING TIME here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/S/9781910296684/feeding-time


29 Apr 2021

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Episode 595: Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan

The Avid Reader Show

Luckenbooth, her third novel, about an Edinburgh tenement and the curse that haunts it, infecting the lives of all who live across the building's nine floors over nine decades of mystery and uproarious change ... Melding the poetic, the esoteric and the occult with the grit and grime of a real life lived on the edge, she writes unlike any other author of her generation, in no small part because she has lived a life unlike any other author.' Scotsman 'A whirlwind of a novel, and I am certain that various labels will be attached to it - Caledonian magic realism, tartan gothic, something nasty in the shortbread tin, Angela...


24 Feb 2021

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Episode 594: 1Q1A Luckenbooth. Jenni Fagan

The Avid Reader Show

Luckenbooth, Jenni's third novel, about an Edinburgh tenement and the curse that haunts it, infects the lives of all who live across the building's nine floors over nine decades of mystery and uproarious change ... Melding the poetic, the esoteric and the occult with the grit and grime of a real life lived on the edge, she writes unlike any other author of her generation, in no small part because she has lived a life unlike any other author.'

24 Feb 2021

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Stardust, The world's oldest painting, Jenni Fagan, Arts Students

Front Row

Stardust is the new film about David Bowie’s promotional tour of the United States in 1971 during which he began to develop the concept of Ziggy Stardust. Bowie is played by musician and actor Johnny Flynn and the film has already attracted attention as they were unable to secure the rights to Bowie’s songs. Writer and Bowie fan Mark Billingham reviews.A vivid 45,500 year old painting of a warty pig, discovered on a cave wall in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is the oldest representational art in the world. What does the striking work tell us about the value of art to the civilisation that created it. With archeologist Rebecca Wragg Sykes. Novelist Jenni Fagan talks about her latest book, Luckenbooth. It opens as the devil's daughter rows to Edinburgh in a coffin to work as maid for the Minister of Culture, a man who lives a dual life. But the real reason she's there is to bear him and his barren wife a child, the consequences of which curse the tenement building that is their home for a hundred years. How are students whose arts subjects at university or college require them to undertake in-person tuition adapting to the third lockdown? Callum Bruce, a second year musical theatre student at Trinity Laban in London, and Mary Johnson, third year percussion student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, discuss how the pandemic has affected their studies. Presenter: John WilsonProducer: Timothy Prosser


14 Jan 2021

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Jenni Fagan - When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water


Jenni Fagan - When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water by Pietersender


17 Aug 2020

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Wigtown: Maisie Chan and Jenni Fagan

Wigtown Book Festival Podcast

On this episode we speak to two recent recipients of the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, a prestigious award aimed at allowing established writers the opportunity to work creatively with an organisation based in Scotland.Maisie Chan, author of Stories From Around the World and The Legend of Hua Mulan, is this year’s Gavin Wallace Fellow based at the National Centre for Children's Literature at Moat Brae in Dumfries. She tells us about her plans for the fellowship and how her early experiences of reading influenced her decision to become a writer.Jenni Fagan is an award winning novelist and poet, and we spoke to her just after she’d submitted the manuscript of her upcoming novel, Luckenbooth. She tells us what to look forward to in that novel, as well as how her experience as a Gavin Wallace Fellow at Summerhall in Edinburgh influenced the book.


10 Aug 2020

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Poetry with Jenni Fagan & Scarlett Sabet

Shakespeare and Company: Writers, Books and Paris

This Valentine’s Day we were joined by Jenni Fagan reading from her recent collection There's A Witch in the Word Machine, and Scarlett Sabet launching her new collection Camille.


26 Feb 2019