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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. Our podcasts bring you readings & in depth discussions with highly acclaimed authors & rising stars from the quarterly magazine of new writing.

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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. Our podcasts bring you readings & in depth discussions with highly acclaimed authors & rising stars from the quarterly magazine of new writing.

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Great podcast. One problem with it.

By dirtykics - Dec 06 2016
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I love everything about this podcast. The content is healthy but the sound quality varies terribly. I use my cellphone and I understand this it isn't a boom box but going from episode to episode, reveals the weakness. Not asking for studio quality but for episodes that are recorded outside, please bump the output and/or use a compressor and level this out. Thank you.

Great, but...

By Apulido - Aug 26 2013
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I have trouble downloading older episodes. I would listen to all of these if I could because they're so smartly done.

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22 Ratings
Average Ratings
9
5
2
2
4

Great podcast. One problem with it.

By dirtykics - Dec 06 2016
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I love everything about this podcast. The content is healthy but the sound quality varies terribly. I use my cellphone and I understand this it isn't a boom box but going from episode to episode, reveals the weakness. Not asking for studio quality but for episodes that are recorded outside, please bump the output and/or use a compressor and level this out. Thank you.

Great, but...

By Apulido - Aug 26 2013
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I have trouble downloading older episodes. I would listen to all of these if I could because they're so smartly done.

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Granta

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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. Our podcasts bring you readings & in depth discussions with highly acclaimed authors & rising stars from the quarterly magazine of new writing.

Rank #1: Helen Oyeyemi: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 68

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In our latest instalment of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, we speak to Helen Oyeyemi. Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl and The Opposite House. Her third novel, White is for Witching, was awarded a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and her fourth, Mr Fox, won the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Award. ‘Boy, Snow, Bird’, in the issue, is an excerpt from a new novel of the same title, published in 2014 by Picador in the UK and Riverhead in the US. Here Oyeyemi spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about the joys of writing from a male perspective, the role of magic in her work, some of her influences from Alfred Hitchcock to Jeanette Winterson and how as a young girl she would write alternate endings in the margins of the classics.

May 20 2013

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Rank #2: Don DeLillo & Paul Auster: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 28

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Don DeLillo and Paul Auster read from their work in Granta 117: Horror and discuss writing about 'impoverished characters' and living and writing about New York.

Dec 01 2011

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Rank #3: Granta Reads: Carmen Maria Machado’s ‘The Husband Stitch’

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For our final Granta Reads’ Halloween podcast, Rosalind Porter reads Carmen Maria Machado’s ‘The Husband Stitch’. The story was first published in 2015, and went on to be nominated for the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in October 2017.

Oct 31 2016

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Rank #4: No Man’s Land Launch: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 91

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Last year we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but the legacy of war and communism lives on in eastern Europe. In the new issue of Granta – No Man’s Land – Peter Pomerantsev writes about propaganda in Ukraine’s Donbas region, where pro-Russian activists battle with pro-Ukrainian, pro-democracy activists and Ukrainian nationalists, whilst Philip Ó Ceallaigh tells the devastating story of the Communist destruction of Old Bucharest.

They joined us for the launch of the new issue at the Frontline Club in London on Wednesday 24th February.

Both writers encounter people who are longing for a strong leader to bring back security and pride. They discussed whether, following the challenges to democratic structures in Russia, Hungary, and most recently Poland, eastern Europe’s new democracies are at risk.

Chaired by author and journalist Oliver Bullough, who lived and worked in Russia from 1999 – 2006. He is author of two books about Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great.

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Peter Pomerantsev, the author of Nothing is True and Nothing is Possible, Adventures in Modern Russia. He is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, where he runs a project on contemporary propaganda and how to deal with it.

Philip Ó Ceallaigh is the author of two collections of short stories, Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse and The Pleasant Light of Day. At present he is working on a book about the Jewish world of Eastern Europe and its destruction, as witnessed by its writers.

Audio production by Adam Barr.

Mar 02 2016

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Rank #5: Diane Williams In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 95

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In this edition of the Granta podcast, editor Luke Neima talks to Diane Williams, the author of eight books of fiction and founder and editor of the distinguished literary annual NOON. Diane reads from her latest book, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, and discusses her approaches to writing and editing, the gatekeepers of literary publication and stitching.

Feb 27 2017

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Rank #6: Victor LaValle reading 'Long Distance' from Granta 110: Sex

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Victor LaValle reading 'Long Distance' from Granta 110: Sex.

Jun 23 2015

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Rank #7: Granta Reads: Angela Carter’s ‘Cousins’

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In this Halloween edition of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell reads Angela Carter’s 1980 short story, ‘Cousins’ – the first in a series of classic horror stories from our archive.

‘Cousins’ was later featured in Carter’s seminal Black Venus story collection with the title ‘Peter and the Wolf’, and forms part of her famous ‘wolf quartet’.

Oct 21 2016

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Rank #8: Ruth Ozeki: The Granta Podcast Ep. 87

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Ruth Ozeki is the author of 'My Year of Meats', 'All Over Creation' and 'A Tale for the Time Being', which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For Granta’s Japan issue, she wrote an essay on her grandfather: about a mysterious photograph she has of him and about the ways she feels linked to him across time.

In the latest Granta podcast, she reads from the piece and discusses it alongside her latest novel, 'A Tale for the Time Being', touching on haiku, feminist Buddhist nuns, memory, the idea of cultural gyres and why and how she wrote herself into her book.

'I'm mixed race, I'm kind of like the meeting point between these two cultures and these two histories. And somehow that is in my DNA, and growing up mixed race, it always did feel like there was a tension there between the two halves. And I never was quite sure who I was or who I was supposed to be... it seemed very odd and unstable to be who I was.'

Mar 31 2014

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Rank #9: Sally Rooney And Joanna Walsh In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 94

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Sally Rooney And Joanna Walsh In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 94 by Granta Magazine

Jul 06 2016

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Rank #10: New Irish Writing Launch: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 92

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Ireland has one of the world's most distinguished literary traditions. In Granta 135: New Irish Writing, we showcase contemporary Irish fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.

For the launch of the issue, Granta and Foyles hosted Peggy Hughes, Sally Rooney, Lucy Caldwell and Sara Baume in a discussion about their work, the state of Irish writing and the place of technology in literature.

Audio production by Adam Barr.

May 09 2016

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Rank #11: Our Private Estate, read by Dave Lordan: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 93

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Author Dave Lordan reads his story, ‘Our Private Estate’, from the online edition of Granta 135: New Irish Writing.

Jun 07 2016

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Rank #12: Granta Reads: Darcey Steinke’s ‘Frankenstein’s Mother’

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For the second episode of the Granta Reads’ Halloween series, Eleanor Chandler reads Darcey Steinke’s essay ‘Frankenstein’s Mother’, which explores the relationship between mother and monster.

Darcey Steinke is the author of the novels Sister Golden Hair, Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde and Up Through the Water, as well as the memoir Easter Everywhere. She lives in New York.

Oct 28 2016

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Rank #13: Patrick deWitt And Neel Mukherjee In Conversation: The Granta Podcast Ep. 90

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Neel Mukherjee and Patrick deWitt discuss their books, Undermajordomo Minor and The Lives of Others, subconscious influence, the power of the exclamation mark and love.

Dec 18 2015

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Rank #14: Granta Reads: Margo Jefferson reads Kathleen Collins

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In this episode of the Granta podcast, Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, reads Kathleen Collins’s short story, ‘The Uncle’, taken from the collection Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Kathleen Collins was a pioneer African-American playwright, film-maker, civil rights activist and educator. You can read more work by Kathleen Collins on our website: granta.com/whatever-happened-to-interracial-love/

Jul 19 2017

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Rank #15: Andrea Stuart in Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 97

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In this episode of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell speaks with Andrea Stuart about her essay ‘Travels in Pornland’. They discuss the value of feminist porn, the importance of counter narratives and the challenges faced by feminist pornographers. The essay was first published in August 2016. You can read the essay in full on our website: https://granta.com/travels-in-pornland/

Jul 04 2017

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Rank #16: Will Self & Mark Doty: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 26

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A recording from the London launch of Granta 117: Horror, featuring readings from contributors Mark Doty and Will Self; their discussion with Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing and the questions and answers with the audience at Foyles bookshop.

Nov 04 2011

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Rank #17: Yukiko Motoya: The Granta Podcast Episode 89

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Yukiko Motoya is a novelist, playwright and stage director. She leads her own theatre company, Gekidan Motoya Yukiko, which she founded in 2000. Her story collection Arashi no pikunikku (The Devil's Picnic) was awarded the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize in 2013.

Here, she talks to Elmer Luke about her short story for Granta 127: Japan, finding freedom in writing and happy endings, with interpretation by Asa Yoneda.

‘I’d get convinced that I had to write about really big, serious, important issues. So in order to get beyond that stage where I was really feeling the pressure of the feeling of wanting to write, I spent maybe one or two months just writing down everything that came to mind – little snippets – until there was nothing more to come out of me. I think actually it took about three months to get to that stage. And then what came out after that – once I had no more words flowing out of me – is what turned into these stories.’

Photograph by Ryoko Uyama

Jun 06 2014

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Rank #18: Binyavanga Wainaina: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 27

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Binyavanga Wainaina talks to Ellah Allfrey about his memoir 'One Day I Will Write About This Place', managing the expectations of an African readership and what to do with a negative review.

Nov 17 2011

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Rank #19: The Irish Writing Boom: Publishers In Conversation

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In our latest podcast, Joanna Walsh discusses the Irish Writing Boom with Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press; Susan Tomaselli, editor of Gorse Journal; and Amy Herron of the Irish Writers' Centre.

They touch on the culture and history of Ireland’s literary journals; short story culture; the fight against marketing departments and the work of fostering literary innovation.

Jul 06 2016

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Rank #20: In Conversation with Astrid Alben

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In this edition of the Granta podcast we speak to Astrid Alben, who reads a selection from her book of poetry Plainspeak, discusses her work as a translator and as an editor of the interdisciplinary journal Pars, shares a poem by Valérie Rouzeau – translated from the French by Susan Wicks – and explains how she develops her poetic alter ego.

Sep 19 2016

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