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The Booker Prizes
36 minutes | 5 days ago
The 2020 Booker Prize winner episode
In our 2020 Booker Prize winner episode, this year's winner Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain, speaks to host Joe Haddow about the aftermath of his win, from reaching out to English teachers who inspired his love of literature, to his surprise at the global reception of his Glasgow story. They also discuss the joys and challenges of the creative process and the strangeness of doing publicity in the age of coronavirus. Plus, hear a clip from the winner ceremony, livestreamed from the Roundhouse.
30 minutes | a month ago
The 2020 Booker Prize pre-winner episode
In our pre-winner episode host Joe Haddow is firstly joined by Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood, and Booker Prize Foundation advisory committee member and Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas CBE. Gaby and Jonathan discuss the exciting new digital plans for celebrating this year’s shortlist and winner. Later, Joe is joined by Bastille frontman Dan Smith. Dan talks to Joe about finding time to read on tour, his favourite bookshop and what he’s reading at the moment.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist episode
Host Joe Haddow is joined by two of this year’s judges Lee Child and Emily Wilson as take us through each book on the recently announced 2020 Booker Prize shortlist. We also hear from each of the shortlisted authors themselves: Diane Cook, author of The New Wilderness; Tsitsi Dangarembga shortlisted for This Mournable Body; author of Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi; Maaza Mengiste shortlisted for The Shadow King; Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain; and Brandon Taylor, shortlisted for Real Life, as they react to the news of making it onto the 2020 Booker Prize shortlist.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
The 2020 International Booker Prize Winners' episode
Join us for the winners’ episode. Host Joe Haddow talks to 2020 International Booker Prize winners, author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translator Michele Hutchison about their book The Discomfort of Evening and their win. We also remember the virtual celebration, hearing again the speech from Chair of 2020 judges, Ted Hodgkinson. Interpreter Winnie Smith is also present. This podcast was recorded and produced remotely. Keep up to date with news on the Prize at thebookerprizes.com and @TheBookerPrizes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
The 2020 Booker Prize longlist episode
The 2020 Booker Prize longlist has been announced. 13 fantastic titles make up the ‘Booker Dozen’ and podcast host, Joe Haddow explores each novel on the list and the reasons behind the judges’ decision. Joining Joe is chair of judges, Margaret Busby, and fellow judges Lemn Sissay and Sameer Rahim. The 2020 shortlist will be announced on 15 September. Find out more about the longlist here: https://bit.ly/3feClGP This episode was recorded and produced remotely. Keep up to date with news on the Prize at thebookerprizes.com and @TheBookerPrizes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
The 2020 International Booker Prize BONUS shortlist episode
We’re delighted to announce this bonus episode featuring the 2020 International Booker Prize shortlist. Host Joe Haddow caught up with actor and Women’s Prize shortlisted author Natalie Haynes and 2020 judge Jennifer Croft to discuss the shortlist and how the pandemic and lockdown has affected their work and personal lives. Tune into the digital winner announcement on 26 August 2020. This episode was recorded and produced remotely. Keep up with The Booker Prizes via thebookerprizes.com and follow us @TheBookerPrizes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
46 minutes | 8 months ago
The 2020 International Booker Prize shortlist episode
In our 2020 International Booker Prize shortlist episode, Joe Haddow talks through the six books on the 2020 shortlist with chair of judges, Ted Hodgkinson and judge Lucie Campos. They also discuss remote judging meetings, the need to understand their fellow judges’ ways of reading and their unique perspectives, and why there’s never been a better time to get stuck into books. Later on, we have a special recording from last month's launch of Hilary Mantel’s long awaited final installment of her Wolf Hall trilogy, ‘The Mirror and Light’. There, Joe caught up with the fiction buyer for Waterstones, Bea Carvalho, and Mantel’s editor, Nicholas Pearson, on all things Mantel-mania.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
The 2019 Booker Prize Winners Episode
In our 2019 Booker Prize winner podcast, Joe Haddow speaks to one of this year’s winners, Bernardine Evaristo, on feeling ‘dazed and amazed’ about her success, the importance of writing about many black British women, and what the future holds post-Booker Prize win. We also hear the winning speeches from both Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo live from the Guildhall. We spoke to a few guests ahead of the announcement, including 2004 Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst, actress Elizabeth McGovern, Sir Peter Bazalgette and book blogger Simon Savidge about who they thought would take the trophy. The night before the winner announcement we headed to Southbank Centre and caught up with event host Natalie Haynes and shortlisted authors Salman Rushdie and Chigozie Obioma.
40 minutes | a year ago
2019 Booker Prize Episode 3
In episode three of the 2019 Booker Prize podcast, host Joe Haddow interviews three of this year's shortlisted authors Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine Evaristo and Elif Shafak at the shortlist party, held at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. We also headed to the launch of Margaret Atwood's shortlisted book The Testaments, held at the Waterstones flagship store in Piccadilly, where we interviewed Waterstones' Managing Director, James Daunt and their fiction buyer Bea Carvalho. Finally, we chat to White Lies songwriter and guitarist Charles Cave to discuss why he finds reading on tour more enjoyable than reading when he's in busy London.
43 minutes | a year ago
2019 Booker Prize Shortlist Episode
In the shortlist episode, host Joe Haddow speaks to judges Afua Hirsch, Xiaolu Guo, and Joanna MacGregor who talk us through all the books that have made the shortlist and the ways they speak to contemporary reality, but come at it sideways. Joe then talks to BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster, comedian and one-time author, Shaun Keaveny about his love for reading, which he developed in recent years. Joanna MacGregor's playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7M90ZnH4PU5KKaj3VJX5dA
2 minutes | a year ago
2019 Booker Prize Longlist Episode
In the longlist episode, host Joe Haddow speaks to Peter Florence (chair) and fellow judge Liz Calder, who talk us through all the books that have made the longlist, and chat about how the judging process is like being in the coolest book group in the world! Joe then talks to writer, critic, broadcaster and Booker Prize Foundation trustee Bidisha SK Mamata, who explains why we’re in a good place for fiction and sympathises with the tough challenge the judges will face when trying to decide the shortlist in a few weeks’ time.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
2019 Man Booker International Prize winner podcast
In the second episode of our two Man Booker International Prize 2019 podcasts, host Joe Haddow heads to the Roundhouse in London for the glittering winner ceremony. There we hear the moment that Chair of the Judges Bettany Hughes made the announcement that Celestial Bodies had won. We then go behind the scenes, where Joe catches up with shortlisted translators and judges ahead of the winner announcement. Joe then sits down in the studio with this year’s winning author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth to see how they feel just 24 hours after the award. They discuss Jokha’s novel Celestial Bodies, the impact the prize will have on their careers and what Jokha’s upcoming projects are.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
2019 Man Booker International Prize shortlist episode
In our first podcast of 2019, we join the glittering reception at Somerset House as the Man Booker International Prize shortlist is announced to a room full of guests from all corners of the world. Host Joe Haddow then speaks with Jackie Swope, from Nielsen Book Research about the rising trends of translated fiction in the UK. Joe then sits down with two of this year's judges Elnathan John and chair of the judges Bettany Hughes, who talk through the shortlisted books that have made the cut. Live from the shortlist party, we meet up with writer, critic and academic Jonathan Gibbs, to talk about this year's list, his personal anthology email and how literary prizes keep his students reading lists up to date. Joe also chats to newly announced shortlisted author Alia Trabucco Zerán and translator Sophie Hughes about how they feel about being shortlisted, how they first met and what it was like working together on Alia's book The Remainder.
37 minutes | 2 years ago
2018 Man Booker Winner Podcast
In our winner episode we head behind the scenes at Southbank Centre for the shortlist event. Joe Haddow catches up with event host Damian Barr and shortlisted author Rachel Kushner in the green room. We then head to Guildhall for the winner announcement and Joe speaks to Esi Edugyan as well as James Nesbitt and Gyles Brandreth. Finally, we speak with this year's winner Anna Burns about how she's feeling having just won the prize for her novel Milkman.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Man Booker 2018 shortlist announcement
In our third episode of the series, presenter Joe Haddow catches up with this year's judges Leo Robson, Leanna Shapton and Jacqueline Rose after the 2018 Man Booker shortlist announcement to find out how they decided on the final six books. Joe then heads to the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park for the annual shortlist party to speak with two of this year's shortlisted authors, Robin Robertson and Daisy Johnson, to find out what it is like to be on the shortlist. Finally, he speaks to writer and comedian Adam Kay and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, to get their thoughts on this year's shortlist.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
2018 Man Booker Prize Podcast Episode 2- Edinburgh
In our second episode of the series we head to the Edinburgh International Book Festival where we hear from the 2018 Man Booker International winner Jennifer Croft and fellow translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Joe then catches up with debut novelist and Man Booker 2018 longlisted Sophie Mackintosh about her appearance at the Festival and her dystopian book The Water Cure, before interviewing Man Booker 2018 prize longlistee, Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Richard Powers.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
2018 Man Booker Longlist Episode
In this first special episode, our host Joe Haddow speaks to British writer and editor Andy Miller, who discusses his love for reading and the books that have shaped his life. Then Joe talks to two of this year's judges, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair) and crime novelist Val McDermid, who take us through each book on the longlist and explain how whittling down 171 submissions has transformed them into very fast, efficient readers!
54 minutes | 2 years ago
Man Booker 50 Festival - Second Episode
In the second of our Man Booker 50 Festival podcast episodes, host Joe Haddow takes us backstage at the Southbank Centre during the weekend of 6-8 July. In this star studded episode we hear from prize winning and shortlisted authors including Hilary Mantel, Eleanor Catton, Marlon James, Alan Hollinghurst, Ben Okri, DBC Pierre, Andrew O' Hagan, Colm Tóibín and Graeme Macrae Burnet. Joe also catches up with screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who has turned several Man Booker novels into films and TV series, such as Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner, On Chesil Beach and Atonement. The episode culminates with a specially commissioned Man Booker 50 song written and performed by author and comedian Adam Kay.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
The Golden Man Booker Prize winner announcement
In our next podcast episode, host Joe Haddow takes us to the Man Booker 50 Festival held at Southbank Centre the weekend of 6-8 July. In this star studded episode Joe talks to previous Man Booker Prize winners about what impact the victory has had on their career. Joe catches up with 2007 winner Anne Enright, 2010 winner Howard Jacobson, who emphasise the importance of the novel nowadays. He then talks to 2016 winner Paul Beatty and 1993 winner Roddy Doyle. We then head to the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre where Baroness Helena Kennedy QC proclaims The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje the winner of this special one-off award. Joe then talks to the judge of the 1990s, Kamila Shamsie, who shares her views on the winning novel and the importance it had on her life. Joe then speaks with Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was invited to read passages from the shortlisted novels alongside with fellow actors Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal. In the next episode of the Man Booker podcasts out on 20th July, Joe will catch up with previous winners Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James, Eleanor Catton, Colm Toibin, Ben Okri and many more. Stay tuned for the 2018 Man Booker longlist, which will be announced on Tuesday 24th July.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
The Golden Man Booker Prize - Episode 2
In the second episode of the Golden Man Booker podcasts, host Joe Haddow continues the journey through the shortlisted novels for this special prize. Joe catches up with Simon Mayo about his selected shortlist novel from the 2010s, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and with Lemn Sissay about the 1987 winner Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Joe then talks to Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, about the upcoming Man Booker 50 Festival and Dotti Irving, Chief Executive of Four Culture, who's been involved with the prize for over 25 years.
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