BLB Podcast

The BLB Podcast is a new project from Brick Lane Bookshop where we interrogate the short story form. We talk about why we love short stories, the writing process and how to get published.

Episode 1: How To Find Your Weird with Isha Karki

In this first episode, co-hosts Kate Ellis and Peter J Coles chat to Isha Karki, who was shortlisted for the BLB Short Story Prize in 2019 and has since won numerous other short story competitions. Isha talks about the importance of experimentation, what she’s reading and how to find your weird.

Show Notes:

Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize, Isha KarkiKate Ellis, Peter J Coles, Carmen Maria Machado, Heads of the Colored People – Nafissa Thompson-Spires, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah

Music by Andrew Everitt

Isha Karki lives in London. Her short fiction has won the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize, the Dinesh Allirajah Prize and Mslexia Short Story Competition. Her story The Girls was shortlisted for the 2019 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. She is a 2019 graduate of Clarion West and London Writers Award and currently a PhD student at Brunel.

Kate Ellis is a writer, an ex Brick Lane bookseller, and she created and runs the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. Her fiction has been published in the Open Pen Anthology, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the London Short Story Prize Anthology. She’s working on her debut short story collection.

Peter J Coles is the managing editor at MIROnline.org, a home for short stories, online and in print. His fiction has been shortlisted in the Wasafiri Prize, he’s had several stories published, and was a London Writers Awards Awardee. He studied Creative Writing at Birkbeck. 


Episode 2: Extensive Editing with Aoife Inman

In this second episode, co-hosts Kate Ellis and Peter J Coles talk to Aoife Inman, who won the 2021 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize for her story Earth-Grown Bodies.

Show Notes:

Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize, Aoife Inman, Kate Ellis, Peter J Coles, Out of the Ashes by Michael Morpurgo, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, The Writing Squad

Music by Andrew Everitt

Aoife Inman is a writer from the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall. Her short fiction has been published in The London Magazine, shortlisted for the V.S. Pritchett Prize and won the 2018 Ryedale Book Festival short Story Competition. She has an MA in history from the University of Manchester, where her research focused on the relationship between memory and landscape. She is an agent’s assistant at Felicity Bryan Associates. 


Episode 3: The Alligator Excuse with Jarred McGinnis

In this third episode, Kate talks to Jarred McGinnis about his very short story We Sleep in These Sheets and his debut novel The Coward.

Show Notes:

Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize, Jarred McGinnis, Kate Ellis , Peter J Coles, Spread the Word City of Stories, Harry Crews, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, Stoner by John L. Williams, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, All the Names Given by Raymond Antrobus

Music by Andrew Everitt

Jarred McGinnis was chosen as one of the UK’s ten best emerging writers. His debut novel ‘The Coward’ was selected for BBC 2’s Between the Covers, BBC Radio 2’s Book Club and listed for the Barbellion Prize. His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4 and appeared in respected journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. 

Isha Karki

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