Episode 4: Search Engine Optimisation with Jem Calder

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BLB Podcast: Jem Calder

In this fourth episode, recorded in the Faber Event Space, Kate and Peter talk to Jem Calder about his debut short story collection, Reward System

Jem reads from his story Search Engine Optimisation and discusses writing in another job, his editing process and disconnection in the internet age.

Jem Calder was born in Cambridge and lives and works in London. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly and Granta.

Music by Andrew Everitt

Show Notes: FaberBullshit by David Graeber George Saunders William T. VollmannMark FisherTao LinRachel CuskOval by Elvia WilkThe Creep by Michael LaPointeRichard Yates

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The BLB Podcast is produced and hosted by Kate Ellis and Peter J. Coles

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

Peter J Coles is a writer, father and trainee coder. 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. 

The BLB Podcast music is written and performed by Andrew Everitt (who’s also a Brick Lane Bookseller). You can find more of Andrew’s music on his bandcamp page.

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