Episode 9: Am I in the Right Place? with Ben Pester

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BLB Podcast: Ben Pester, Peter J. Coles, Kate Ellis

In this ninth episode, recorded in-person at Brick Lane Bookshop, Kate and Peter talk to Ben Pester about his debut short story collection, Am I In The Right Place? published by Boiler House Press.

Listen in to hear Ben read from the title story of his collection ‘Am I in the Right Place?’ and for his take on surreal stories, writing on the commute, avoiding black holes and finding kind readers.

Ben Pester lives in North London. His work has appeared in GrantaHotelFive Dials and other places. When not writing fiction, he is normally a technical author, working in the tech industry, He lives in Harringay with his wife and two kids. His debut short story collection Am I in the Right Place? Is published by Boiler House Press and has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize.

Podcast music by Andrew Everitt

Show Notes: Evie WyldBriefly, a Delicious Life by Nell Stevens, Joseph Heller

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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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