Episode 11: A Shock with Keith Ridgway

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BLB Podcast: Keith Ridgway, Peter J. Coles & Kate Ellis

In this eleventh episode, Kate and Peter talk to Keith Ridgway about his novel A Shock, published by Picador.

Keith reads from his chapter ‘The Joke’, we discuss the distinction between a short story collection and a novel, liking your characters too much, London as a stinking beast, and messing with time.

Keith Ridgway is from Dublin. He is the author most recently of A Shock (Picador, New Directions, 2021), which was shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is also the author of the novels Hawthorn & Child(2012), Animals (2007), The Parts (2003), and The Long Falling (1998), as well as short stories and novellas. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Stinging Fly, and others. He has been awarded the Prix Femina Étranger in France and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. He lives in south London.

Podcast Music by Andrew Everitt

Show notes: Wendy Erskine, Liam O’Flaherty, Philip McCann, Gary Indiana


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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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