Episode 14: We Move with Gurnaik Johal

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For Episode fourteen of the BLB Podcast, we spoke to the outrageously talented Gurnaik Johal about his debut collection We Move, out now with Serpent’s Tail. Gurnaik reads from his story Red River and talks about how he finds focus, writing about the Southall community he grew up in, his endless curiosity about other people and how the English language is “not this rigid thing, but like moldable clay”.

Author photo  (c) Aashfaria A. Anwar 


Gurnaik Johal is a writer from West London born in 1998. He won the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2021/2022 and was shortlisted for The Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize in 2018. He graduated from The University of Manchester in 2019. He works in children’s publishing.


Show notes:

Septology by Jon Fosse, White Tears by Hari Kunzru, Yiyun Li, Omakase by Weike Wang, Jon McGregor, Reverse Engineering, Scratch Books


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