Episode 5: Dance Move with Wendy Erskine

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BLB Podcast: Wendy Erskine, Peter J. Coles & Kate Ellis

In this fifth episode, recorded on Zoom, Kate and Peter talk to Wendy Erskine about her latest short story collection, Dance Move, published by Picador and The Stinging Fly.

Wendy reads from her story Secrets Bonita Beach Krystal Cancun, and discusses which characters are still with her, being inspired by everything and her editing process.

Wendy Erskine’s short story collection Sweet Home (2018 Stinging Fly, 2019 Picador) won the Butler Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill and Republic of Consciousness prizes and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. Her story ‘Inakeen’ was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, while her stories and non-fiction have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She hosts a show on Soho Radio for Rough Trade Books and is also a full-time secondary school teacher. Her new collection Dance Move is published by Stinging Fly and Picador.

Music by Andrew Everitt

Show Notes: Good Behaviour by Molly Keane, Seven Steeples by Sara BaumeJem CalderGhosts Signs: Poverty and the Pandemic by Stu Hennigan

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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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