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  • Editing books (Part 1) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Editing books (Part 2) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

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  • Editing books (Part 3) with Russel D McLean & Linda Nagle:  Russel and Linda, both editors, both writers, reveal to We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan the secrets of book editing and how they make your writing better. (Warning - includes lots of swearing.) Russel is the Scottish noir author of Ed's Dead (fast, funny and deadly) and the J McNee series. A Dundonian reader once commented on one of his books: "I've read that book. It was so awful I had to burn it!" (PW adds: I also read it. It was awfully good.) Linda is a screen writer and author of work published in Tales of the Female perspective (Chinbeard Books); Paladins (Near to the Knuckle); 6 x 6 x 6 (Ice Pick Books), Within Darkness and Light (Nothing Books), The Black Room Manuscripts, Vol. 3 (The Sinister Horror Company) and her own anthology – Stranger Companies.  We talk about what structural and copy editors actually do, how they deal with rubbish writers who think they're prefect, how they dish out constructive criticism and why you should probably not write a sex scene and definitely never describe someone as having a "nonchalant nose". Other lessons - surprise does not equal tension (see The Sixth Sense), holding back tears is better than weeping, plot = character, abduction is better than murder (Denise Mina), simpler = more profound (says Hemmingway), "show, don't tell" does not mean referencing raised eyebrows in every third paragraph. We also bring in Jericho Writers, Harry Bingham, Duncan Bradshaw, Philip K Dick on hidden meanings, Splatter Punk, the Dystopian States of America, Beer and Book zoom talks with the Craft beer Shop in Little Chalfont, hermaneutics, Haverill House, Theakston's Old Peculier, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Chain by Adrian McKinty, Dreyer's English, Jake Thackray, James Ellroy, Frederick Forsyth, Lawrence Block, Jack Reacher's kidney stones (surely he must have some?), Alan Guthrie, Gerard Brennan, Blasted Heath, Five Leaves bookshop, Severn House, and... why "jock" is the rudest word of all. Phew! That's loads.

    We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms and occasional Wednesdays on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 1): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 2): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Stephanie Scott, writing across genres (Part 3): Stephanie, winner of too many awards to mention (see our website www.wedlikeaword.com), tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how she fought with the help of her agent Antony Harwood to write across genres - literary fiction, romance, true crime, coming of age. Her book - what’s left of me is yours - looks at the murky world of wakaresaseya (professional marriage breaker-uppers) in Japan. Weird, shocking and interesting. Also her fascinating family background Indian/British in Singapore - with a mighty tale around the Japanese invasion of Malaya. We also talk about Joseph O’Neill’s book, Blood Dark Track. And Stephanie reads from her book, reveals the original title and her next one - and we have a good laugh. Oh, we also celebrate Pages of Hackney bookshop. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • World-beating short stories (Part 1): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • World-beating short stories (Part 2): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • World-beating short stories (Part 3): Kritika Pandey, winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan what makes a good short story to appeal to readers around the world. She reads from her winning story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. Kritika discusses her literary influences - Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Mahasweta Devi, Ravindranath Tagore & Clarice Lispector. And how religion, nationalism, class and language influence her writing. We also discuss the merits of potato bread v aloo paratha. And we hear about laughter yoga and Narendra Modi. We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • How trauma shapes your story (Part 1): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • How trauma shapes your story (Part 2): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • How trauma shapes your story (Part 3): Geoff Gudgion, author of Draca (just published) & Saxon’s Bane, & General Sir Peter Wall, former Head of the General Staff & President of Combat Stress discuss with We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan how real personal trauma can, should & should not shape fiction. Geoff’s latest book Draca features a former Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan, who grapples with physical & mental trauma when he returns to Britain. Old & new relationships bring both pain & the possibility of redemption. And the sailing boat Draca also offers a refuge - but may also be a death trap haunted by the blood of Viking invaders from centuries before. Geoff talks about his own service in the Royal Navy - he was very naughty with plastic explosive. And about the personal physical & mental trauma he survived outside his military service. General Sir Peter Wall talks about how Combat Stress helps ex-members of the British Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - & about the funding crisis facing the charity. He shares stories from his early soldiering days in southern Africa during the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. And reveals some of his own naughtiness with explosive. Practical jokes with big bangs. We also hear from Geoff’s favourite shop, The Marlow Bookshop & how their customers go crazy for cakes, dogs & the latest books from author Jane Fallon. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Wednesday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Working class writers Part 1: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Working class writers Part 2: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Working class writers Part 3: Dougie Brimson tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan about his latest thriller In The Know (published by Caffeine Nights) & about the barriers facing working class writers getting agents, publishers, into bookshops & even invited to the party. We also talk ebooks v paperbacks, screenwriting v novel writing, and sing the praises of authors Lynda La Plante, Paul McVeigh, Kit de Waal & Rowland White. As well as writing fiction & non-fiction (about football fans & hooligans), Dougie also writes films like Top Dog & mostly famously Green Street starring Elijah Wood & Charlie Hunnam. So we also hear insider stories - some poignant - about actors Steven Berkoff, Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Gerard Butler & Martin Kemp. Thanks to our audience for sending in questions to Dougie, & thanks to Kevin Lynch for the We’d Like A Word website. (Apologies for pandemic-related sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • James Bond Part 1: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • James Bond Part 2: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • James Bond Part 3: John Rain tells We’d Like A Word presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan the secrets behind the Bond films. He loves the Bond movies so much, he makes a podcast about them - Smershpod. And he’s made a book from the podcast - Thunderbook. Listen in for deleted Bond scenes, Bond actor rejects, filming & Stanley Kubrick’s secret Bond film role. Also - is Judith O’Reilly the successor to Ian Fleming? Have Jeff Wayne & Robert Hardy made the best/only good versions of HG Wells’s War of the World’s. Is Q really Bernard Quatermass? If Bond is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Igor? With shout outs to Jamie Stangroom, director of The Empire Strikes Door, Eddy Joseph from Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace, Anthony Horowitz’s continuity Bond thrillers, flying carpets & Steve’s angry 3rd nipple. (Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Part 1: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne, Lisa & Lisa - join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan to share how to write romantic comedy, examples from their books & reveal the answer to the burning question - are most Mills & Boon authors men? Also joining in is veteran BBC radio sketch show comedy writer Sue Clark to discuss her comedy history, how Kenny Everett stole her joke & her new comedy novel Note To Boy. We also celebrate some bookshops - The Book Corner (Halifax), White Rose Books (Thirsk), Mostly Books (Abingdon) & one whose name we can’t remember in Southport. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .

  • Part 2: Mary Jayne Baker & Lisa Swift are the pen names of Lisa Firth, the award-winning romantic comedy novelist from Yorkshire. She’s the author of A Question of Us, A Bicycle Made For Two & The Never Have I Ever Club. All three of them - Mary Jayne, Lisa & Lisa - join presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan to share how to write romantic comedy, examples from their books & reveal the answer to the burning question - are most Mills & Boon authors men? Also joining in is veteran BBC radio sketch show comedy writer Sue Clark to discuss her comedy history, how Kenny Everett stole her joke & her new comedy novel Note To Boy. We also celebrate some bookshops - The Book Corner (Halifax), White Rose Books (Thirsk), Mostly Books (Abingdon) & one whose name we can’t remember in Southport. Get in touch if you frequent or work in a lovely bookshop - we love to tell listeners about you. (*** NB: Apologies for sound quality dips in this episode. We usually do everything face to face with alcohol or a cup of tea, but are getting used to new fangled ways of commuting remotely online. Hopefully we’ll get better at it.) We'd Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and  Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, celebrities, talkers,  poets about books, songs, lyrics, speeches,  scripts, fiction and  non-fiction. We go out on various radio platforms at least once a fortnight and every other Thursday on podcast. Our website is www.wedlikeaword.com -  which is where you'll find information about Paul and Steve and our  guests - and details of the radio stations that carry We'd Like A Word.  We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is wedlikeaword@gmail.com - and yes,  we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear  from you - your thoughts,  ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. . .