Episode 1: Kindred Spirits

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In the first episode of The Slightly Foxed Podcast, SF founders Gail Pirkis, Hazel Wood and Steph Allen meet author and regular contributor Jim Ring round the kitchen table at No. 53 to remember how it all began, and Veronika Hyks gives voice to Liz Robinson’s article on Anne Fadiman’s well-loved Ex Libris.

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Episode Links

– Granta’s Share a Pint campaign with the NHS, promoting Rose George’s book Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood

The Leaping Hare at Wyken Vinyards

Anthea Bell obituary

– The article on The British Seagull, The Best Outboard Motor for the World was written by Ben Hopkinson and appeared in Issue 26 of Slightly Foxed

– The article on Modesty Blaise was written by Amanda Theunissen and appeared in Issue 11 of Slightly Foxed

– The article on Georgette Heyer was written by Julia Keay and appeared in Issue 16 of Slightly Foxed

– The articles on Proust were written by Anthony Wells and appeared in Issues 56, 57 and 58 of Slightly Foxed

– The article on M.R. James was written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith and appeared in Issue 4 of Slightly Foxed

– Jim Ring’s articles have appeared in Issues 14, 18, 27 and 43 of Slightly Foxed. His article on Swallows and Amazons can be read here, and on Erskine Childers here

Erskine Childers by Jim Ring is available directly from publishers Faber & Faber

– Veronika Hyks reads Liz Robinson’s article Kindred Spirits, which can be read in full here. Second-hand copies of Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader are available. Please get in touch for details

– Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

– Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

– James Lees Milne’s memoirs are out of print, but we may be able to get hold of second hand copies. Please get in touch for details

– Slightly Foxed Issue 60

Music & Sound effects:

– Reading music ‘Trio for Piano, Violin and Viola’ by Kevin MacLeod www.incompetech.com with thanks to freesfx.co.uk

– Reading sound effects ‘Pendulum Slow Ticking’ by Klankbeeld with thanks to freesound.org

The Slightly Foxed Podcast is hosted by Philippa Lamb and produced by Podcastable.


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  1. Liz Wicksteed says:

    Well, that was terrific! So interesting to hear how you work, to get some in-depth chat on a couple of topics and lots of alluring snippets on many others. This web page is beautifully presented as well. So far as Posy Simmonds is concerned – personally I am just deeply envious of you all for having a cartoon of yourselves, and fell immediately in love with Tarka, and I am sure that is true of many many of your readers! A very happy Christmas to you all.

  2. Patricia Oley says:

    Love listening to your 1st two podcasts. I have read your letters and because I live in South Shields which is a long way from you its lovely getting to know you.I love slightly foxed and look forward to it, and when I have readit I passit on to one of my friends who awaitsit eagerly and when she has read it , passes it on again. She is 89 and I am 81. The bonbon in my e mail address is my toy poodle Bonnie who is 12 and very good but as theysay up herehas ‘attitude’or if youlike selective hearing. She loveschasing thelocal cats except for one rather defiant one for whom she has great respect.She also sits and glares at anyone visiting who sits onher favourite sofa and if they are not keen on dogsjumps up and sits besidethem and genetslly makesherself a nuisanceto them unlessthey move.
    I love reading, have tons of books and occasionally have a small clear out inevitably finding a pressing desire for the missing books leading to a frantic search on line to try and replace them often at a much higher price than they originally cost.I am re learning Latin which I did up to olevel at school.Love doing it but have got to the hard part now trying to translate original texts. It has opened up a lot of literary doors for me so feel the effort is worth while.I enjoy books about the countryside in the past .
    so lovely to meet you all and I look forward very much to your future letters and podcasts. Thankyou.

  3. Dinah Mitchell says:

    Thank you, I got so excited to find you had a podcast. I’m a big podcast fan and often listen while I’m working from my studio in NSW. It’s wonderful to hear the voices behind Slightly Foxed and I loved hearing the dogs in the background too.

  4. Christine Taft says:

    From America: Thank you, Ladies. I loved your bookstore on Gloucester Road and have long given a subscription to a friend. Now I have my own and am transported every time I hear from you to that “Wonderful Land of Books” that lives within us. It is lovely to hear your voices and learn how it all began. You are a light in the darkness for us across the seas.

  5. Lorna Tones says:

    Oh joy, now you are sitting around my kitchen table as well!
    A masterly development for Slightly Foxed and one that adds another layer of pleasure to your inspirational idea and beautifully produced journals.

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