THE MAKING OF A NOVEL

Leslie Tate

Leslie Vs Leslie: a self-interview, discussing Leslie’s latest novel, Love’s Register:

What’s special about Love’s Register?

For starters, it’s longer than three novels put together. And it’s full-on, exploring the love lives of four UK generations. It also covers the climate emergency and how it affects young people today. It’s ambitious, but very much about the characters.

Does that mean it’s a character-led book? Continue reading THE MAKING OF A NOVEL

A WORKING CLASS WORD-SMITH IS SOMETHING TO BE

Julie Noble

I interviewed Yorkshire author and broadcaster Julie Noble about her successes in three writing competitions – the Northern Writers Award 2019, Arvon Gold Dust Award and Moniack Mhor Two Roads – and her Radio 4 show ‘My Name is Julie’, in which she interviewed people closely involved with disadvantaged families experiencing Summer Learning Loss because of lockdown.

Leslie: How did you put together ‘My Name is Julie’? What did you learn about the issue and presenting this kind of radio material & working with worried people? Continue reading A WORKING CLASS WORD-SMITH IS SOMETHING TO BE

JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS TITLE

Leslie Tate writes about searching for a title to his latest novel Love’s Register.

What’s in a Name?

Giving  my novel a title for publication was something I only thought about late on, close to the finishing line.  I’d put it off, mainly because the only way to get to the end was to carry on writing every day – and do nothing else.  Like cycling it was a case of keeping going, head down, or the mental muscles would go flabby.  Practice makes perfect. Continue reading JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS TITLE

A PUNK’S LIFE AS FICTION

Richard Cabut in the 80s

I interviewed prolific musician and novelist Richard Cabut who has published numerous fanzines and books, written for all the major musical magazines, and played bass guitar with post-punk band Brigandage.  Richard’s new novel, Looking for a Kiss, is a post-punk, pop art, acid odyssey. His creative answers cover sex, music, creativity and cultural change. Enjoy!

Leslie: Your new book is called Looking for a Kiss. Tell us about the surface story and the deeper concerns. How would you describe the process of adapting your life to a story? What are the advantages and limitations of this approach? Continue reading A PUNK’S LIFE AS FICTION

ART AND WORDS IN FICTION

Two passages from Love’s Register inspired by famous artworks. Both are from Beth’s diary, written during her illness:

1. It’s the boy falling from the skies who no one sees

Continue reading ART AND WORDS IN FICTION

CELEBRATING THE ELECTRIC CELLO & NEURODIVERGENCE

Jo-anne Cox

Interview with electric cellist Jo-anne Cox about her neurodivergent composition Defiant Journey blending music, activism and storytelling – a piece that transcends “the damming label of Borderline Personality Disorder” to “embrace the intensity, reactivity and exquisite sensitivity, that comes with having more powerful emotions than the norm.”

Leslie: Can you tell us about the electric cello, please. How it differs from the conventional cello in terms of sound, playing technique and characteristic repertoire? Continue reading CELEBRATING THE ELECTRIC CELLO & NEURODIVERGENCE

MARK STATMAN: EXILE HOME, NEW YORK TO MEXICO, PART 2

Marek Statman

In part two of my in-depth interview with international poet and translator Mark Statman I asked about his working methods, his poetry, and the culture of Mexico compared to New York. Mark’s latest collection, Exile Home has been written in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juárez after relocating from New York.

Leslie: What are your working methods?

Mark: I write all the time. I always have a notebook with me, a practice I started, I think, when I was in college. Continue reading MARK STATMAN: EXILE HOME, NEW YORK TO MEXICO, PART 2

LOVE’S REGISTER IS YUM-YUM!

Books benefit from attractive starters, layered and varied main courses and piquant endings . But although good ingredients help, it’s the treatment that matters. Usually slow, it takes time to prepare and longer to serve up but once digested, a book stays with us for life. Continue reading LOVE’S REGISTER IS YUM-YUM!

Author and Poet