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It's about words, written and read, maybe spoken out loud in person, on stage, or recorded and even sung and presented (mostly) by Philip Holden.

Long form chats with creators and users of words - pretty relaxed - just you and us. In these chats the guest brings a word and so does Philip - and thereby hangs a tale...

Episodes so far have featured James Graham, Ian Tucker-Bell, Tom Carradine, Liam Drew and Arthur Smith with more to come...

All supported by Mr Books Bookshop - the the home of independent, inspiring and imaginative books, gifts and conversation/

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Latest Episodes

Play/Pagoda with Arthur Smith

I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even (once again) sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the brilliant Arthur Smith who has been at the top of the tree of comedy for many many years and is often cited by other comedians as a hero. Arthur is one of the few performers who can genuinely claim to be a national treasure having become a fixture on Radio 4 on shows like Loose Ends and the One Show for BBC TV. He is also practically the headline act of every Edinburgh Fringe and frequently persuades visitors in summer that Arthur's Seat is named after him.Above all Arthur is a wordsmith (dammit, why didn't I say THAT during the podcast?) and apart from obviously writing his own material (and giving comedy masterclasses) he writes movingly about his upbringing, his parents, his love of walking, friendship and just getting on with life. Many of his pieces are collected in his new book 100 Things I Meant to Tell You.Arthur and I talked about his love of walking which started as a boy hiking around the Lakes and along the Pennine Way. We talk about nearly killing his audience, his worst gig and how he's managing to get through lock down without performing and without his beloved Edinburgh Festival.Arthur's word for this episode should have been Pagoda whilst mine was Play but for reasons I explain...kind of...we didn't even mention them. Nevertheless, it was a lovely chat with a lovely bloke.You can order Arthur's books from Mr Books Bookshop here and you can find out about Arthur's gigs (when they do eventually happen) and his Patreon page at his website, here.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksYou can order the books mentioned via Mr Books and get 20% off for August and September 2020, if you mention 'Ideas in Writing'Arthur’s 100 Things I Meant to Tell You. (AA) is £14.39.(RRP £17.99).Arthur also mentioned a couple of other books - The Lives And Extraordinary Adventures Of Fifteen Tramp Writers From The Golden Age Of Vagabondage by Ian Cutler (Feral House) is £10.39 (RRP £12.99) and The Complete Short Stories by Saki (Penguin) is £8.79 (RRP £10.99)Alfred Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey: The Story of a Long Walk in 1938 (1986) is not currently available unfortunately.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 minAUG 25
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Play/Pagoda with Arthur Smith

Connection/Auto-correct with Liam Drew

I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the science writer Liam Drew, author of I-Mammal, a great book about what it means to be a mammal.Liam's word for this episode was Connection whilst mine was auto-correct (I can't link to my usual Visuwords as it's not there; the Oxford English Dictionary only listed it in 2011 here..so here's the word 'correct' instead).We talked about Liam's book and his writing for Nature, New Scientist and the Guardian amongst others. We talked about what makes science-writing good and how Liam made the transition from being a neuroscientist - studying the senses and epilepsy - to a freelance writer. We discussed evolution, brain implants, the need for a human perspective on science stories, scientists, pandemics, Twitter antivaxxers and his forthcoming book for children...but we didn't talk about the Tapir.You can order Liam's book from Mr Books Bookshop here (and find out about the tapir yourself). You can find Liam's other writing by going to Nature and searching for his name. Likewise at the New Scientist website and The Guardian.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksLiam also mentioned a few writers that he admires so here they are...Gay Talese - http://www.gaytalese.com (takes you to his page at his publishers Random House)Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/ and at the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/profile/rebeccasolnitEd Yong https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ed-yong/Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

74 minAUG 4
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Connection/Auto-correct with Liam Drew

Quodlibet/Craft with Tom Carradine

Hello, I'm Philip Holden and in this episode I talk to Tom Carradine, a dapper chap who is well known for his Cockney Singalong.Tom's word of the episode is quodlibet (no, me neither) while mine is craft, which I think suits the skill and talent Tom brings to the podcast.In this this chat Tom talks about his experience in the pit of West End musicals and as a piano entertainer - preserving and sharing great songs from over a century ago right up to the present day(ish). We discuss what makes a funny and engaging song - and how come we all know the chorus.You can find lots of Tom's work at - www.tomcarradine.com and www.carradinescockneysingalong.co.uk. Look for his singalong on Facebook and/or tomcarradinepianist and follow him on Twitter @tomcarradineIdeas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. You can find it at mrbooks.co.uk and on Twitter @mrbooks_ton to order a...

95 minJUL 1
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Quodlibet/Craft with Tom Carradine

Journey/Palimpsest with Ian Tucker-Bell

Hello, I'm Philip Holden and in this episode I talk to Ian Tucker-Bell writer and composer.In the vein of Ready Steady Cook, Ian brings along his ingredient - the word journey whilst I offer mine; the pretentious palimpsest. So the conversation reflects how our own experiences inevitably shine through in writing and performance and how, even though you might want to escape it, sometimes you just have to embrace it. We also talk about forthcoming projects and plans.You can see and hear Ian’s work online via the Viral Theatre Festival website www.ViralFestival.net and at the OrangeWorks and on SoundCloud.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. You can find it at mrbooks.co.uk and on Twitter @mrbooks_ton to order all kinds of books new and second hand – or you can visit them – at least when they reopen after the Covid lockdown.CREDITS & linksIdeas in Writing is...

61 minJUN 21
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Journey/Palimpsest with Ian Tucker-Bell

James Graham in conversation with Jack Holden

This is the very first Ideas in Writing podcast - supported by Mr Books Bookshop Tonbridge, Kent.This first event was recorded at the Old Fire Station with a live audience.In it James Graham (Brexit: The Uncivil War, Labour of Love, Quiz, Ink) talks about his life, his writing and how he made Rupert Murdoch into a sympathetic character. He also talks about the Coughing Major and what's coming up next.It was recorded in October 2017Theme music (C) Sid StaffordSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

81 minJUN 8
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James Graham in conversation with Jack Holden
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Latest Episodes

Play/Pagoda with Arthur Smith

I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even (once again) sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the brilliant Arthur Smith who has been at the top of the tree of comedy for many many years and is often cited by other comedians as a hero. Arthur is one of the few performers who can genuinely claim to be a national treasure having become a fixture on Radio 4 on shows like Loose Ends and the One Show for BBC TV. He is also practically the headline act of every Edinburgh Fringe and frequently persuades visitors in summer that Arthur's Seat is named after him.Above all Arthur is a wordsmith (dammit, why didn't I say THAT during the podcast?) and apart from obviously writing his own material (and giving comedy masterclasses) he writes movingly about his upbringing, his parents, his love of walking, friendship and just getting on with life. Many of his pieces are collected in his new book 100 Things I Meant to Tell You.Arthur and I talked about his love of walking which started as a boy hiking around the Lakes and along the Pennine Way. We talk about nearly killing his audience, his worst gig and how he's managing to get through lock down without performing and without his beloved Edinburgh Festival.Arthur's word for this episode should have been Pagoda whilst mine was Play but for reasons I explain...kind of...we didn't even mention them. Nevertheless, it was a lovely chat with a lovely bloke.You can order Arthur's books from Mr Books Bookshop here and you can find out about Arthur's gigs (when they do eventually happen) and his Patreon page at his website, here.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksYou can order the books mentioned via Mr Books and get 20% off for August and September 2020, if you mention 'Ideas in Writing'Arthur’s 100 Things I Meant to Tell You. (AA) is £14.39.(RRP £17.99).Arthur also mentioned a couple of other books - The Lives And Extraordinary Adventures Of Fifteen Tramp Writers From The Golden Age Of Vagabondage by Ian Cutler (Feral House) is £10.39 (RRP £12.99) and The Complete Short Stories by Saki (Penguin) is £8.79 (RRP £10.99)Alfred Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey: The Story of a Long Walk in 1938 (1986) is not currently available unfortunately.Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

61 minAUG 25
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Play/Pagoda with Arthur Smith

Connection/Auto-correct with Liam Drew

I'm Philip Holden and this is Ideas in Writing - the podcast where we talk to people who use words - written, spoken, performed and even sung. The guest brings along a word and so do I...it's all downhill from there on...In this episode I talk to the science writer Liam Drew, author of I-Mammal, a great book about what it means to be a mammal.Liam's word for this episode was Connection whilst mine was auto-correct (I can't link to my usual Visuwords as it's not there; the Oxford English Dictionary only listed it in 2011 here..so here's the word 'correct' instead).We talked about Liam's book and his writing for Nature, New Scientist and the Guardian amongst others. We talked about what makes science-writing good and how Liam made the transition from being a neuroscientist - studying the senses and epilepsy - to a freelance writer. We discussed evolution, brain implants, the need for a human perspective on science stories, scientists, pandemics, Twitter antivaxxers and his forthcoming book for children...but we didn't talk about the Tapir.You can order Liam's book from Mr Books Bookshop here (and find out about the tapir yourself). You can find Liam's other writing by going to Nature and searching for his name. Likewise at the New Scientist website and The Guardian.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. They're on Twitter too @mrbooks_ton. But most importantly of all, you can visit them (in the lovely market town of Tonbridge in Kent) for a browse any Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.Don't forget to subscribe for new episodes coming up.CREDITS & linksLiam also mentioned a few writers that he admires so here they are...Gay Talese - http://www.gaytalese.com (takes you to his page at his publishers Random House)Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/ and at the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/profile/rebeccasolnitEd Yong https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ed-yong/Ideas in Writing is recorded and produced by Philip Holden using Zencastr and Acast.comThe Ideas in Writing theme "Farting Around" is by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/The "Light Easy March" sting is by ...dog http://www.besonic.com/dogSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

74 minAUG 4
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Connection/Auto-correct with Liam Drew

Quodlibet/Craft with Tom Carradine

Hello, I'm Philip Holden and in this episode I talk to Tom Carradine, a dapper chap who is well known for his Cockney Singalong.Tom's word of the episode is quodlibet (no, me neither) while mine is craft, which I think suits the skill and talent Tom brings to the podcast.In this this chat Tom talks about his experience in the pit of West End musicals and as a piano entertainer - preserving and sharing great songs from over a century ago right up to the present day(ish). We discuss what makes a funny and engaging song - and how come we all know the chorus.You can find lots of Tom's work at - www.tomcarradine.com and www.carradinescockneysingalong.co.uk. Look for his singalong on Facebook and/or tomcarradinepianist and follow him on Twitter @tomcarradineIdeas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. You can find it at mrbooks.co.uk and on Twitter @mrbooks_ton to order a...

95 minJUL 1
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Quodlibet/Craft with Tom Carradine

Journey/Palimpsest with Ian Tucker-Bell

Hello, I'm Philip Holden and in this episode I talk to Ian Tucker-Bell writer and composer.In the vein of Ready Steady Cook, Ian brings along his ingredient - the word journey whilst I offer mine; the pretentious palimpsest. So the conversation reflects how our own experiences inevitably shine through in writing and performance and how, even though you might want to escape it, sometimes you just have to embrace it. We also talk about forthcoming projects and plans.You can see and hear Ian’s work online via the Viral Theatre Festival website www.ViralFestival.net and at the OrangeWorks and on SoundCloud.Ideas in Writing is produced with the support of Mr Books Bookshop in Tonbridge - the home of inspiring, imaginative and intelligent books, gifts and conversation. You can find it at mrbooks.co.uk and on Twitter @mrbooks_ton to order all kinds of books new and second hand – or you can visit them – at least when they reopen after the Covid lockdown.CREDITS & linksIdeas in Writing is...

61 minJUN 21
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Journey/Palimpsest with Ian Tucker-Bell

James Graham in conversation with Jack Holden

This is the very first Ideas in Writing podcast - supported by Mr Books Bookshop Tonbridge, Kent.This first event was recorded at the Old Fire Station with a live audience.In it James Graham (Brexit: The Uncivil War, Labour of Love, Quiz, Ink) talks about his life, his writing and how he made Rupert Murdoch into a sympathetic character. He also talks about the Coughing Major and what's coming up next.It was recorded in October 2017Theme music (C) Sid StaffordSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/importing-606. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

81 minJUN 8
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James Graham in conversation with Jack Holden
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