Chronscast Episode 8 – Inish Carraig with Naomi Foyle!

Joining us this month is poet and novelist Naomi Foyle
Jo Zebedee’s alien invasion-cum-prison break thriller Inish Carraig

S1 E9 – Lud In The Mist with Juliet E. McKenna Chronscast

This month we're joined by the author fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna, creator of several epic series including The Tales of Einarinn, The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy. Juliet talks to us about one of the very first examples of what we might term "modern fantasy" – Hope Mirrlees' 192 novel Lud In The Mist. Juliet and I talk about where Lud sits in the canon of fantasy – we compare it to Tolkien, for example, and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books, as well as other modernist literature from the post-WW1 years of the 1920s.  There is talk about borders, the liminal spaces between spaces, and the reconciliation of our own prejudices and biases, as well as of silly names and Mirrlees's "interesting" approach to worldbuilding. Juliet talks to us about her own writing experiences, with particular reference to English folklore, myth, and the countryside, which is prevalent throughout her work and none more so than her current Green Man cycle of novels and her forthcoming Arthurian novel The Cleaving. We also discuss fantasy emerging from other cultures and parts of the world, and how writers should approach the writing and representation of other cultures.  Elsewhere, The Judge takes a break from her advisory talks and gives her own opinion and analysis of Lud In The Mist, which places the idea of laws, frameworks, and legal structures at the heart of the novel. We have two writing challenge winners in Doug Van Aarten and Jo Zebedee. Lastly, to coincide with the 40th anniversary release of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Captain Kirk is having trouble getting hold of the Division 4 football results, and lays the blame squarely on a certain green-blooded, pointy-eared crew member.  Next Month In October we'll be joined by the author Steven Hall to discuss his smash hit debut novel The Raw Shark Texts.  Index [00:00 – 43:53] Juliet E McKenna interview Part 1 [43:53 – 45:17] Voicemail 1 [45:17 – 1:01:13] The Judge's Corner [1:01:13 – 1:02:24] Voicemail 2 [1:02:24 – 1:05:47] Writing Challenge Winners [1:05:7 – 1:07:09] Voicemail 3 [1:07:09 – 1:48:55] Juliet E McKenna interview part 2 [1:48:55 – 1:51:01] Credits and close
  1. S1 E9 – Lud In The Mist with Juliet E. McKenna
  2. S1 E8 – Inish Carraig with Naomi Foyle
  3. S1 E7 – Mythago Wood with John Jarrold
  4. S1 E6 – House Of Leaves with Ed Wilson
  5. S1 E5 – WATCHMEN with Tade Thompson

This month we’re joined by the award-winning British-Canadian author, poet and essayist Naomi Foyle, to talk about Inish Carraig, the alien-invasion-cum-prison break thriller by one of the friends of Chronscast, Jo Zebedee.

Among the topics we cover is the quintessential “Norn Irishness” of the book, conveyed without ever lapsing into cliches about the Troubles, but yet acknowledging the unique history and culture of the place in a subtle and different manner. We also talk about the physiology of alien species, robots, the gothic setting, and the different identities and representations the book plays with.

Elsewhere we also discuss the possibilities and processes that enable writers to access Arts Council funding (England only) to further their writing careers. Specifically we talk about adapting one’s own work for other media; Naomi recently adapted her own Gaia Chronicles quartet of SF novels into a multimedia stage show, Astra, featuring cutting-edge puppetry, acting, music, and technical effects, and she discusses the mammoth effort this has entailed.

@The Judge corners us with another fascinating talk, this time about privacy. Her Honour also relates her winning entry from the July 75-word challenge, The Eternal Scapegoat, and (we think) Sally Rooney is having trouble with the accuracy – and the characters – of her latest, er, science fiction epic.

Next Month
In September’s episode we’ll be talking to fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna about Hope Mirrlees’s 1926 prototypical fantasy novel, Lud-In-The-Mist.

Index
[0:00:00 – 55:30] Naomi Foyle Interview Part 1
[55:30 – 56:42] Voicemail 1
[56:43 – 1:12:33] The Judge’s Corner
[1:12:38 – 1:13:45] Voicemail 2
[1:13:45 – 1:14:53] Writing Challenge Winner
[1:14:54 – 1:15:35] Voicemail 3
[1:15:37 – 2:00:44] Naomi Foyle Interview Part 2
[2:00:45 – 2:02:49] Credits and Close

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Published by Dan Jones

I'm a science fiction writer and podcaster. My debut novel Man O’War was published in 2018 by Snowbooks, and I’ve had a few short stories published here and there. I also host Chronscast, the official podcast of SFF Chronicles, the world's largest science-fiction and fantasy community. Away from writing I work for the UK Space Agency on a programme of space robotics for advanced satellite and planetary exploration technologies. All of which comes in rather handy when coming up with new ideas for science fiction stories.

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