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

E11 – The Left Hand Of Darkness with Emily Inkpen Chronscast

This month we're talking about one of the all-time classics of science-fiction literature, and arguably the book that demonstrated science-fiction could be literature: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand Of Darkness, a million-selling Hugo and Nebula winner. We talk about the book's enduring legacy, its approach to worldbuilding, character, and loose(ish) plot, and how the book plays with ideas of light, darkness, a balance of the two, and ultimately, love. We also dig into the book's sexual politics, the extent to which the book is feminist with respect to its portrayals of sex and gender, and the controversies that greeted the book from some surprising sources.  Joining us to talk about Le Guin’s book is the author Emily Inkpen. Emily was born in South London and raised on the South Coast of England, but moved to Glasgow for her university years and now lives in Berkshire. She juggles copywriting for Marmalade Game Studio with writing novels, short stories and audio drama, and is the Social Media Officer for the BSFA. Elsewhere The Judge talks about monarchies in our writing, particularly pertinent given the recent succession in the UK. We have the winner of the Chrons October 75-word writing challenge, and peace talks at the 43rd Andromeda conference sadly collapse when the discussion turns to the erotic properties of golden eagles. Naturally. Join us in December for a talk about Christmas ghost stories with the author Alison Littlewood! Index [00:00 – ] Emily Inkpen Interview Pt 1 Voicemail 1 The Judge's Corner Writing Challenge Voicemail 2 Emily Inkpen Interview Pt 2
  1. E11 – The Left Hand Of Darkness with Emily Inkpen
  2. E9 – Lud In The Mist with Juliet E. McKenna
  3. E8 – Inish Carraig with Naomi Foyle
  4. E7 – Mythago Wood with John Jarrold
  5. E6 – House Of Leaves with Ed Wilson

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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