The Dale Hurst Writing Show – Season 1
2021 saw the launch of the podcast, The Dale Hurst Writing Show, in which Dale discusses issues surrounding the worlds of writing, publishing and storytelling with other people in the business. Guests include the spy novelist Collin Glavac, award-nominated poet and rapper S.P. Thane, videographer and photographer Jamie Webb, playwright Sebastian Gardner, and Dale Hall and Nels Challinor from Great Ape literary journal.
Find out a bit more about the episodes and guests below.
This episode explores fresh ways in which authors can approach the done-to-death fantasy genre. How can they break the mould that J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin set? And what can they look to for inspiration beyond the ubiquitous Norse mythology?
Daniel Pride is the author of the work-in-progress fantasy story Elayre: Risen King. He is also an entrepreneur and photographer. Therefore, you can check out some of his work at Silver Eden Photography on Instagram.
The second episode features spy novelist Collin Glavac, author of the John Carpenter series. As such, Collin is something of a seasoned expert when it comes to the thriller genre. In their discussion, Dale grills him on the “key ingredients” for perfecting the art of crafting a perfect thriller, and also finds out what would compel him to turn his hand to a James Bond novel. Furthermore, he finds out a little more about Collin’s urban YA fantasy, Vaulter’s Magic.
He may be a master of rhythm and rhyme, but S. P. Thane is also something of an expert on Far Eastern literature, storytelling, and art forms, such as manga and anime. While his current projects circulate his capacities as a poet and short story writer, he also has a manga in the works. One that blurs the lines between Eastern and Western storytelling conventions, which began as a collaboration with graphic designer and illustrator Michał Musiałek.
Dale finds out more about those conventions, and why certain story elements are seen as fully appropriate in countries like Japan, but result in bans over here.
Those who know Dale, his works and his channels well will know how much he loves a good villain. As both a reader and a writer, villains or antagonists are Dale’s favourite characters. But what exactly makes for the best antagonists? How can we, as writers, craft these characters that we love to hate, or maybe hate to love? Writer Josh Feiner joins him on a journey through some of the better-known traits for villains in literature, film, and real life, to find what characteristics 100% ought to be there.
There is no massive issue of literature or storytelling here. This episode is pure fun, getting to find out about someone else who decided to shout out Frédéric Chopin in their work. Sebastian Gardner, from Paper Mug Theatre, is the man behind the play I Lost My Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor. In the middle of a regional tour, he managed to find a window to talk to Dale about what inspired its premise and its impeccable title. Plus, we get a bit political as we discuss the treatment of theatres during the pandemic.
What is absurdism? What constitutes an absurdist piece? And how does one go about writing one? In this episode, Dale talks to not one but two experts on quite a complex and multifaceted style. Writers Dale Hall and Nels Challinor, also co-founding editors of the absurdist humour journal Great Ape, dole out their wisdom.
Theorists (and probably many fans) believe female characters are often side-lined in science fiction stories as sidekicks and devices to further the development of male protagonists, with heroines such as Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor being exceptions to the rule. In this episode, writer, sci-fi enthusiast, and cosplayer Amy Scott joins Dale in a discussion about the role of women in the science fiction genre. How it’s developing and where changes are still yet to be made.
Keep up with Amy’s latest goings-on on her Instagram feed.
True crime stories are enduringly popular, whether in documentary format like The Ted Bundy Tapes, in drama form such as ITV’s Des, or even in podcasts like the recent The Clown & The Candyman. But which format suits such stories best? Award-winning videographer and documentary filmmaker Jamie Webb joins to debate the proper place for true crime stories.
Marketing specialist Dan Buckley from Ocean View Marketing joins to offer a number of insights into things self-publishing authors should think about and look into when it comes to marketing. He busts some common myths, points out a few common traps, and pinpoints the key components to the marketing strategy of an independent publishing project. All this and more in rather a different episode of this podcast…
A festive treat to close off the season. Dale’s former podcasting partners James Boxall and Aaron Hayes join him for a discussion about Christmas stories. What are our enduring favourites? What do we look for in a Yuletide tale? And what stories are yet to be told at Christmas? All this, plus jokes, songs, and seasonal snippets, in this festive finale of The Dale Hurst Writing Show.