The Dale Hurst Writing Show – Season 3

For its third season, The Dale Hurst Writing Show decided to spring for more seriousness. Discussing harder-hitting topics and subject matter for the benefit of the aspiring and up-and-coming writers among the listeners. In Season 3, the podcast saw the likes of novelists Awais Khan and Ashley Hickson-Lovence talk about their own work and covering themes such as honour killings, knife crime and county lines. Other guests include filmmaker Bertie Brosnan, freelance proofreader and editor Abbie Rutherford, and screenwriter Ryan Avery.

To kick off the third season premiere of The Dale Hurst Writing Show, Dale examined writing about the challenging subject of female honour and honour killings. Novelist Awais Khan, whose book No Honour covers such themes, offered his insights and experiences, and explained how he went about researching such a tough, complex subject.

Stay up to date with Awais’ news by following him on Instagram or on Goodreads.

We know you may be thinking we want to NOT think about the ongoing cost of living crisis. But don’t worry… we’ve kept it writing-centric. Nationally acclaimed poet Winston “Mayor” Lindsay joins us for a chat about his recent work, which channels themes of the cost of living crisis. His son and fellow poet Zayden Lindsay joins him later in the show to read a poem they both wrote, inspired by this very subject.

We also hear Mayor’s thoughts on whether poetry should be informed by the writer’s inner feelings or experiences of the world around them.

Stay up to date with Mayor’s news by following him on Instagram.

It’s a film-based episode this time around, discussing how to navigate the writing and production processes for creating films at an independent level. Helping answer these questions is special guest Bertie Brosnan, who draws on his diverse expertise and experience as a screenwriter, filmmaker, actor (the list goes on).

For more information, visit this page, or keep up with his work on Instagram and YouTube.

Ever wondered how to get past the commissioning department at a publishing company, at the first stages of the publishing process? Freelance editor and proofreader Abbie Rutherford, who at one time also worked as commissioning assistant at Bloodhound Books, lends her expertise to the inner workings of the department, and offers some guidance on how authors can take those first steps towards getting published.

For more information on Abbie and her services, visit her website.

Hitting the halfway point of the season and once again turning our attention to some tougher topics that we writers sometimes try to cover in our work. Novelist and academic Ashley Hickson-Lovence joins to discuss the themes of knife crime and county lines, which are prevalent in his upcoming novel Wild East.

For more information on Ashley and his work, visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

In the realms of fantasy and science fiction (among other genres), magic is the sort of thing that, without observing a few rules, could risk being overused (or underused). The question is, where does the line get drawn? Fantasy and horror author E.B. Hunter is our guest helping to answer this.

To find out more about E.B. Hunter and his work, visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

We all know a good horror movie when we see one, and we heard last season about how to write horror in novels and short stories. But what about in theatre? What are the creative considerations required to successfully write something scary for the stage? As our Halloween special for the season, New York playwright Justin McDevitt shares his expertise in writing the horror genre for the theatre, as well as his experiences crafting his monologue series Severed Heads.

To find out more about Justin and his work, visit his website or follow him on Instagram. Also head to his YouTube channel to view Severed Heads.

How do you go from a story idea to the formation of an entire TV series? An ambition for our host and a reality for our guest. Screenwriter Ryan Avery reflects on the writing process of over 400 pages of TV series script. Plus debunking the storytelling and character development flaws in certain popular series.

Follow Ryan on Instagram to keep up with his work and projects.

Something a little different for the last real discussion episode of the season. The podcast has had musicians on before, but this time, we’re joined by award-nominated composer and producer Jordan Pace, who sheds light on the ways that soundtracks and scores are used to assist the storytelling process in films and documentaries.

Follow Jordan on Instagram and his YouTube channel to keep up with his work and projects, and visit his website for more information.

Drawing a line under another season by reuniting with some old friends from previous episodes. We talk with all of them about their favourite Christmas stories, as well as:

Please note this episode contains occasional uses of moderate language.

The Dale Hurst Writing Show is a fortnightly, seasonal podcast. To get in touch about topics and guests for future seasons, or for more author news and views, refer to Dale’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, to check our latest updates, head over to the blog page.