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Welcome, poetry enthusiasts, to a world where words dance, emotions flow, and creativity soars. Get ready for ”Talk Poetry To Me,” hosted by the captivating Daizi Rae. In each episode, we’ll dive headfirst into the hearts and minds of the East Midlands’ most inspiring poets and spoken word artists. We’ll uncover their stories, their inspirations, and what makes their poetic souls tick. We’ll venture into the depths of their personal lives, exploring the moments that shaped them into the poet ...
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The last two flash fiction stories of season 7 were written with a Harris Burdick image in mind. And boy, we were not disappointed with the submissions for this prompt. We're sharing I Don't Want to Behave, written by Carolyn Ward-Daniels. And The Quest, written by Bob Sharp. Massive thanks to everyone that submitted flash fiction stories for this …
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For this episode, Jude Lennon. joins us for an enlightening conversation about her novel Kintsugi. A family saga that spans decades and shows us that our lives are every bit as fragile as the most delicate bone china. ~You can find this seasons indie authors on our social media, if you want to read along. You can also find the full list of all ten …
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Two fluffy canine flash fiction stories for your listening pleasure this week, from the writing prompt, which was an image of a dog on a beach. Presenting; Coco, written and narrated by April Berry. Followed by Bad Boys, written by George Thomson, and narrated by Daizi Rae. Massive thanks to everyone that submitted flash fiction stories for this wr…
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For this episode, we chatted about Even a Pandemic Can't Stop Love and Murder, a novel by A E S O'Neill. It took some time to warm up to this one, but it was worth the effort for one of us at least. A good cast of murkier than most characters, but it is mob related, so they weren't going to be sweethearts. ~ You can find this seasons indie authors …
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Three stories for your listening pleasure this week, from the writing prompt, which was an image, a piece called Leaving on a Jet Plane by Kevin O'Keeffe. Presenting; Flowers of the Field, written and narrated by Jacqui Jay. Followed by Poison was the Cure, written and narrated by Daizi Rae. And rounding off with The Journey, written and narrated b…
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For this episode, we chatted about Last of the Old School, a novel by Richard John Thornton. A most interesting conversation. I can't remember the last time we disliked a character this much, but still read the book. ~ You can find this seasons indie authors on our social media, if you want to read along. You can also find the full list of all ten …
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Three stories for your listening pleasure this week, from the writing prompt Betrayal. Dead Ringer for Love, written by Emily George, then Olivia, written by April Berry. And rounding off with Friends Like These, written by Daizi Rae. Massive thanks to everyone that submitted flash fiction stories for this writing prompt. We love your work. You can…
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For this episode, we almost but not quite chatted with Onia Fox about their style of writing and their author journey. Onia is a very private person who uses a pen name and does not appear in public, so we used a guest voice we found in the attic to bring life to Onia's words. Onia's books don't stick to one genre, however, Jessica Taylor (Onia's m…
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A Pocket Full of Stars is this episodes writing prompt. It created quite the response from writers old and new, and for that we thank you. It made us so happy. It also prompted a slight change to this episode. But rest assured we would never take away (y)our beloved stories, so for your listening pleasure we chose today’s story from JJ Grafton. Mas…
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For this episode, we chatted with Ivan Luiz Hernandez about his debut novel Isla Vulnerable: A Cuban Farm Boy Transforms Into a US Spy Based on a true story, Isla Vulnerable—an Amazon Bestseller, Biography, Espionage and Thriller—tells the story of how a poor farm boy named Victor Gomez transforms into a US spy, while falling for the very public Sa…
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We have chosen two stories for your delight in this episode: Swipe Right, written by JJ Grafton. And, An Artful Persona, written by Danielle Woodgate. Two stories with well-developed characters, and nicely intriguing. Not a simple thing to do in so few words. Massive thanks to everyone that submitted flash fiction stories for this writing prompt. W…
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For this episode, we chatted with J S Savage about his debut novel The Mystery of Treefall Manor: An Inspector Graves locked-room mystery. "A house full of suspects. Two dogged detectives. One impossible murder. When the owner of the Treefall Estate, Alexander Grimbourne, is murdered on the morning of his daughter’s wedding, the local police are st…
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Happy New Year! We're bringing you a bumper crop of 5 flash fiction stories for your listening pleasure. 2 for the writing prompt - S/he made a poor job of - from George Thomson and Daizi. And 3 from the writing prompt - The Unseen Neighbour - from Sue Hayward, Daizi and April. You can find this seasons indie authors on our social media, if you wan…
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For this episode, we chatted with Damien Linnane about his new memoir Raw: Raw chronicles a childhood marred by physical and sexual abuse, and a man’s subsequent search for identity in unhealthy places, such as violent gangs and the military. Childhood trauma reaches a climax when Damien tracks down and firebombs the home of a rapist. He subsequent…
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For this episode, we chatted with Robyn Nyx about Dead Pretty: An FBI agent, a TV star, and a serial killer. Love hurts. (Dak Farrell: FBI Romantic Suspense Thrillers Book 1) “Special Agent Dak Farrell works cold cases, and she’s damn good at it. She’s always on the move and doesn’t care where the next case takes her. But when the Salt Lake City po…
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The writing prompt for this episode of flash fiction stories was The Unreliable Mirror. Thank you so much as always for your overwhelming support and your fabulous submissions. Dysmorphia, written and narrated by Daizi Rae. For Better or Curse, written and narrated by Carolyn Ward-Daniels. Fireflies, written and narrated by April Berry. You can fin…
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Welcome to "Talk Poetry To Me." Today I’m talking to spoken word artist and author of Outspoken. A hard hitting, no holds barred, unapologetically in your face poetry book - Welcome to the show True Colours. You can learn more about True Colours right here >> true_colours_in_poetry thank you for joining me, Daizi xx e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com Twitt…
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For this episode, we chatted with Paul McMurrough about Control (Powerless Earth Book 2). 'With the world still crippled by an unprecedented power cut, Lisa, Simon, and Derek find refuge at Lisa’s family home in Donegal .... an ageing relic of Ireland’s troubled past sees it as a patriotic duty to step in and take control, by any means necessary.' …
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The first flash fiction episode of the new season and we are overwhelmed at the amount of listeners that jumped right in with story submissions. We love you guys, thank you so much. The first prompt was The Midnight Library, and we chose three terrific stories for your listening pleasure, Written by Sue Hayward, Sandy Biddles and Dean Wrigley You c…
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Talk poetry to me... today I’m talking to spoken word poet and author of Midnight Muses, a debut poetry collection offering solace in the silence and insight into a fellow mind - Welcome to the show Dempsey Grinion You can learn more about Dempsey right here >> Dempsey Grinion Join me again next Wednesday, see you then. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com T…
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Talk Poetry To Me introduces another wordy Wednesday with a very special guest, Claire Meyrick. Get to know about her writing journey and listen to her perform three of her pieces. You can learn more about Claire right here >> Claire Meyrick Join me again next Wednesday, see you then. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com Twitter / X: @TalkPoetry_2Me Instagra…
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It was our absolute pleasure to kick off the season with an interview with indie author Jo Fletcher about her debut novel, Here You Are. You can find this seasons indie authors on our social media, if you want to read along. You can also find the full list of all ten flash fiction writing prompts there, too. facebook: barebookspodcast Instagram: ba…
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Talk Poetry To Me introduces a poet who has published over thirty books of poetry and numerous novels - Welcome, Elliot M Rubin. You can learn more about Elliott right here >> Elliot M Rubin Join me again next Wednesday, see you then. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com Twitter / X: @TalkPoetry_2Me Instagram: @TalkPoetry_2Me Musical intro/outro supplied by …
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It feels like we've waited an absolute age for season seven to arrive. A new reading list. More indie author interviews. Getting to know independent authors old and new.More flash fiction - to read, to write, to share. Life is good!You can find this seasons indie authors on our social media, if you want to read along. You can also find the full lis…
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Talk Poetry To Me introduces the driving force behind Connecting Creatives in Derby and Real Talk. He is a real man of the people. The glue that holds local creatives together and introduces us all to each other. He's also a writer and performer known online as the Silent One and the poetic Gardner - Tanvir Akram You can learn more about Tanvir Akr…
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Talk Poetry To Me, introduces a powerful yet personal spoken word artist this week. Not afraid to lay themselves bare, it was a pleasure to spend time talking to Kane Corvus. You can learn more about Kane Corvus right here >> Kane Speaks Join me next Wednesday with my guest, Tanvir Akram. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com Twitter / X: @TalkPoetry_2Me Inst…
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Talk Poetry To Me, introduces a nurturing soul in this episode. Spoken word artist and author Sarah Elliott. Sarah compiled an anthology of poems called United Under One Sun: poems on transformation through joy and pain. Featuring her poems along with three other poets. You can learn more about Sarah Elliott right here >> Writing For Light Join me …
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Talk Poetry To Me, introduces spoken word artist and inspiration Chris Oliver to you this week. Chris features in an anthology of poems called United Under One Sun: poems on transformation through joy and pain by Sarah Elliott. You can learn more about Chris online here >> Chris Oliver Spoken Word Join me next Wednesday with my fabulous guest, Sara…
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Talk Poetry To Me, introduces Sarfraz Ahmed to you this week. Author of Eighty-Four Pins and The Ramblings of a Romantic Poet, amongst other titles. You can learn more about Sarfraz online, and to start you off, this is a link to his Facebook account: Sarfraz Ahmed Join me next Wednesday with my next guest, Chris Oliver. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com …
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Welcome to the first exciting episode of Talk Poetry To Me, with my guest, Joe Zux. Poet and spoken word artist, Joe, is the author of Insolent, Introverted and Ignorant, and King of the Toast. Jo Zux Poetry & Music Join me next Wednesday with my next guest, Sarfraz Amed. e: talkpoetry2me@gmail.com Twitter / X: @TalkPoetry_2Me Instagram: @TalkPoetr…
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Talk Poetry To Me releases a brand new episode every Wednesday. I can’t wait to share this poetic journey with you. So, remember, every Wednesday, we’ll be here, ready to talk poetry to you. Follow along and get ready to be enchanted by poets and spoken word artists from around the East Midlands. Join me next Wednesday with my first guest of the se…
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Absolutely no writing prompt for the last flash fiction episode of the season. These are the three stories you can listen to today: Ghost Hunter - written by Daizi Rae and narrated by April Berry. The ideas for this story came from Write Queer, hosted by Derbyshire LGBT. The Long Furlough - written and narrated by Carolyn Ward-Daniels. It doesn't d…
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The writing prompt Teamwork inspired the two stories we bring you today: Is Gary a Team Player? - written and narrated by Daizi Rae - I would definitely recommend being nicer to your coworkers. Teamwork - written by Sandy Biddles and narrated by April Berry - Animals are so much better at teamwork than us humans! You can find Bare Books Flash Ficti…
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This episode brings you a review on the rougher side of candid, of A Natural History of Transition, written by Callum Angus. You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology [Volume l] here on Amazon. You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology [Volume ll] here on Amazon. Sales from this book are what will keep us promoting indie authors for FRE…
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The writing prompt The Blank Page inspired the two stories we bring you today: Comeuppance - written and narrated by April Berry - Beware, adulterers, life has a way of coming for you. The Lonely Writer's Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt - written and narrated by Daizi Rae - What price fame? You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology [Volume l] …
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This episode brings you a fun and candid interview with the author of The Misperception: Holiday Series, Book 5, Nicole Pyland. Nicole has now released 51 lesbian romance titles, so if you like what you hear today and you take about a week to read a new book, you have almost a year's worth of reading ahead of you. See more about Nicole at https://w…
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The writing prompt Unrepentant inspired the two stories we bring you today: Gip - written and narrated by Finbar Ansbe - a vengeful, unrepentant motorcycle riding pig. Unrepentant - written and narrated by April Berry - a dark tale steeped in truth. You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology [Volume l] here on Amazon. All proceeds from sales o…
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This episode sees us review Spinning Tales by Brey Willows. Find out more about her at breywillows.com "Maggie McShay wants a little magic in her life. Something more than the drab existence of going to work and coming home to a cat that barely tolerates her. It’s up to Maggie, her grumpy, shape-shifting cat, a dwarf hell-bent on finding romance, a…
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The writing prompt Cliche inspired the two stories we bring you today: It's an Uphill Battle - written by JA Fabre and narrated by Daizi Rae. You can find this story just before 2 minutes into the episode. Salt of the Earth - written by Sandy Biddles and narrated by April Berry. You can find this story just after the 10 minute mark. A couple of use…
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This episode sees us review the highly amusing Daniel and Eriks Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist written by K. E. Belladonne. This story follows our two main characters, Daniel and Erik, from their first meeting, through dating and falling in love. They love each other so much they decide to get married. This story joins the two of them, and th…
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The writing prompt: The Circle inspired the two stories we bring you today. The Circle - written and narrated by April Berry. You can find this story just after 3 minutes into the episode. Trans Centric Circle - written and narrated by Daizi Rae. You can find this story just after the 10 minute mark. You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology …
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Thank you for joining us! This episode finds us reviewing a lesbian fiction anthology. *Girls Next Door, edited by Sandy Lowe and Stacia Seaman, contains 19 stories told from the heart - sexy, romantic tales of falling for the girl next door. You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology Volume ll on Amazon. Sales from this book are what will kee…
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Merry Christmas from Daizi and April at Bare Books xx Our way of wishing you a Merry Christmas is to bring you two brand new Christmas stories on this special day: The Tale of William Pinter by Dean Wrigley (narrated by April Berry). You can find this story around 1 minute into the episode. The Day Christmas Was Cancelled written and narrated by Da…
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Join our ever-growing podcast family and get your creative juices flowing. We choose our favourite stories to be read out on the podcast… This season's first prompt was a set of photos: I saw scattered and trampled flowers on the beach on holiday last month, followed by a rock that looked like it had grown around a gold ring, all kinds of images of…
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Thank you for joining us! This episode is all about Clare Lydon, getting to know her a little, and chatting all things The Christmas Catch, which is her new lesbian romance out in good time for Christmas. You can learn more about Clare on her website at: clarelydon.co.uk You can find Bare Books Flash Fiction Anthology Volume ll on Amazon. Sales fro…
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It’s so good to be back. Season 6 is upon us; more reading, more reviews, more interviews, getting to know new authors. More flash fiction - writing prompts and stories to write and share. We have some super exciting news to share too. Our Brand New Flash Fiction Anthology - Volume ll - The kindle edition is on Amazon pre order right now, ahead of …
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For your listening pleasure! The long awaited episode where we finally pinned down Carolyn Ward-Daniels for a frank and fabulous interview discussing her latest novel The Flint Babies. Indie writers, old and new, have gotten involved with the podcast, and we'd like to say a huge thank you to every one of them. You can find our flash fiction antholo…
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For your listening pleasure! Thank you, as always, to all of you, for sending in your stories. We love what you do! This episode April and I have each chosen our one stand out flash fiction piece to share with you: The Line Surfer, written by Bob Sharp. [Daizis choice] and Next Door, written by Jayne Love. [Aprils choice] You can find our flash fic…
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For you’re listening pleasure! This month we have both read and reviewed Rapid Eye Movement by Amanda Sheridan. Download and listen to our reviews. Maybe you'll be tempted to read this one on our recommendation, maybe not? If you’ve already read it, why not pop on social media and let us know your thoughts. Only one more episode of flash fiction fo…
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Bare Books Bite-size for your listening pleasure! We had our first live gig in April at Copper Cogs in Long Eaton in the Midlands. We had some totally amazing and fun interaction with the audience who wrote us some excellent flash fiction, inspired by photographs from two local photographers, Chris Davis and Tony fisher. This bite-size episode brin…
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