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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Our podcasts bring you readings and in-depth discussions with highly acclaimed authors… read more

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Eula Biss, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 104

June 17th, 2022


In 2021 Eula Biss talked to editor Josie Mitchell on the distortions of capital, bartering with Pokémon cards and the conditions necessary for …

Stephanie Sy-Quia, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 103

June 10th, 2022


Last year Stephanie Sy-Quia spoke to online editor Josie Mitchell about modern cathedrals, telling her grandmothers’ stories and the impulse to …

Tice Cin, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 102

June 3rd, 2022


Last year Tice Cin spoke to Josie Mitchell about poetry, brutalist architecture and returning home.

Tice Cin is an interdisciplinary artist from north London. Her debut novel Keeping the House has been longlisted for …

Anuk Arudpragasam, The Granta Podcast Ep. 101

May 27th, 2022


In 2021 Anuk Arudpragasam spoke to Josie Mitchell about the influence of Thomas Bernhard, writing in the wake of war and his relationship to the …

Kathryn Scanlan, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 100

November 18th, 2020


Back in the early summer of 2020, the writer Kathryn Scanlan joined Josie Mitchell to talk about her story collection, The Dominant Animal. They …

Joanna Kavenna, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 99

November 11th, 2020


Joanna Kavenna joins Josie Mitchell to discuss Zed – a sci-fi dystopia exploring our fears about the psychological cost of surveillance capitalism. 

Caleb Klaces, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 98

November 4th, 2020


Caleb Klaces joins Josie Mitchell to talk about about his debut novel, Fatherhood – his poet’s account of becoming a father.

Back at the beginning of the UK lockdown, they discussed parenting your kids at home, and …

Sophie Mackintosh, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 97

October 28th, 2020


Sophie Mackintosh speaks to editor Josie Mitchell about her new novel, Blue Ticket. They talk about what it means to be pregnancy-adjacent, the bloodthirsty aspects of motherhood, and letting the body have what it …

Ottessa Moshfegh, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 96

October 21st, 2020


Ottessa Moshfegh joined Josie Mitchell to talk about about her novel, Death in Her Name.

They discuss the ‘perfect storm’ trapping us inside with our …

Carmen Maria Machado, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 95

October 14th, 2020


Carmen Maria Machado discusses her new memoir, In the Dream House, with Josie Mitchell. They discuss memory as architecture, formal experimentation, and making space for queer narrative. 

Carmen is the author of Her Body …

Momtaza Mehri, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 94

October 7th, 2020


Josie Mitchell talks to Momtaza Mehri about her pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, out with Goldsmiths Shorts. They discuss the value of …

Jenny Offill, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 93

September 30th, 2020


Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, talks to editor Josie Mitchell about her new novel, Weather. They discuss pre-apocalypse warnings, the …

Sandra Newman: The Granta Podcast Ep. 92

June 28th, 2019


Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, Cake, The Country of Ice Cream Star and four non-fiction books including the memoir Changeling. Her most recent novel The Heavens is …

Maureen N. McLane: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 91

January 23rd, 2018


Maureen N. McLane reads from her book My Poets. My Poets begins its first chapter ‘proem, in the form of a Q&A’, which is what you hear at the beginning of the recording. The second part of the recording is from ‘My …

Kamila Shamsie: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 90

November 24th, 2017


Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels and one book of non-fiction. Among many other accolades, Kamila is a Fellow of the Royal Society of …

Max Porter reads Will Self: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 89

November 14th, 2017


In this episode of the Granta podcast, Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers reads ‘False Blood’ by Will Self. Diagnosed with a rare blood condition, Self attends weekly ‘venesections’ (the modern-day …

Margo Jefferson reads Kathleen Collins: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 88

July 19th, 2017


In this episode of the Granta podcast, Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, reads Kathleen Collins’s short story, ‘The Uncle’, taken from the …

Andrea Stuart: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 87

July 4th, 2017


In this episode of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell speaks with Andrea Stuart about her essay ‘Travels in Pornland’. They discuss the value of feminist porn, the importance of counter narratives and the challenges …

George Saunders In Conversation: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 86

April 10th, 2017


Luke Neima talks to George Saunders about his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. They discuss the pressures on Abraham Lincoln during the civil war, …

Diane Williams: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 85

February 27th, 2017


In this edition of the Granta podcast, editor Luke Neima talks to Diane Williams, the author of eight books of fiction and founder and editor of the distinguished literary annual NOON. Diane reads from her latest book, …

Ros Porter reads Carmen Maria Machado: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 84

October 31st, 2016


Rosalind Porter reads Carmen Maria Machado’s ‘The Husband Stitch’. The story was first published in 2015, and went on to be nominated for the Nebula …

Madeleine Thien: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 83

October 3rd, 2016


In this edition of the Granta Podcast, editor Ka Bradley speaks with Madeleine Thien about her book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which has recently been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. They talk about translating …

Astrid Alben: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 82

September 19th, 2016


In this edition of the Granta podcast we speak to Astrid Alben, who reads a selection from her book of poetry Plainspeak, discusses her work as a translator and as an editor of the interdisciplinary journal Pars, shares …

The Irish Writing Boom: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 81

July 6th, 2016


In our latest podcast, Joanna Walsh discusses the Irish Writing Boom with Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press; Susan Tomaselli, editor of Gorse Journal; …

Sally Rooney and Joanna Walsh: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 80

July 6th, 2016


Sally Rooney and Joanna Walsh: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 80 by Granta Magazine

New Irish Writing: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 79

May 9th, 2016


Ireland has one of the world's most distinguished literary traditions. In Granta 135: New Irish Writing, we showcase contemporary Irish fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.For the launch of the issue, Granta and …

No Man’s Land: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 78

March 2nd, 2016


Last year we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but the legacy of war and communism lives on in eastern Europe. In the new issue of Granta – No Man’s Land – Peter Pomerantsev writes …

Patrick deWitt and Neel Mukherjee: The Granta Podcast Ep. 77

December 18th, 2015


Neel Mukherjee and Patrick deWitt discuss their books, Undermajordomo Minor and The Lives of Others, subconscious influence, the power of the exclamation mark and love.

Hiromi Kawakami: The Granta Podcast Ep. 76

May 20th, 2014


Hiromi Kawakami is a novelist, haiku poet, literary critic and essayist. Her books include 'Manazuru, Pasuta mashiin yūrei' ('Pasta Machine Ghosts') and 'Sensei no kaban' ('The Briefcase'), published as 'Strange Weather …

Ruth Ozeki: The Granta Podcast Ep. 75

March 31st, 2014


Ruth Ozeki is the author of 'My Year of Meats', 'All Over Creation' and 'A Tale for the Time Being', which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For Granta’s Japan issue, …

Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 74

March 13th, 2014


In the latest Granta podcast, Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg discuss recent South African history, their personal relationship to Johannesburg, and their personal relationship to a divided city. Mark Gevisser is the …

Lindsey Hilsum: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 73

October 22nd, 2013


Lindsey Hilsum is International Editor of Channel Four News and the author of ‘Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution’.In 1994 she was the only …

Juan Pablo Villalobos: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 72

September 18th, 2013


In the latest Granta podcast, we’re joined by Juan Pablo Villalobos, author of 'Down the Rabbit Hole', which was nominated for the 2011 Guardian …

Eleanor Catton: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 71

September 10th, 2013


Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, The Rehearsal, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and the Dylan Thomas Prize, longlisted for The Orange Prize and received a Betty Task award. Her second novel, The …

Lina Wolff: The Granta Podcast Ep. 70

August 27th, 2013


Granta speaks to Lina Wolff, author of the story collection 'Många människor dör som du' ('Many Pepole Die Like You') and the novel 'Bret Easton …

Sonia Faleiro: The Granta Podcast Ep. 69

August 21st, 2013


In the latest Granta podcast, Saskia Vogel speaks to Sonia Faleiro, a contributor to the Travel issue and a reporter. Faleiro is the author of a book …

Robert Macfarlane: The Granta Podcast Ep. 68

August 9th, 2013


In the latest Granta podcast, Rachael Allen speaks to travel writer Robert Macfarlane. Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places and most recently, The Old Ways. Macfarlane talks about …

Rebecca Solnit: The Granta Podcast Ep. 67

June 17th, 2013


In the latest Granta podcast, Yuka Igarashi speaks to writer, journalist and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is the author of numerous books about …

A.M. Homes: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 66

June 7th, 2013


In the latest Granta podcast, Yuka Igarashi talks to A.M. Homes, the recipient of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for May We Be Forgiven. Homes is the author of the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for …

George Saunders: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 65

June 5th, 2013


On the latest Granta podcast we hear from George Saunders. One of the finest, funniest writers of his generation, he writes stories that pulse with …

Tahmima Anam: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 64

June 3rd, 2013


The final in our series of podcasts featuring the Best of Young British Novelists 4, we hear from Tahmima Anam. Anam is the author of the Bengal Trilogy, which chronicles three generations of the Haque family from the …

Steven Hall: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 63

May 31st, 2013


Continuing our series of podcasts on the Best of Young British Novelists 4, we hear from Steven Hall. Born in Derbyshire, Hall’s first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, won the Borders Original Voices Award and the Somerset …

Jenni Fagan: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 62

May 23rd, 2013


Continuing our series of podcasts on the Best of Young British Novelists 4, we hear from Jenni Fagan. Fagan’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon, was published in 2012 and named one of the Waterstones …

Kamila Shamsie: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 61

May 23rd, 2013


Continuing our Best of Young British Novelists we hear from Kamila Shamsie. Shamsie is the author of five novels. The first, In the City by the Sea, was published by Granta Books in 1998 and shortlisted for the John …

Ross Raisin: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 60

May 22nd, 2013


Ross Raisin’s first novel, God’s Own Country, about a disturbed adolescent living in the Yorkshire Dales, won him the 2009 Sunday Times Young Writer …

Nadifa Mohamed: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 59

May 22nd, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Nadifa Mohamed. Mohamed was born in Somalia and moved to Britain in 1986. Here she spoke to online …

Sunjeev Sahota: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 58

May 21st, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Sunjeev Sahota. Sahota was born in Derby and currently lives in Leeds with his wife and daughter. His …

Ben Markovits: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 57

May 21st, 2013


Benjamin Markovits is the author of six books: The Syme Papers, Either Side of Winter and Playing Days as well as a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron — Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment, and Childish Loves. He is also the …

Helen Oyeyemi: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 56

May 20th, 2013


In our latest instalment of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, we speak to Helen Oyeyemi. Oyeyemi is the author of The Icarus Girl and The Opposite House. Her third novel, White is for Witching, was …

Adam Thirlwell: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 55

May 17th, 2013


Our latest instalment of podcasts for our Best of Young British Novelist features Adam Thirlwell. Thirlwell is the author of the novels Politics and …

Sarah Hall: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 54

May 16th, 2013


In our latest installment of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, we speak to Sarah Hall. Hall was born in Cumbria and lives in …

Xiaolu Guo: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 53

May 13th, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Xiaolu Guo. Guo studied at the …

David Szalay: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 52

May 8th, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with David Szalay. Szalay was born in Canada; his family moved to the UK soon after, and he has lived here …

Joanna Kavenna: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 51

May 7th, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Joanna Kavenna. Kavenna grew up in various parts of Britain and has also lived in the US, France, …

Naomi Alderman: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 50

April 29th, 2013


In the latest Granta Podcast we bring you an interview with Best of Young British Novelist, Naomi Alderman. Described by Rachel Seiffert as ‘someone who can do funny’, Alderman is the author of three novels: …

Taiye Selasi: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 49

April 23rd, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Taiye Selasi. Selasi was born in London to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents. She made her fiction debut in …

Evie Wyld: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 48

April 18th, 2013


Continuing a series of podcasts on our Best of Young British Novelists 4, today we bring you an interview with Evie Wyld. Wyld’s first novel, After …

Adam Foulds: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 47

April 16th, 2013


Best of Young British Novelist Adam Foulds, the author of two novels including Booker shortlisted The Quickening Maze and the Costa Book Award …

James Lasdun: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 46

February 27th, 2013


James Lasdun talks about his most recent memoir, Give Me Everything You Have, about being stalked by a fomer writng student.

Colin Robinson: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 45

January 28th, 2013


Colin Robinson reads from his memoir 'Paddleball' in Granta 122: Betrayal and discusses how an old brotherly friction re-emerged during a game in New …

Mohsin Hamid: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 44

January 16th, 2013


The author of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', Mohsin Hamid, talks to John Freeman about the extract from his latest novel 'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia', extracted in the new issue of Granta, Betrayal.

Sean Borodale: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 43

December 7th, 2012


Granta New Poet Sean Borodale discusses his debut collection Bee Journal, shortlisted for he TS Eliot prize, with online editor Ted Hodgkinson.

Robert Olen Butler: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 42

December 7th, 2012


Robert Olen Butler reads his story 'Banyan' and talks to Ted Hodgkinson about how memory can be like compost and why every story is a search for an identity.

Michel Laub: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 41

December 3rd, 2012


Michel Laub reads from his story in Best of Young Brazilian Novelists and discusses trespassing and fathers.

Vinicius Jatoba & Jethro Soutar: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 40

November 28th, 2012


Best of Young Brazilian Novelist Vinicius Jatobá and his translator Jethro Soutar on the challenges and intimacy of translation.

Deborah Levy: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 39

October 19th, 2012


Deborah Levy spoke to Ted Hodgkinson about being shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her novel, Swimming Home.

Alison Moore: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 38

October 18th, 2012


Alison Moore talks to John Freeman about her debut novel, The Lighthouse, which was shortlisted for the Man Booke Prize. 

Jeet Thayil: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 37

October 17th, 2012


Jeet Thayil talks to Ted Hodgkinson abot his Booker shortisted novel, Narcopolis.

Tan Twan Eng: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 36

October 16th, 2012


Booker shortlisted author Tan Twan Eng talks to John Freeman about The Garden of Eveing Mists.

D.T. Max: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 35

October 8th, 2012


D.T. Max on his biography: 'Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace'.

Claire Vaye Watkins: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 34

August 13th, 2012


Claire Vaye Watkins on her debut story collection Battleborn, finding ritual in relationships and drawing inspiration from cartoons, mythology and …

Peter Stamm: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 33

July 19th, 2012


Pete Stamm reads from his novel Seven Years and discusses imagining his characters as buildings and whether people, in life and in his fiction, can change.

Jo Shapcott & George Szirtes: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 32

July 13th, 2012


Poets Jo Shapcott and George Szirtes on their poems inspired by Titian's interpetations of Ovid.

Sam Byers: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 31

June 29th, 2012


Sam Byers talks about being introduced in Granta 119: Britain, turning office life into fiction and writing women.

Rachel Seiffert: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 30

June 15th, 2012


Rachel Seiffert talks to Yuka Igarashi about her new fiction in the Britain issue.

Mark Haddon: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 29

May 18th, 2012


Mark Haddon, author of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' talks about his latest novel, 'The Red House' and his story in Granta 119: Britain, 'The Gun'.

Cynan Jones: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 28

May 8th, 2012


Cynan Jones on writing about adolesence, what we can learn from animals and why he doesn't want to be seen as a Welsh writer.

Mo Yan: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 27

April 19th, 2012


Mo Yan talks to John Freeman at the London Book Fair about writing strong women and avoiding censorship.

Andrés Neuman: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 26

April 5th, 2012


Andres Neuman reads from his novel The Traveller of the Century and discusses translation, writing nineteenth century characters who smell and have sex and using a post modern aesthetic to tell an epic love story.

Jeanette Winterson: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 25

March 22nd, 2012


Jeanette Winterson reads from her new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, and her story 'All I Know About Gertrude Stein' from Granta 115: …

John Barth: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 24

March 2nd, 2012


Live recording of John Barth reading his essay 'The End?' from Exit Strategies and discussing his career, discovering Tristram Shandy, what happened to postmodernism and ways of encouraging the muse to pay a visit.

Jon McGregor: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 23

January 20th, 2012


Jon McGregor talks about reworking his first published story ‘What the Sky Sees’ from the female perspective and reads from both the original and updated version, ‘In Winter the Sky’. 

Don DeLillo & Paul Auster: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 22

December 1st, 2011


Don DeLillo and Paul Auster read from their work in Granta 117: Horror and discuss writing about 'impoverished characters' and living and writing …

Binyavanga Wainaina: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 21

November 17th, 2011


Binyavanga Wainaina talks to Ellah Allfrey about his memoir 'One Day I Will Write About This Place', managing the expectations of an African readership and what to do with a negative review. 

Will Self & Mark Doty: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 20

November 4th, 2011


A recording from the London launch of Granta 117: Horror, featuring readings from contributors Mark Doty and Will Self; their discussion with Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing and the questions and answers with the …

Robert Coover: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 19

October 18th, 2011


Robert Coover reads his story ‘Vampire’ (available now on and talks to Ted Hodgkinson about the intersection of myth and the modern world.

Lavinia Greenlaw: The Granta Podcast, Episode 18

August 2nd, 2011


Lavinia Greenlaw: The Granta Podcast, Episode 18 by Granta Magazine

Philip Oltermann: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 12

June 16th, 2011


Philip Oltermann spoke to Ollie Brock for the Granta Podcast about English bathrooms and German car engines, and how his experience as an outsider became the nexus of his forthcoming book.

Elizabeth McCracken: The Granta Podcast, Ep. 2

August 6th, 2010


This week John Freeman spoke to Best Young American Novelist Elizabeth McCracken about her works-in-progress, a novel that broke up into six short stories, and her contribution to Granta’s latest issue, ‘Going Back’ – a …

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