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The Dale Hurst Writing Show

25 EpisodesProduced by Le Carré ProductionsWebsite

A fortnightly discussion podcast where novelist, journalist and broadcaster Dale Hurst and a special guest explore issues relating to writing, publishing, and storytelling.

25 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

24. The Commissioning Department (with Abbie Rutherford)

September 14th, 2023


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 …

23. Filmmaking at an Independent Level (with Bertie Brosnan)

August 31st, 2023


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 …

22. Channelling the Cost of Living Crisis (with Winston "Mayor" Lindsay, ft. Zayden Lindsay)

August 17th, 2023


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 …

21. Writing Difficult Topics: Female Honour (with Awais Khan)

August 3rd, 2023


To kick off the third season premiere of The Dale Hurst Writing Show, Dale examines writing about the challenging subject of female honour and honour killings. Novelist Awais Khan, whose book No Honour covers such …

Season 3 Trailer – The Dale Hurst Writing Show

July 25th, 2023


The Dale Hurst Writing Show is back for a third season – have a listen to find out what you can expect. Or for more information, visit

20. Season 1 Reunion (with Nels Challinor, Collin Glavac, Dale Hall and S.P. Thane)

December 15th, 2022


To end Season 2 with a festive treat, we brought back some old friends to catch up with what they've been getting up to over the last year or so. Spy …

19. On Hook-Up Culture (with Conor Ó'Cuinn and Tazy Harrison-Moore)

November 24th, 2022


Fresh off of their run at the King's Head Theatre, London, playwright and actor Conor Ó'Cuinn and director Tazy Harrison-Moore join Dale for a chat about their play 'Looking For Fun?' and explore its greater theme of …

18. Stories in Foreign Parts (with Avanti Centrae)

November 10th, 2022


From published short stories set on French boulevards to his ongoing project in a hotel in Nazi Germany, setting stories outside of his native …

17. Scaring on the Page (with Alex Colvin)

October 27th, 2022


With the spookiest time of year approaching, we thought we'd dedicate an episode to talking about horror stories, how to scare readers, and interpretations of the monster. Joining all the way from Canada is author Alex …

16. Social Media for Authors (with Jack Newman)

October 13th, 2022


If you're an independent and/or self-published author and you really don't know your Tweets from your TikTok, then this episode will be right up your street. Jack Newman from UKB Marketing dishes on a load of tips and …

15. Understanding Screenplays (with Daniel Riccio)

September 29th, 2022


With only a shred of training in screenwriting himself, our host brings screenwriter Daniel Riccio on to the show to explain more about the layout and format of screenplays, and how to bring a story to life from script …

14. The Fall and Rise of Video Game Adaptations (with Sam Randall)

September 14th, 2022


It's something that has annoyed our eponymous host for years and years... with such a wealth of character backstory and visual inspiration to draw from, why are adaptations of video games to film and TV generally so …

13. The Basics of Poetry (with T. H. Carrington)

September 1st, 2022


We decided to listen to our... well... listeners and deliver an episode themed around the basics fundamentals of poems and poetry writing. Acclaimed poet T. H. Carrington joins for an in-depth discussion about the …

12. Constructing Crime Fiction (with Jason R Vowles)

August 18th, 2022


We're in familiar territory with crime fiction this time as we look to go against some of the "advice" of Internet reviewers and Redditors. How is best to construct the modern-day crime story? A veteran of the genre and …

11. Saying it in Song (with Calum Lintott)

August 4th, 2022


We thought we'd do something a bit different to kick off our second season and grilled Southampton singer-songwriter superstar Calum Lintott for his drives and inspirations as a songwriter, and what any aspiring …

10. Crafting a Christmas Story (with James Boxall and Aaron Hayes)

December 2nd, 2021


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 …

9. Self-Publishing: Thoughts on Marketing (with Dan Buckley)

November 18th, 2021


Marketing specialist Dan Buckley from Ocean View Marketing joins to offer a number of insights into things self-publishing authors should think about …

8. True Crime's Proper Place (with Jamie Webb)

November 4th, 2021


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 …

7. Women in Sci-Fi (with Amy Scott)

October 21st, 2021


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 …

6. Getting Absurdism (with Nels Challinor and Dale Hall)

October 7th, 2021


What is absurdism? What constitutes an absurdist piece? And how does one go about writing one? In this episode, we talk to not one but two experts on …

5. Chopin (with Sebastian Gardner)

September 23rd, 2021


In this episode, we don't debate so much an issue of writing and storytelling, as much as come together over a common influence. Sebastian Gardner, writer of the award-winning play I Lost My Virginity to Chopin's …

4. Writing a Good Antagonist (with Josh Feiner)

September 9th, 2021


Writer Josh Feiner joins us as we whittle down a so-called checklist for the traits a good antagonist should have. How many do we end up agreeing …

3. The Eastern Influence (with S. P. Thane)

August 26th, 2021


He's not just a master of rhythm and rhyme; poet and lyricist 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 …

2. The Art of the Thriller (with Collin Glavac)

August 12th, 2021


Spy novelist Collin Glavac lets us in on a few secrets of writing a good thriller. What are the key ingredients that he implemented into his works, …

1. Keeping Fantasy Fresh (with Daniel Pride)

July 29th, 2021


Fantasy writer Daniel Pride joins for a discussion about fresh ways to write stories in the done-to-death fantasy genre.

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