Episode 008 – Shona Kinsella

SFF podcast with speculative fiction author Shona Kinsella. We hear an intriguing excerpt from Ashael Rising and learn all about her book series “The Vessel of KalaDene”. Discussed: discovery writing technique (AKA pantsing), challenging your default assumptions in a fantasy setting, the Unbound Books model of publishing, and online critiquing groups.

Episode 007 – Elaine Gallagher

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We talk about what writing can bring for a trans person, and why a non-LGBTQ+ person would be interested in these kinds of stories. We riff on the human condition and why it might need to be expanded (and how SF could be key to that). We immerse in the language of Tolkien, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. Elaine even gets her song on!

Episode 006 – Christopher Napier & Don Redwood

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Our first double-guest episode with Christopher Napier and Don Redwood. Two SF story readings! Topics up for discussion: Writing in Scots, how to order pies in Aberdeen. Learn what NOT to do when you are trying to get published. And one of the most insane rounds of Werewolf versus Shark so far.

Episode 004 – Stewart Horn

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We delve into horror with Stewart Horn who read his story about a zombie invasion with a difference. We talk about why we love horror, why horror for children is important, how it has changed over time to embrace the complexities of modern life, and how it can help you as an LGBT+ person.

Episode 001 – Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan – author of Vellum, Ink, Testament, and the Scruffians series – reads from some of his latest work! We talk about his early days writing SF in Glasgow, the importance of writing circles, anarcho-socialist influences from the Borribles, his upcoming work, and the worst (and best) ever critique he’s received.

Episode 0 – Teaser Trailer

What is Speculative Spaces the podcast all about? Get the skinny in under 3 minutes with our teaser trailer! Beth, your host, lays out the mission – hear snippets of guests sharing their love of speculative fiction, what it’s like to write it, and the fun we’ll have. A twinkling constellation of guests and fiction readings for your ears!