Two Lit Chicks

A Conversation with Damian Barr

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Episode notes

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist. His memoir, Maggie & Me, won Stonewall Writer of the Year and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year. His debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, was shortlisted for six major awards and named a Book of the Year in the Observer, Guardian and Mail. He’s written columns for The Times and Sunday Times and hosted Front Row on BBC Radio 4 as well as his own series Guide Books.  In 2019, Damian brought books back to television with 'The Big Scottish Book Club', now in its fourth series and syndicated internationally. Also on BBC TV, he presented 'Shelf Isolation' and the landmark documentary for Sir Walter Scott’s 250th. Damian holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He started his world-famous Literary Salon in 2008. He lives in Brighton.

Damian’s Choices
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Tales of the City: Book 1  by Armistead Maupin

Other books mentioned
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Illborn by Daniel T Jackson
The Sandman by Neil Gaimon
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon

Listener’s Choice (Dedra L Stephenson)
Spare by Prince Harry

Links to other things discussed
Julia’s article on marketing for debut authors (part one, part two)
Ed’s magical writing practice: Pomodoro Technique
Damian’s favourite writing haunt: Gladstone Library

LGTBQ+ Mental Health Service: Mind Out
For children in need of help: Childline (0800 1111)
Support for recovery from child abuse: NAPAC  (0808 801 0331)

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