Salon Futura

Kate Macdonald is the founder of Handheld Press, an innovative British small press specialising in recovering forgotten works by women writers. In this interview, first broadcast on Chery's Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio, Kate talks about why she founded the company and some of her more successful projects.


Direct download: Kate_Macdonald.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:27am PDT

Rivers Solomon: photo credit Martha Levine

This interview was originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio in August 2018. It mainly concerns the novella, The Deep, based on the clipping song of the same name.

Direct download: RiversSolomon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:25pm PDT

Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow is a multi-award winning editor and is generally regarded as the top editor in horror short fiction.

This interview was recorded at the 2019 Eurocon, TitanCon, in Belfast. Cheryl talks to Ellen about a range of topics including how she got her start in the business, how the industry has changed since she started, what "best of the year" anthologies mean, and who is the only horror writer ever to have scared her.

Direct download: Ellen_Datlow.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:52am PDT

This is an interview that Cheryl did with author Heather Child on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio. The Undoing of Arlo Knott is Heather's second novel, following the successful Everything About You.

Direct download: Heather-Arlo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am PDT

This is an interview that Cheryl did on her radio show back in September 2018. She talks to Anne Corlett about Anne's debut novel, The Space Between the Stars. The conversation covers the journey to getting published, reproductive rights, and disability rights.


Direct download: AnneCorlett-final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:35am PDT

Regina Wang

This is an interview that Cheryl did with Chinese science fiction advocate, Regina Wang, while they were at Åcon X in Mariehamn earlier this year.

Here are some links to things mentioned in the interview:

Direct download: Regina_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:34am PDT

How's Moving Castle

This interview with Farah Mendlesohn & Cathy Butler was recorded at BristolCon in 2018. We are releasing it now because the conference it refers to is taking place this coming weekend (August 9-11, 2019)

Direct download: Farah-Cathy_Final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:20am PDT

This is How You Lose the Time War

This interview was recorded at Åcon X in Mariehamn in June 2019. Most of it was originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio. This is the full version, though not being on the radio I can't include the music.

The interview covers a range of issues including world politics, Brexit and poetry, but the main discussion covers This is How You Lose the Time War, the novella that Amal has written with Max Gladstone.


Direct download: Amal_final.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:51am PDT

This is an interview that Cheryl made following an event in Oxford where Maria got to talk to experts in Anglo Saxon literature about her work on Beowulf. The interview covers a number of topics, including what it is like to follow in the footsteps of Tolkien. There is also a fair amount of discussion of modern US politics, feminism, and the failings of previous translations.


Direct download: Maria_Beowulf.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:23am PDT

This is another interview that Cheryl did at FantasyCon 2018. It is with Joanne Harris. They talked about Joanne's career as a fantasy writer, Norse myths, her new book, and who might play Loki if her books about him ever get filmed.

The Blue Salt Road is now available from good bookshops everywhere. Joanne and Cheryl also talked about the Child Ballads, which are the inspiration for some of Joanne's recent work.

Direct download: Joanne_Harris_FCon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am PDT

The Murders of Molly Southborne

While Cheryl was at FantasyCon in 2018 she caught up with Tade Thompson. Their conversation covered the success of Rosewater, the scariness of The Murders of Molly Southborne, and what it is like for black writers to live in a post-Black Panther world.

A shorter version of this interview as originally broadcast on Ujima Radio Women's Outlook.

Direct download: Tade_Thompson_FCon.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:12am PDT