Best publishing podcasts
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9 podcasts about publishing you need in your life

I’ll admit it—for someone who loved to have bedtime stories read to her as a child, it took me an awfully long time to get into podcasts. And I don’t quite understand why because if you think about it for a minute, listening to a good podcast or audiobook is the next best thing after being able to spend the whole day reading.

Whether you’re new to the publishing world (and podcasts) or just want to keep up to date with all the latest news and views in the industry, this is a great, convenient way to get stuck in. And with that in mind, here are a few favourites to get you started.

1. On Publishing

On Publishing is a podcast by The Bindery, a literary agency that guides authors through the entire—sometimes daunting—publishing process. For the most part, they represent authors across commercial fiction, spirituality, biography and memoir, pop culture, business and leadership, self-help, sci-fi, fantasy, and the like. 

Listeners get to hear from someone in from the publishing world ever episode, with interviewees ranging from writers and editors to publishers, designers, marketers, PR pros and sales executives. 

This is a fantastic way to get a more comprehensive view of the full publishing spectrum and learn valuable lessons about the industry from those who’ve seen and done it all before. This one is perfect for bibliophiles, budding writers, and anyone looking for a career in publishing. 

2. The Vintage Podcast

It would be remiss of me to talk about bookish podcasts without including this giant! The Vintage Podcast by publisher Vintage releases every other Sunday and covers everything from sit-down chats with your favourite authors to topical discussions around the industry today and current trends. 

You’ll find a wealth of author interviews, book news, and literary discussions on subjects ranging from classics to graphic novels, cookery to biography and so much more. But don’t take my word for it—subscribe to see episodes featuring the likes of Ottessa Moshfegh, Rachel Kushner, Malorie Blackman, and more.

3. The Business of Content 

The Business of Content is a cracking podcast about the digital side of things, specifically how publishers go about creating, sharing, and monetising content online. This podcast is hosted by Simon Owens, an accomplished tech and media journalist and regular contributor for What’s New In Publishing.

Guests on The Business of Content include folks from The Financial Times, Slate, Quartz, and some of biggest names online today, so do tune in. 

4. The History of Literature

This one is particularly handy if you ever feel like you might have missed out by not doing an English degree at uni. Take a whistle-stop tour through some of the greatest moments in literary history with your guide and host, author and literature pro Jacke Wilson. 

Get to know more about authors who played a monumental part in the way we read and write today, from William Shakespeare and Giovanni Boccaccio to T.S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, Beatrix Potter, Alice Munro, George Eliot, Toni Morrison, Ezra Pound, Charles Dickens, George Sand, and even Plato. The History of Literature is the perfect podcast for anyone keen to know more about where it all started. 

5. The Guardian Books Podcast

The Guardian Books podcast is a fascinating weekly foray into the realm of writing. Listeners can expect to hear from some of the world’s best authors from across the globe, with in-depth interviews discussing wider industry trends, round-ups, prizes, and a modern take on classic works of literature. 

6. The Editing Podcast

This one is, you guessed it, more about the editorial side of the industry. The Editing Podcast is run by Louise Harnby and Denise Cowle, a fiction editor and non-fiction editor respectively.

The duo are on a mission to ‘make your writing and editing life easier’, together providing loads of practical tips and insider advice to writers and editors alike. Episodes are organised by topic so you can enjoy an entire playlist tailored to your interests:

  • The fundamentals of editing 
  • Different types of editing
  • Editorial business tips 
  • Understanding punctuation
  • Tools for writers and editors
  • Language, grammar, and style
  • The indie author collection
  • Genre and subject editing

This engaging podcast covers every editorial nook and cranny from writing and proofreading to actually working with an editor if you’re an author, and setting up shop as a freelance editor if that’s more your bag. Louise’s website is also packed with free and paid-for resources for authors and editors, just in case you’d like to dig a little deeper after each episode. 

7. So Many Damn Books

Introducing So Many Damn Books, where Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard sit down with some of the best-loved authors in the industry to talk about literature, reading, and publishing, and how to get through that to-be-read pile that’s been gathering dust on your bedside table for the last six months.

As a gal who likes a happy hour or two, I appreciate that each episode involves a themed cocktail.   The devil is in the detail and all that.  I also love the fun, upbeat tone of this podcast, and the two hosts really do bounce off each other in a way that makes the minutes WHOOSH by. 

8. The Penguin Podcast

This multi-award-winning podcast is a great way to stay up to date on some of the hottest new authors and latest publications out there today. Zadie Smith, Bill Bryson, Yea Gyasi, Barack Obama, Marcus Rashford, Noam Chomsky and Ali Smith are just some of the authors you’ll find here, so it’s definitely worth hitting subscribe to keep your finger  firml on the publishing pulse.

The Penguin Podcast gets up close and personal with authors, with probing questions into the how and why behind their work, and where they get their inspiration and ideas from. One great quirk here is that each guest is asked to bring five objects into the studio that have inspired their work in some way. And we are a nosy bunch, aren’t we? 

9. Oxford Brookes Publishing Podcast

Brought to you by the clever folks at Oxford Brookes University’s International Centre for Publishing, this podcast generally features a mix of recorded sessions from university visits by key figures in the industry, like Eric Huang, Michael Bhaskar, and Joanna Prior, and academic talks on anything from advice for publishing students and using social media to promote books to the impact digital developments on storytelling and beyond. 

Got a bookish podcast you can’t stop listening to? I want to hear about it! Share your favourites in the comments and we might just see this list grow.


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The best cafes to work (or write) at in Newcastle

Ladies and gentlemen, bookworms, bibliophiles, casual readers, writers, and everyone in-between: hello and welcome to another blog post. Today, we’re talking about cafes, but not just any cafes – the best cafes in Newcastle to write or work at.

Why? Because I found myself Googling that exact phrase a few months ago and have since carried out the research and coffee-drinking necessary to write about it for you lovely people. Well, I assume you’re lovely. Hard to tell from here.

I’ve chosen these places based primarily on the quality of food/drinks, customer service, decor, and access to that all-important Wi-Fi and sockets for the writer, freelancer, or digital nomad on the go. Let’s get to it!

Flat Caps Coffee

Address: 9-11, Carliol Square

I adore the decor at Flat Caps Coffee. Warm, well-lit, and beautifully laid out with an industrial-style aesthetic, it’s a pleasure to sit here and work for hours on end in the company of fantastic coffee and the odd treat to keep your motivation levels up.

The food really stood out to me (please try the Turkish eggs), and the drinks on offer are spot on – even the filter coffee is yummy. Oh, and they’ve got really accommodating opening hours.

The Canny Goat

Address: 8, Monk Street

Nestled just seconds away from The Gate, The Canny Goat is home to perhaps the friendliest coffee-conscious folks in the city and has a really vibrant yet clean look to it.

The staff are knowledgeable about the coffees and teas on offer, and there’s a lovely personal touch to the service here – it feels like you’re being served by someone you know. Also: so many easy-to-reach sockets, and such great natural light streaming in on sunny days. Bless you.

Camber Coffee

Address: 33-35 Market Street

Camber Coffee Newcastle

You wouldn’t expect a cool cafe to be perched on top of an outdoor/fitness clothing shop, but I’m so grateful for the little surprise just a short walk away from the iconic Grey’s Monument.

Camber Coffee has an excellent coffee selection, and the staff certainly know their stuff when it comes to what they’re serving. For brain-fuel, you’ll find a great varied menu of snacks, sweet treats, and healthy plates to keep that productivity fire burning through the day.

Pink Lane Coffee

Address: 1, Pink Lane

Located just across the road from Central Station, Pink Lane Coffee is a sweet little cafe with a coffee selection to die for and baked goods that make the perfect treat after all your hard work.

Its proximity to the station makes this one ideal if you’re killing time before catching a train, and you’ll be pleased to know there are larger ‘desk-type’ tables towards the back of the shop where you can work in a group or write, type, sketch, and have stress-induced breakdowns with room to spare.

Tyneside Bar and Cafe

Address: 10, Pilgrim Street

My favourite place to sit at Tyneside Bar and Cafe – open every day until late – has to be at the window, where I can people-watch between paragraphs.

They’ve got a varied menu full of tasty options, ranging from light snacks to full-on meals and sweet treats, so there’s no risk of going hungry there. The odd glass of red wine won’t go amiss either.

The Teahouse (formally known as Quilliams Brothers)

Address: Claremont Buildings, 1 Eldon Place

The Teahouse is located in a beautiful, Grade II listed building close to Newcastle University, and is front of the pack in the ‘cosy’ category for me. There are three main seating options available (if you can get a space during busier hours!):

  • perched at the window, watching the world go by
  • sitting at one of the tables like you normally would
  • venturing downstairs to cosy central (i.e. where the sofas are)

No matter which option you choose, you’ll always get great customer service and find yourself working very comfortably with expertly-brewed teas and coffees for any taste, task, or mood. After you’re done taking care of business, you might even be able to stay on for one of The Teahouse’s much-loved movie nights! Treat yourself.

Laneway & Co.

Address: 17-19, High Bridge Street

If I could describe this sweet cafe in one word, it’d be ‘minimalist’. If you love a clean, modern look, freshly baked croissants, and top-notch coffee, this is a great shout.

It’s a friendly corner of peace and quiet in an otherwise busy city centre, so be sure to pop this one on your ‘to visit’ list. My only note is that the Wi-Fi can be a tad spotty, but hey – shit happens. And everything else more than makes up for the odd faux pas.

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cute cafes in Newcastle, so I’ll be sure to keep this list updated as I explore new venues all over the toon. If you’ve got any recommendations for me to try out, pop those bad boys in a comment and you’ll have my eternal gratitude!