The Failing Writers Podcast

The Failing Writers Podcast

A podcast for anyone who ever dreamed of becoming a writer...then went and put the kettle on instead

Recent Episodes

Dec. 6, 2021

33: Our 250 word NYC midnight flash fiction challenge

Undaunted by our ignominious failure in the previous NYC midnight flash fiction competition, we once again put ourselves through …

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Nov. 29, 2021

32: Lets' talk about using f*$%ing apostrophe's correctly with Simon…

So, this week its' time to have a little chittertychat with Mr Simon Griffin, author of F*$%ing Apostrophes'. We talk about revie…

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Nov. 22, 2021

31: The greatest day of Jon's life - an interview with Andy Stanton

We're pretty lucky that Jon's writing hero responded to his somewhat serial killer-esque letter of invitation in the affirmative,…

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Nov. 15, 2021

30: An interview with Tim Glister - author of "Red Corona"

We talk to Tim Glister, who is definitely not a spy. And he tells us about when he REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED at Cambridge Analyt…

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Nov. 8, 2021

29: Poetic Judgement (with the right honourable Kate Fox presiding)

We invite poet Kate Fox back on the podcast to critique our work and help us improve our poetry. Which Failing Writer will come o…

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Oct. 31, 2021

28: And the winner is…

Congratulations to the winner of our Halloween Flash Fiction competition! What? You don’t know who that is? Well, sounds like you…

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Recent Blog Posts

Why Jon wanted Andy Stanton on the show so bad.

So, here’s the tweet we mentioned on the podcast.  It was sent out into the ether by Jon one September morning, with a wing, a prayer and a ta…

Runners up or runner ups?

By now you should be aware of who won our Halloween Flash Fiction writing competition. If not, why the hell not? I suggest you bloomin' well go here and …

NaNoWreeMoWriMoNeMo. The Adventure Begins.

Pardon what did you say? It’s flippin’ November?  How did that happen?  When we first had this bright idea – joining the thou…

About the Hosts

Dave Baird


Dave used to be Head of Creative at the largest radio station outside of London, but he gave it all up to become a successful multi-millionaire writer. Fifteen years on, he's still yet to properly finish anything. Instead he does voiceovers, reading other peoples words for money. But the dream is still there..........just as far away as it ever was.

Jon Rand


By day, Jon Rand is a professional Voice Over Artiste. (Pronounced AR-TEEST or he gets quite testy) You’ll know his voice from the telly - He’s the bloke who sounds all serious, even potentially quite angry about wanting you to watch Keanu Reeves in Speed, Friday at 9, on Film 4.
By night however, Jon is an avid writer of fiction. The sort of fiction that almost no one will ever want to read. He also likes cycling, playing poker and eating food. Oh and dancing at weddings… but… most of his friends are married now, so… you know… he doesn’t get to do that very much.

Tom Turner


Tom was brought up by wolves in the foothills of the Pennines. This explains a lot.