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

July 25, 2022

S2 Ep17: Janice Horton - The Backpacking Housewife

As well as having a lovely, lovely chat with Janice about her romantic fiction work, we also subject her to our own "love" storie…

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July 18, 2022

S2 Ep16: David Quantick interview

This week we are honoured to welcome Emmy award winning writer David Quantick. We talk window goats, having big ideas, getting th…

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July 11, 2022

S2 Ep15: The last word on bad writing

This week we unironically appoint ourselves as judge Judy and executioner when it comes to deciding what constitutes "good" and "…

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July 4, 2022

S2 Ep14: Dave's Spooky War Book

It's finally Dave's turn to lay bare his work for the other Failing Writers to critique. Will he be happy with the advice he rece…

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June 27, 2022

S2 Ep13: The Freshly Award Winning Screenwriter Paul Quinn

This week we're joined by a lovely chap by the name of Paul Quinn. He's just won a rather interesting "Best Unproduced Screenplay…

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June 20, 2022

S2 Ep12: Julia Roberts. No, not that one.

Writers... erm... thingy. Does it... erm... errrrrr... y'know, is it a wotist. A thingy-majig. Or not? We answer these perfectly …

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Recent Blog Posts

Should I share my book with the world. WIP or not to WIP

I think a lot of writers share the gift/curse of uncertainty. After all, if you’re absolutely certain about everything, you’re not really qu…

Proper legally binding and all above board

If you've listened to this week's episode "Constrictive Criticism" and in any way doubt the genuine legal status of the contract Jon forced Tom to sign..…

250 word NYC Microfiction round two - The Itch

Two hundred and fifty words (just like this intro as it happens!) That’s all we had in this competition to show our writing prowess… or limp…

About the Hosts

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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.

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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.

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Tom Turner


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