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

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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June 13, 2022

S2 Ep11: Talking with Joanna Penn

This week we have a chat with Joanna Penn - author, podcaster, entrepreneur - and she shares her views on the business side of wr…

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June 6, 2022

S2 Ep10: Cards on the table about Poker Night (and a mystery guest)

This week we acknowledge that maybe our group writing project isn’t exactly racing ahead (surprise, surprise!) and try to actuall…

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May 30, 2022

S2 Ep9: A critical review of Jon's Tree story

This week it's Jon's turn to open himself up to some honest feedback from the other Failing Writers - and also, somewhat bravely,…

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May 23, 2022

S2 Ep8: Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man

This week we talk to Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man, and mostly cover all the same old subjects really. You know; s…

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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.