The Hertford Bookshelf

Hertford writers may have cut their teeth on essays and problem sheets – but they are now writing across an amazing range of genres, from children’s picture books to literary fiction, from young adult novels to crime, from non-fiction to poetry.

In the Hertford Bookshelf podcast, Professor Emma Smith meets six Hertford writers to find out more about their work, their influences, their advice for would-be writers, and their memories of the college. The writers interviewed in this series are James Hawes, Anya Glazer, Claire McGowan, Louisa Reid, Alex Preston and Shahnaz Ahsan.

You can find links to each episode on Apple Podcasts below, as well as on the University’s podcast homepage ( One of the things Emma chats to each of our guests about is their memories of the college library. Over the next decade, the redevelopment of the college library is one of our major priorities – click the red buttons below to find out more about our vision for Hertford 2030 and our ambitious plans for the library.

Episode list

1. James Hawes (German, 1978)

2. Anya Glazer (History & French, 2009)

3. Claire McGowan (English & French, 2000)

4. Louisa Reid (English, 1994)

5. Alex Preston (English, 1998)

6. Shahnaz Ahsan (History & English, 2006)