We’re excited to launch The Hertford Bookshelf, a brand-new podcast in which we’ll hear from our alumni writers.
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. The Hertford Bookshelf sees Professor Emma Smith finding out more about their work, their influences, their advice for would-be writers, and their memories of the college.
In episode one – available now – Emma chats to James Hawes, novelist and micro-historian of The Shortest History of England and The Shortest History of Germany. He talks about agents and editors, his role in the worst film ever made, and playing the French horn on the roof of Hertford’s library!
The podcast is also an opportunity to talk about our plans and ideas for the redevelopment of the college library as part of our vision for Hertford 2030. With an exciting new library space we hope to be able to inspire the next generation of Hertford writers.