To listen to Will Self and Ralph Steadman talking on the Today programme about their new book, Psycho Too, visit the BBC website here. There’s also an audio slideshow of Steadman’s illustrations here.
Review of Self on Ballard
“There are occasions when Archive on 4 just works. Saturday night’s Self on Ballard (Radio 4) was one. In the programme, Will Self reviewed the life and work of JG Ballard with both intellect and feeling. The men were friends until Ballard’s death in April. Self presented snippets of interviews with Ballard recorded at various stages of his life, together with judiciously selected readings of his works.”
To read the rest of the Daily Telegraph review of Self’s recent Archive on 4 programme, visit the Telegraph website.
Self on Ballard
Make sure you don’t miss the hour-long Archive on 4: Self on Ballard at 8pm this Saturday, September 26, on Radio 4, which has the enticing blurb: “Will Self explores the imagination and work of writer JG Ballard, who he came to know in his final years. Will draws on the many telling interviews that Ballard gave throughout his working life and on Self’s own tapes of his encounters with him. From his life of suburban anonymity, Ballard charted the realms of inner space and the madness of the modern world with a cool eye and visionary prose.”
You can listen to the programme again on the BBC’s iplayer.
To dovetail with the fact that, according to the Radio Times, Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed is an “absolute stalwart” for Will Self, here is some footage of the Imagination and the City discussion Self took part in on Thinking Allowed last year.
Martin Amis’s Literature and Sex
If you can’t make it along to Manchester university’s Literature and Sex event on Monday October 12, which Will Self will be part of, it looks like you’ll be able to listen to it at the Manchester Review at some point.
The legalisation of heroin
Listen to Will Self talking to The Sun’s Jon Gaunt about the legalisation of heroin, further to his comment piece in The Sun that day (sadly not available online).
The Happy Detective (Part 2)
The second instalment of Will Self’s The Happy Detective will be released on Snow Patrol’s Late Night Tales at the end of the month. The first part is on Groove Armada’s Late Night Tales, released last year.
A review of Will Self’s appearance at the Edinburgh festival in the Sunday Herald, and a chance to listen to a short interview from this year, and a whole lot more from last year (Self is on at 2hr40min approx) on the BBC iplayer here.
Interview around the time of The Book of Dave on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about single dads.
In conversation with Martin Amis
To listen to Will Self talking to John Banville and Martin Amis about literature in the 21st century at the University of Manchester, visit the Manchester Review.
Martin Amis is going to be talking with Will Self on Monday October 12 on the subject of Literature and Sex at the Martin Harris Centre at the University of Manchester. For details of the event and to book a place, go here.
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