Virago relaunches podcast as Ourshelves in new format

Virago relaunches podcast as Ourshelves in new format

Virago Press is relaunching its podcast as "Ourshelves" under a new format and with a new host, while guests lined up include Margaret Atwood and Linda Grant.

Running in fortnightly instalments, new host Lucy Scholes will be diving into writers’ bookshelves, record collections and recollections to discover what inspires them.

It is hoped the new format will enable guests to branch out into a wide-ranging conversation with the host about their cultural interests and political influences, as well as talking about their own writing and what is inspiring them in the world today.

The season will be launching with an interview with Lennie Goodings, chair of Virago and author of A Bite of the Apple.

In addition to Atwood and Grant, other guests confirmed for season one are: Deborah Frances-White; Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman; Irenosen Okojie; Liv Little; Melatu Uche Okorie; Daisy Johnson; and Sigrid Nunez.

Scholes said: "Like a lot of readers, I've been devouring Virago books for as long as I can remember, many of which have been integral to my development as both a reader and a critic. As such, I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting 'Ourshelves', and looking forward to offering listeners a unique and exciting opportunity to delve into the cultural landscapes of some of the very best writers working today."

Virago publisher Sarah Savitt added: "One of the best things about working at Virago is the conversations you have with writers; about their books but also about politics, family, love, music and much more. I hope our new podcast will allow listeners to be part of these conversations. I’m thrilled that Lucy Scholes, who I have long admired as a critic and writer, is our host, and I can’t wait to tune in."

The first episode is released today (24th July), and will be available on Acast, Spotify and Apple podcasts.

The revamp follows a previous relaunch of the podcast two years ago