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“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde.
As a presentation, pitch and interview coach, I suspect what Oscar probably meant was ‘express your opinion, don’t be dull and tell us a story!’ – To hear how professional writers tell their stories, Subscribe to Write With Courage! at Soundcloud or iTunes for Apple devices and Stitcher for Androids.
Episode 58 – Dominic Frisby: Bit-Coin Author and the Lady Diana Comedy Bomb
Today’s guest is Dominic Frisby. Dominic is a MoneyWeek financial writer and comedian.
Books include: ‘Life After the State’, and ‘Bitcoin, The Future of Money’
He’s a Comedian (a show about tax?), ‘actor of unrecognized genius’ and voice of many things… @DominicFrisby www.DominicFrisby.com
Episode 57 – Martin Pashley: Union Magazine Co-Founder and Sub Culture Writer
On interviewing Anjem Choudary – “I just got the feeling he was trolling me!… You could imagine him as a radical Feminist or on the Alt-Right…He’s just one of those people who was always going to be a firebrand about something.”
Today’s guest is Martin Pashley. Martin has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Golf Illustrated and…Playboy.
Along with renowned Photographer James Cheadle, Martin is Co-founder of Union Magazine. What is Union Magazine you ask?
What is Union Magazine you ask? Good question! Union Magazine is an independent print magazine – main focus being subcultures – with in-depth journalism and superb photography from all over the world. The journal is aimed at the inquisitive ones that have a lust for life, knowledge and fringe culture.
They’ve featured stories on the underground black biker scene in Baltimore, National Socialists in Arizona, white squatter camps of South Africa, and Bikers sticking shopping trolleys up lamp posts…
Find out more Union Magazine www.unionmag.co.uk Twitter @UnionFeatures
Episode 56 – Fleming Rose: Defending Tolerance Over Free Speech
“What is blasphemy to one man may sound as poetry to another man.”
Today’s Write With Courage guest is Flemming Rose: Author of Tyranny of Silence… Flemming is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, a Journalist, and Author. His latest book in English is Tyranny of Silence. After 14 years of working as a foreign correspondent in Russia and the USA, he returned home to Denmark in 2004 to pursue a more stable life!
“I was being accused of being intolerant by publishing those cartoons, and it turns out it is exactly the other way round… that tolerance is imposed not the one who draws a cartoon, but on the one who watches a cartoon! Tolerance means the ability to live with things you hate… Tolerance is something painful and difficult and has to be learned…we need to rediscover the true meaning of tolerance and we have to teach it in schools.”
“In fact, by explaining tolerance and defending tolerance you make a very powerful defense of free speech.”
Find out more about Flemming and his work http://www.tyrannyofsilence.net
Episode 55 – Kelly Baader: Biblical Life Lessons with a Christian Writer.
“What is the (your) focus? Even if there are people out there who read the (your) book, or listen to the (your) podcast, that I (you) make a difference that day…then who’s to say I (you) cannot do it?”
Today’s Write With Courage guest is Kelly Baader. Kelly wrote ‘A Little Girl Called Grace’ (2012) and runs the ‘Godly M. B. A. Podcast’ (Marketing Beyond Ambition) which aims to provide Inspiring, Actionable, and Successful biblical marketing strategies and Life Applications – find out more over at www.kellybaader.com Kelly is @kellybaader on Twitter.
Episode 54 – Peter Thomson: Writing to Make Serious Money
“Do not buy into the BS about writer’s block, your mind is an amazing machine and it’s at it’s best when answering questions.”
He is especially relevant to those of you who write, but find making money from your writing to be a challenge. He is The UK’s Most Prolific Information Product Creator as well as a super live speaker and storyteller…
8 Books, 100 audio programs, 100 video programs. 18 tips booklets, 156 audio newsletters, 701 Ezines over the last 13+ years… And he’s never once suffered from writer’s block!
Peter was actually part of the initial inspiration for what I do now. As an interviewer, speaker, and presentation coach, I still use Peter’s ideas years after first meeting him and attending one of his excellent live seminars. Great value!
A couple of my favorite Peter Thomson quotes
– “You’ll never consistently do who you aren’t”
– “If you don’t ask, people can’t say yes…”
And just wait till you hear which writer has had the most impact on him – controversial!
Episode 53 – Independent Man: Political YouTuber – 21000 Subscribers in 10 Months
“…If you want your leader to be a good leader, surely you need to criticize them, when they deserve it.”
Today’s guest on Write With Courage Podcast is pro-YouTuber ‘Independent Man’. He’s a skeptic, noise sifter, market watcher and dabbler and aspiring flaneur – that’s ‘a man who saunters around observing society‘ – yes I had to look that up!
Independent Man (@ on Twitter) only been producing scripts and recording political and social commentary for 10 months, yet has over 21,773 subscribers and close to 2 million channel views, despite operating in a niche topic area.
His thoughts on freedom of speech – “It’s amazing to me that we live in this era when people are just so blasé about free speech… nearly everything else in western civilization is built on that free speech. On being able to disagree with someone without having to resort to violence.”
Checking out Independent Man on YouTube you will find he’s made some videos on controversial topics, and we will explore why this means he doesn’t use his real name (yet!)
Some examples of his Video titles:
‘ My Favourite Marxist’ (Mine too) Brendan O’Neill of SpikedOnline
‘BuzzFeed News is Cancer & Outrage Everywhere’
‘The State of Campus Free Speech’
Episode 52 – Ex Queen’s Chaplain Gavin Ashenden: Culture, Christianity, KGB and a Cat!
“If you have a melting pot it is an exciting mix, but no glue… with no glue you come close to anarchy.”
Today’s Write With Courage guest is Gavin Ashenden (Twitter @Gavinashenden) Gavin is an author, theologian, newspaper columnist, pilgrim, ex-academic & BBC radio presenter; occasional opera singer, anti-egalitarian, anti-fascist, emigre…and up until very recently, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen!
Read more at www.ashenden.org
On the response of the West to Middle Eastern Christians being persecuted: “We don’t like reality because it’s uncomfortable, and we live in a culture where we’ve become very good at comforting ourselves… so there’s been a kind of lack of moral courage over the last fifty years.”
Episode 51 – Claire Fox: BBC ‘Moral Maze’ Regular – Your Greatest Regret..?
“It was the sucker punch…recognising that writing was able to completely devastate you, but, brilliantly, make you understand the World in a completely different way.”
Claire Fox (@fox_claire ) is a regular panelist on the BBC’s Moral Maze and wrote the book, I Find That Offensive (2016). Claire is director of the Institute of Ideas, founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated, argued for and fought over. The institute of Ideas challenges knee-jerk orthodoxies and ensures new generations look behind headlines and avoid over-simplistic conclusions on difficult topics.
To this end, http://www.instituteofideas.com organise a range of high-profile public events http://www.battleofideas.org.uk
On writing versus public speaking – “Writing is a far more difficult discipline than speaking because you get pinned down…”
On identity politics – “I really hate that attempt, particularly in literature, to categorise people through their politics, rather than through great writing.”
Life advice – “The greatest regret is to not say what you believe.”
Episode 50 – Alan Muir: Editor of The Scottish Sun.
“I always thought newspapers could be tools for good…”
Today’s guest on www.thorholt.com Write With Courage is Alan Muir. Alan is the Editor of the Scottish Sun Newspaper @ScottishSun on Twitter
On the future of Journalism – “While the technology moves on and we’re all wondering where we’re going to be in the next 10-20 years, the basics I think, remain the same. Journalism relies on you being a people person and having the contacts to get the stories in the first place.”
On starting as a journalist – “Get into the local paper, get involved in the local community, get to know the people who are the decision makers, the law-makers, the people that have got their ears to the ground…”
Episode 49 – Joanna Williams: Voice of the Old Left on Feminism, Brexit and Free Speech
“…it has gradually become the left who are more associated with censorship.”
Todays www.thorholt.com/writer-podcast guest is Joanna Williams @jowilliams293 Joanna is the Author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (2016) and Consuming Higher Education (2012). She’s a Writer, academic, and last but certainly not least, Joanna is education editor @spikedonline
On Europe and Brexit – “I just wanted to be able to vote out people who have control over my life. Being left wing doesn’t automatically mean you are in favour of super-national institutions.”
On Free speech – “Terms such as left and right are pretty much meaningless these days. Terms like Free Speech would not remotely have been seen as associated with the political right (in the 1950s)…
Episode 48 – James Lindsay: Everybody Is Wrong About God
“How he started writing – I got pissed off that for my entire life there’s all this…stuff about religion that I’ve never been allowed to say… I started to write it down and the next thing I know I’d written 200,000 words!!”
Today’s guest is James Lindsay. James is an Author. His latest book is, ‘Life in Light of Death’ and previous work includes, ‘Everybody Is Wrong About God’, and ‘God Doesn’t; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges’.
@ on Twitter – James Is a thinker, not a philosopher and used to be a professional mathematician.
Episode 47 – Singing Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hussaini: Arts as Antidote to Extremism
“”I’m very committed to honesty because there’s a huge trust deficit built up in the minds of western audiences…I’ve not had problems from fellow Muslims so much as from liberal white campaigners!”
Today’s guest is Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini. He’s an Imam who famously defended so-called ‘hate’ Pastor James McConnell. Muhammad is a Senior Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Westminster Institute, and also runs a rather wonderful YouTube channel showing his passion of playing Irish Fiddle and traditional sean-nós singing.
Catch him on Twitter @MYAlHussaini
Episode 46 – Frank Furedi is Encouraging Risk and Expanding Freedom
“Freedom and open debate is often seen as a threat, because when you exercise freedom it does have uncertain consequences.”
Today’s guest on the Write With Courage show is Dr. Frank Furedi (@FurediByte) Frank is an Author, commentator, sociologist – he writes for SpikedOnline which is how I discovered him. Frank’s most recent book, What’s Happened To The University? was published by Routledge on 17th oct 2016… he’s also done a very interesting TEDx talk, Dare to Know – which affirms the value of experimentation and risk.
Episode 45 – Writing to Repair The World: Simone Rodan-Benzaquen on Beating Anti-Semites in France
“You can’t do anything against the will of one person!”
Today’s guest is Simone Rodan Benzaquen. Simone is AJC’s Paris Director. She previously served as Adviser to the Ambassador for Human Rights in the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She holds a law degree from Kings College London, is currently working on her first book and has written for Le Figaro, Atlantico, Le Monde and Huffington Post.
On life as a Jew in France – “…anti-Semitism is obviously a problem for minorities, but at the end of the day it is a problem for all… if a democracy is incapable of defending its’ minorities anymore, something is profoundly wrong.”
Episode 44 – Milo Yiannopoulos’ YouTube Guy: Why The Right Is Winning with Hunter Swogger
“…if you want to get attention to a cause, you need to be entertainment first, and substance second!”
Episode 43 – CH4 Documentary Maker Mark Sparrow: Death Threats and Deadly Dentists.
“Don’t use long words and don’t write for other writers..just get your message across with the greatest economy you can”
Episode 42 – Indigenous Jewish Rights Writer – Londoner in Tel Aviv
“The Israelis are the only indigenous people who’ve successfully won their country back after centuries of conquest and exile”
Thor from www.thorholt.com talks to an ‘Indigenous Jewish Rights Writer’ and Settler living in Israel. Despite his title Brian of LONDON, he seems to be based in a Tel Aviv bomb shelter and is a contributor at Israellycool.com
Episode 41 – Gary Bell: One Life – Homeless Hooligan to Humour and the High Court!
“There’s one bloke who’s reviewed Animal QC and gave it 1 star. But he also gave 4 other books 1 star and he gave a roll of tape 5 stars – he knows what he likes!”
www.thorholt.com Today’s guest is Gary Bell @GaryBellQC: One-time homeless drifter, ASDA forklift driver, and Pork Farms production line worker-turned-defence Silk (Lawyer) and Writer. His preposterous (and funny – very funny!) life story is told in ANIMAL QC and he writes semi-regularly for The Spectator and has written for The Week, The Guardian and The Big Issue recently.
“Just get round to it Thor. Everyone says they’ve got a book in them, but it just stays in them!”
Episode 40 – Cultural Appropriation and Diversity in Books With Bre Faucheux
“…there’s a trend with politically correct culture, that your stories have to be diverse. Don’t let anyone intimidate you into being diverse for diverse sake! Make sure your story comes from you. Your readers are going to care more about your characters struggles, don’t ever feel ashamed to write what you know.”
Write With Courage guest today is controversial Southern Conservative, Pro-Constitution, Pro-Gun Vlogger, and Novelist Bre Faucheux.
Write With Courage guest today is controversial Southern Conservative, Pro-Constitution, Pro-Gun Vlogger, and Novelist Bre Faucheux.
“If you’re writing your first novel, you need to finish it in under 90 days, 1000 words a day!”
Episode 39 – Timothy Garton Ash: Freedom, Facebook Hebdo and The Stasi
“We are facing a kind of global counter-revolution against free speech.”
“What I have to tell you is, in the five years since I started doing this, free speech has been eroded, has been pushed back almost everywhere…”
“There’s a whole new front in defending freedom of speech which is about checking the power of the private superpowers – Facebook, Google, and Twitter…the home office is now what’s called a ‘privileged flagger’ on facebook!”
Episode 38 – Brendan O’Neill: Spiked Editor, Speaker and Left Wing Thinker.
“The left should be about liberating people from poverty AND official dictates!”
“The right to be offensive is the engine of progress! Unless you give people the leeway to experiment with ideas, and the scope to be offensive and dangerous, and to shake the status quo, then we can’t have the kind of progress and leaps forward, that have generated the conditions we live in today.”
Episode 37 – David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind
“People have a right to be free…society works better when people are free…The right and the responsibility to make the important decisions…what you smoke, read or spend your money on… should not be governed by coercive government!”
Peter Thiel says about David Boaz new book, “The Libertarian Mind is so convincing critics will want to condemn it, regulate it, tax it, fleece it, and forbid it. Fortunately, good ideas haven’t been outlawed…yet.”
Episode 36 – Taleeb Starkes: Thought Police Fugitive
“I’m like Bruce Banner. I write best when I get angry!”
On writing despite danger and death threats – “I couldn’t sleep knowing that I didn’t put my foot on the throttle.”
Today’s Guest is Taleeb Starkes. Taleeb is Author of two Amazon #1 Best Sellers: ☆BLACK LIES MATTER☆ & ☆THE UN-CIVIL WAR☆ Thought-Police Fugitive. NAACP Image Award Non-Winner.
“…I worked with juvenile delinquents in a group home setting in Philadelphia. That has been my passion. To try and take these seeds and help them grow into flowers. Not all grow as we may like. Some grow into weeds, not flowers. I grew up as part of this delinquency. I went to jail… went to prison. 3 hots and a cot!”
“I still mentor…but not in delinquent homes. Now that I gained some notoriety with my writing, I had to take my skill set and apply it in a different way…. because people try to get you fired these days because they don’t agree with the position I take.”
“Being poor is no excuse for poor behavior” – Taleeb’s Grandmother
Episode 35 – Anni Cyrus (Glazov Gang TV) and Nabeel Azeez (Alpha Muslim): Apostates, Islamophobia, and the Huffington Post.
You can sit at home and worry about a ‘clash of civilizations’, or taking your belief in non-aggression, you can do something to promote understanding. These kind of conversations are more likely to lead to solutions than one-sided ranting.
Guest today, Nabeel Azeez. Nabeel is Founder and blogger at ‘Becoming the Alpha Muslim”, he also writes professionally for business clients at Dropkick Copy and recently wrote for the Huffington Post. Nabeel says, “I don’t like the way Muslims have co-opted the political correctness and victim mindset of the left.”
Our second guest is Anni Cyrus. Anni is originally from Iran. She is the producer of web tv show, ‘The Glazov Gang’ and also runs a site called Live Up To Freedom. Anni says, “First I want to thank you Nabeel for asking that question. A lot of respect to you for this article…thank you for being honest.”
Episode 34 – Neil Woods: Writing an End to The War on Drugs
“It’s the drug war that’s corrupted society” Neil Woods
Our guest today is Neil Woods… Neil is a former undercover drugs operative, and reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. He is now is part of the @UKleap team, working towards drug law reform. His Memoir ‘Good Cop Bad War: My Undercover Life Inside Britains Biggest Drug Gangs’ was published by Ebury on the 18th August 2016.
“I thought I was fighting the good fight.But all I ever did was interrupt the drug flow to a city for a few days. The war on drugs is a devastating terrible thing and gangsters are getting rich!”
Episode 33 – Saurav Dutt: Political battles, The Donald, Jeremy Corbyn & Writing Wrongs
On Brexit: “I’m a proud British Indian, but that didn’t stop so many ‘fans’ calling me a sell-out c**t”
Our guest today is Saurav Dutt. Saurav is an Author and Political Commentator whose writing focuses on human rights issues, ranging from women’s rights, honour-based violence, racism, and geopolitics. His new book “The Butterfly Room” chronicles the issues of violence against women as well as the taboo issue of homophobia. His political columns cover wide-ranging topics such as the GOP, Conservatism, and geopolitical issues. His book has met with considerable critical acclaim, leading to appearances on BBC Radio and Television, Sky News, RT (Russia Today), Press TV (of Iran) and has been showcased on ABC and MSNBC News amongst others [and has made it across the desks of Amnesty International, The UN, Former PM David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
On Writing: “It’s a bit like vomiting. You just have to get it out. The art is in the editing. Just like film.”
“…any writer who doesn’t read, needs a whack on the head!”
“Don’t let anyone rain on your parade. You’ll get a lot of criticism in writing. Bear in mind they probably don’t even have a parade to rain on!”
Connect with Saurav and enjoy his varied and incisive blog sauravdutt.com
Episode 32 – Heathen Jack Donovan: Survival and Masculinity in 2016
“…try to not follow the news cycle. Writing about that stuff, no one cares about it in a week. So I want to write about universal things so right now I’m writing an essay on Brotherhood.”
Jack Donovan – @starttheworld on Instagram – is Author of a number of books including; ‘The Way of Men’. and ‘Becoming a Barbarian’.
He also Hosts ‘Start The World’ Podcast on Itunes/Stitcher Radio
“You get into a survival situation – which would be prison – and guys are gonna gravitate towards guys like them. Tribalism is our natural instinct and we are preventing that because tribalism is very inconvenient in the modern world… because it effects commerce.”
“I don’t have a small vocabulary. I’d much rather write short tight little sentencesI like to try to write the way I’d talk to someone in a bar. Not using fancy long words to show how well you write. That’s the worst writing to read… people who are pretentious about their writing.”
Episode 31 – Michael Auslin: Washington Insider
“The only good dissertation (or book) is a finished dissertation – just write it!”
Michael Auslin ( @MichaelAuslin ) is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and National Review. He has advised the US government on Asian and global security issues. He is a resident scholar, and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues. Before joining AEI, Dr. Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University. Twitter @End_of_Asia
Episode 0030 – Greg Stevens: Liberal Writer and Super Smart Scientist
“The fact that you can come up with an intelligent argument for your position is not by itself evidence for that position. You need to ask yourself, can I come up with a really smart argument for the other side as well. And that is what you need to argue against!”
Our guest today is @ Greg Stevens. Greg formerly taught at UCLA and is now a research scientist – a Data Modeling & Analytics Specialist to be precise. Greg still writes on science topics for Second Nexus and The Daily Dot. His writing has also appeared in Salon.Com, Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, and Real Clear Technology. Greg also blogs about science, philosophy, politics, religion, history, culture, and fitness at www.gregstevens.com
He recommends we all read ‘Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid’ by Douglas Hofstadter.
Episode 0029 – Raheem Kassam: Breitbart the Alt-Right and PFL
“You don’t quite realise how corrupt almost everything, and everyone is!”
How he ended up as UKIP and Nigel Farage advisor – “I got to know Nigel Farage by drinking in Westminster pubs!’
Raheem Kassam @ – Editor in chief @BreitbartLondon If you don’t know about Breitbart yet… they’re a news organization founded in 2007 by commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart in the USA and are currently top of the Twitter league table for news sites.
On his background – ‘I was a previous regular Mosque going Muslim, but it’s just not for me… I was more interested in going to the pub’
Episode 0028 – Michael A Sherlock: Honest Atheist Writer.
“To live an honest life, you’re going to necessarily make people angry, and you need to develop a thick skin. Better to make some people angry than to sit by and let atrocity and injustice carry on without hindrance.”
Michael A Sherlock. Michael is an Atheist and Humanist Speaker.. the Author of books including; ‘The Gospel of Atheism and Freethought: according to Sherlock’, Blasphemy: The Selected Works of a Blaspheming Atheist’, ‘I Am Christ’ and ‘Tell Me More’. Michael is also the founder of Founder of ‘Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics & Secularists’. He holds a BA, Pol Sci & Sociology. He’s Studying MA in Religion and his aim as an author is to expose the “sacred” lies, frauds and forgeries of religion.
Catch up with Michael on Twitter @
Episode 0027 – Ed Latimore: Writer, Physicist, Pro-Boxer.
Our guest today, Ed Latimore, is a 13 times Undefeated (13-0) Heavyweight Professional Boxer From Pittsburgh. He’s also a Chess nerd, Physicist and Army National Guard Soldier. And of course… Ed is a writer. Ed comes highly recommended by Mike Cernovich, a previous guest on WWC!
Catch him on Twitter @
Episode 0026 – Candice Holdsworth ‘Spikes’ Clinton & May
“Write what you truly think. Or you’ll never really connect…”
Today Thor ( @ThorHolt ) talks to @SpikedOnline and @Spectator writer Candice Holdsworth. Candice began her own blog and was talent spotted by Spiked via Twitter.
“The best sort of writing is clean clear prose. Simplify.”
“I didn’t hit my groove…until I started saying what I really thought”
“You write because you have to. Writing is a compulsion. Otherwise, why would you choose to do it?”
The article we mention in the podcast Clinton and May: The Hollow Women of Politics
Catch up with Candice on Twitter @CandiceCarrie
Episode 0025 – Mark Blyth: Rushdie, Risk and Economics! Economics and Austerity for Normal People
“When you write, there has to be something at risk”
Today’s guest talking to Thor ( @thorholt ) is Mark Blyth. Writer, Professor of Political Economy at Brown University and Author of, ‘Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, & Great Transformations.’
Catch up with Mark on Twitter @mkblyth or visit www.markblyth.com
Episode 0024 – Candice Malcolm: Classy Classical Liberal
“I try to write every day even if I don’t publish it”
Thor talks to Candice Malcolm. Candice is a well-read and self-described ‘classical liberal’ writer. She pens a regular column in the Toronto Sun and contributes at @TheRebelTV. Candice has just published a searing book on Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau with, “Losing True North: Justin Trudeau’s Assault on Canadian Citizenship.”
“Stay true to your values and persevere”
Connect with Candice on twitter @CandiceMalcolm or at www.candicemalcolm.com
Episode 0023 – Self-Censorship and Milo Yiannopoulos Special
We bring you a special deep dive episode on self-censorship among writers. Our first guest is Nabeel Azeez. He is Founder and blogger at ‘Becoming the Alpha Muslim”. Nabeel also writes professionally for business clients as Co-Founder of Dropkick Copy… he joined us from Dubai. Our second guest is Donna Rachel. Donna is a Christian, mother, and one of the professional writer team at Breitbart in London.
Nabeel Azeez @Nabeel4reel on twitter. Donna Rachel @Donna_R_E on Twitter
Episode 0022 – John King: Punk to Pen
“Write novels that deal with the world around you…People confront the horror of certain things and have to turn away from it…”
John King, writer, and defender of animal rights, is the author of eight novels – The Football Factory, Headhunters, England Away, Human Punk, White Trash, The Prison House and Skinheads….and his most recent title, ‘The Liberal Politics of Adolf Hitler’.
“I’m not particularly organized, I start writing and then find a path…”
Find out more about John and his work at www.london-books.co.uk
Episode 0021 – Phelim McAleer: Mischievous Movies
“…there’s nothing brave about making or writing something that all your friends agree with”
Journalist, movie maker and now writer, Phelim McAleer’s work examines topics such as; Ferguson, Clinton’s ’email issues’ and the darker side of environmentalism…
“…people don’t like it when the truth doesn’t match their beliefs”
Connect with him on facebook, just plug in ‘Phelim McAleer’ or Twitter @phelimmcaleer
Episode 0020 – Martin Knight: George Best Biographer
He recommends ‘A Man Of His Time’ by Alan Sillitoe and credits Alan with these wise words, “Ignore what anyone else thinks…writing isn’t about earning a living, it’s something you have to do if you’re that way inclined”
Martin Knight was brought up on a London council estate, left school at 15 and became a writer when he met a former football hooligan, Martin King, and wrote a book (‘Hoolifan’) with him. He has written many books since including ‘Battersea Girl’, ‘Grass’ and most recently, ‘Justice for Joan – The Arundel Murder’, a true story of an unsolved murder in Sussex. He co-owns www.London-Books.co.uk, who ‘Fly the Flag for Free Thinking Literature’
“To be honest, I don’t have a structure, I write as and when it grabs me…”
Connect with him on Twitter (some good twitter banter!) @MartinKnight_
Episode 0019 – Peter Tatchell: Arresting Mugabe and Loving Freedom.
“I love other people, I love freedom, I love justice…”
Thor Holt talks to Peter Tatchell. Peter has attempted multiple times to arrest Robert Mugabe for human rights abuses, has scrapped with neo-nazis in Russia while campaigning for Gay Rights, survived an attempt to kill him at his home in London… he actively stands up for free speech (“free speech trumps offensiveness”) over at http://www.petertatchell.net and he’s found time to write some books over the years… which is great because it gave us an excuse to get him on the show!
Catch his latest campaigns and thoughts on Twitter @PeterTatchell
Episode 0018 – Saleem Haddad: Guapa
“I knew I needed to tell the truth… but what will people say? Will I be misunderstood or vulnerable?”
Kuwaiti-born writer Saleem Haddad was educated in Jordan, Canada, and the United Kingdom and talks to Thor about writing, life and his debut novel Guapa (2016)
Guapa received widespread acclaim, with The New Yorker calling it a “vibrant, wrenching début novel”.
Connect with Saleem on twitter @sysh or on facebook.
Episode 0017 – Mike Cernovich: Writer and Hatchet-Man of Twitter
“Throw fire or what is the point?!”
We talk writing and media hoax take-downs with Mike Cernovich of www.dangerandplay.com – catch his hot hoax busting, and heated banter @cernovich on Twitter.
“write every day for as long as you can afford”
“If I’m gonna say what everyone else is saying why even bother writing – I like it hot!
“…Don’t just ask ‘why isn’t there a that?’ I say, go create ‘that’!”
You’ll find Mike’s book ‘Gorilla Mindset’ on Audible… go to audible for your free audio book now.
Episode 0016 – Vox day: Sci-Fi Author and Publisher.
Five-time Hugo Award nominee, Science Fiction Author and Publisher Vox Day talks writing, politics, his American Indian heritage, partying with Donald Trump and Henry Kissinger!
Vox writes epic fantasy as well as non-fiction about religion, philosophy, and economics. He’s a professional game designer who speaks four languages and a three-time Billboard Top 40 Club Play recording artist. His books have been translated into 10 languages.
To get an introduction to his Sci-Fi Vox suggests ‘A Magic Broken’ available at Amazon.
Enjoy some banter with the self-titled ‘Supreme Darl Lord of The Evil Legion of Evil’ @VoxDay on Twitter. His publishing company is http://www.castaliahouse.com/
Episode 0015 – Johnny B Truant: Story Seller Extraordinaire
Popular fiction author Johnny B Truant. Johnny is co-host of the top-rated Self Publishing Podcast, co-author of the #1 Marketing bestseller “Write. Publish. Repeat: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success”.
Popular fiction author Johnny B Truant. Johnny is co-host of the top-rated Self Publishing Podcast, co-author of the #1 Marketing bestseller “Write. Publish. Repeat: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success”. He also Hosts the Self Publishing Podcast and the Better Off Undead Show
…He once wrote a novel live in 30 days which was a record-setting Kickstarter project!
“…got to be tough, you gotta role with it!”
“The harder I work…the more opportunities I get.”
say hello to Johnny on Twitter @JohnnyBTruant and tell him Thor from Write With Courage sent you.
Episode 0014 – Abdellah Taïa: 1st Gay Arab Novelist
‘…writing should be really dangerous. Put your skin, your blood, your whole soul into your writing!’
Abdellah Taïa is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker He has published eight novels in French…. Some now translated into English…
‘…by deciding to write to someone, you are already transforming something.’
Taïa became the first openly gay Arab writer in 2006. His first movie, Salvation Army, gave Arab cinema it’s first gay protagonist… connect with him on Facebook by putting ‘Abdellah Taïa’ into FB search box or email him firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 0013 – James Delingpole: Free Man Writing.
“When I sit down to write, I want more than anything to entertain the reader, and to provoke a response.”
Thor speaks with writer James Delingpole – a classical liberal on a ‘holy mission’! James writes novels, as well as for The Spectator, Daily Mail and Breitbart Network.
“Want to be a writer? Don’t give up your day job, because you’re probably not J.K. Rowling!”
‘Not everything is shit…” “…the EU and Brexit was our battle of Salamis, and free men fight better than serfs!”
Catch James on Twitter @JamesDelingpole and tell him Write With Courage sent you or go to connect with him on Facebook
Episode 0012 – Dr. Carmen Simon: More Memorable Writing.
“People remember so little of what you write, and much of that is random.”
Scott Adams introduced Carmen Simon to me because she helped him sell a whole lot of books…so we just had to get her on the show for you. We cover sensible stuff on planting memories or ideas and… er… texting while having sex!
“People remember so little of what you write, and much of that is random.” Dr Simon tells you how to change this, and talks about creating more memorable writing.
Connect with her on Twitter @areyoumemorable and check out her book, ‘Impossible To Ignore’ on Amazon.
Episode 0011 – D C Alden: No. 1 Amazon Novelist. Battling Mighty Themes.
“Keep it pacey, keep it moving, don’t let the reader off the hook!”
Ex-Soldier, Cop and now Author Darrell Alden, Writer of sharp-edged page turning books; ‘Invasion’, ‘The Horse at The Gates ‘and The Angola Deception’ talks writing, publishing, and mighty themes.
Connect with Darrell on twitter @DCAlden or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DCAlden/ tell him Thor from Write With Courage sent you!
Check out his ‘Band Of Brothers video on YouTube
Episode 0010 – Mark Beaumont: Adventurer. ‘Feral’ Writer.
“…approach writing like an expedition. Stage by stage…”
Record breaking long distance cyclist, adventurer, documentary maker and author Mark Beaumont (@MrMarkBeaumont) talks to Thor Holt (@thorholt) about writing, and not ending up as bacon!
“…write early and write late!” no excuses, you can fit it in even with a job and family.
Find out more about, ‘Africa Solo: My World Record Race from Cairo to Cape Town’, ‘The Man Who Cycled The World’ and ‘The Man Who Cycled The Americas’. visit Mark’s author page at Amazon now
Episode 0009 – Write With Courage: Special Listener Message.
Episode 0008 – Gavin McInnes: Write What Haunts You
ADULT LANGUAGE WARNING. Simon & Schuster Published Author, Co-Founder of VICE Magazine Gavin McInnes talks writing advice and censorship with Thor (@thorholt)
“Write before your deadline. And it should sit in your gullet for 24 hours… Let it ruminate!”
“…whiskey gives it balls, pot makes it funny, coffee cuts the excess off!”
“…write a letter to your brother, then take out the in-jokes”
“…the days of having a publisher are over!”
Let Gavin know what you think of his writing ideas and his politics on Twitter @gavin_mcinnes and tell him Thor from Write With Courage sent you.
Episode 0007 – Stephen Fry Urges Listening to… Michael Coren’s ‘Epiphany
Stephen Fry said, “Michael Coren’s Epiphany is a wonderfully revealing read – an epiphany in itself. I urge anyone interested in the conjunction of faith and free-thought to read this engrossing and fascinating book.”
While a conservative Roman Catholic blog, in gentle contrast said, ‘Michael Coren Complicit in Destruction of Souls Who Practice Homosexuality, Pt 1’
Michael is the (Random House published) best-selling author of fourteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Check out Michael’s latest book ‘Epiphany: A Christian’s Change of Heart & Mind over Same-Sex Marriage’
Connect with him @michaelcoren on Twitter.and say @thorholt of @WriteWthCourage sent you.
Episode 0006 – Leslee Udwin (BAFTA Winner) Gang Rape and ‘India’s Daughter’
“Don’t ever ask ‘who’s going to let me write this?’ Say, ‘Who’s going to stop me?!”
In this deep dive interview, BAFTA award-winning Human Rights Activist, Producer/Director/Writer Leslee Udwin talks ‘pity for the World’ and ‘big dreams’ with Thor Holt.
“Engage with a World that’s broken – fly at 30,000 feet, above the critics.”
Please check out her ‘Think Equal initiative and connect on Twitter @LesleeUdwin
Episode 0005 – Peter Hitchens – ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ and Porridge
Hear Thor Holt in conversation with writer and journalist Peter Hitchens. Peter is not afraid to write his truth even if that means some sharp edges. Topics included quotes and advice for writers, drugs, porridge, and Peter’s run in with Moscow Police while living in Russia!
Peter Hitchens won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2010. One of the Orwell Prize judges, Peter Kellner, described Hitchens’s writing as being “as firm, polished and potentially lethal as a Guardsman’s boot.” Both Peter and his Brother Christopher certainly had the capacity to grow into compelling writers and communicators.
Say hello to Peter on Twitter @clarkemicah (yes, that really is his twitter handle) and make sure to tell him @WriteWthCourage sent you!
Episode 0004 – Scott Adams: Persuade Like Trump (Beyond Dilbert)
“I focus on persuasion. Only one candidate is good at it. I can’t change that.” Scott Adams
Cartoonist creator of Dilbert, Entrepreneur, and Author of 15 books, Scott Adams talks life, writing, persuasion and Donald Trump with Thor (@thorholt).
Enjoy more of Scott’s wisdom on Trump, persuasion, and everything else – connect with him on twitter @scottadamssays and tell him @ThorHolt from @WriteWthCourage sent you!
Episode 0003 – Nick Cohen: Beer, Coffee, Writing, and Free Speech
A prolific journalist and writer, Nick Cohen has some simple to implement tips for new writers, and a clear ‘beer warning’ for those wishing to take up journalism…
Was Nick’s friend Christopher Hitchens correct in what he said of Nick Cohen and his book, ‘Whats Left? How The Left Lost Its Way’
‘Exceptional and necessary…Do not feel you have to be a leftist or liberal to read it, because it engages with an argument that it crucial for all of us, and for our time.’ Christopher Hitchens, Sunday Times
Catch up with Nick on twitter @nickcohen4 and tell him @ThorHolt from @WriteWthCourage sent you!
Episode 0002 – Teenage Slavery Slayer Zach Hunter.
Zach Hunter won a publishing deal for his first book aged fourteen after transforming Gandhi’s words into action. “Be the change you wish to see in the World” When he discovered that slavery hadn’t ended after all…
Connect with him and say @ThorHolt and @WriteWthCourage sent you, he’s @zachjhunter on Twitter. Check out Zach’s book Be The Change at Amazon
Episode 0001 – Introducing ‘Write With Courage!’
In less time than your commute takes, we bring you a dose of danger from today’s exciting writers including Scott Adams, Peter Hitchens and Nick Cohen. We explore their stories of previous failures, useable writing tips, and discover how they got published to begin with! We bring the sort of Libertarian conversation, which happens when you are willing to listen and debate with writers of all political or religious persuasions and none. Might you be a writer with courage?
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