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  • Alistair Braidwood

Coming Around Again: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Alan Bissett…

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

For the latest podcast Ali caught up with writer and performer Alan Bissett, who was one of our earliest podcast guests back in 2011. That was the year of his last novel Pack Men (the SWH! review of which you can still read here) and the two catch up to talk about his first book of published prose since, the novella Lazy Susan.

They discuss the character of Susie ‘Q’ Martin, the return to writing fiction, the novella as a format, the book’s inventive structure, the relationship between author and reader, new ways to tell old stories, working in the theatre, what else Alan has been up to over the last ten years, and so much more.

It’s a fascinating chat with one of Scotland’s finest writers, and there’s also the bonus of readings from Alan (as God!) and Rosalind Watt as ‘Lazy Susan’.

Lazy Susan is out now, published by Speculative Books.

You can buy a signed copy from

Alan Bissett will be appearing at the Paisley Book Festival as part of the Opening Event: Radical New Futures.

If you are new to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast there is quite a substantial back-catalogue for you to discover. If you aren’t yet a subscriber you can do so, (or simply listen) at iTunes, on Podbean, with Spotify, by RSS (but you’ll need to have an RSS reader to do so) or on MixCloud.

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We will continue to bring you many and varied SWH! podcasts over the coming weeks and months in 2021.

In the meantime you can always check out our back catalogue of over 180 interviews with some of the most interesting names in Scottish culture.


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