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The No Review Book Show

Dear Reader

The No Review Book Show

Jessica Stone has been recognised at the Community Radio Awards for her “no review book show” Dear Reader. The CSR presenter picked up a Bronze in the Speech & Journalism section and a was awarded Silver in the Creative Radio category.

The national awards recognise outstanding broadcasters from community radio stations across the UK and Jessica was amongst those receiving their prizes at a glittering ceremony held at Sheffield’s Hallum Universtity on 15 September.

To celebrate there’s a a chance to hear some highlights from the “no review book show” throughout Freshers’ Week and the show will return at weekends later in the year.


Saturday 15 September, 6.00pm — Dear Reader – In the Writer’s Room with Maggie Harris
This week in the writer’s room we have poet, short-story writer, and artist Maggie Harris reading from her work and answering questions. Dr Nancy Gaffield hosts the evening as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series at the University of Kent. Meanwhile in the studio, Constantine Nicholas-Rega joins Jessica to listen in and offer commentary. Maggie Harris’s published works include: Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, Kiskadee Girl, In Margate by Lunchtime, Writing on Water, and 60 Years of Loving.


Sunday 16 September, 9.00pm — Bookstagram and Books That Inspire
Guest Charlie Edwards-Freshwater persuades Jessica on the merits of Bookstagram before they trade titles of books that inspired them to take action.


Monday 17 September, 6.00pm — Swashbuckling Orphan Assisins
Joycean prose? NOPE. Sharona Selby joins Jessica in studio to talk about reading purely for pleasure. Swashbuckling? Bring it. Orphan hero? Even better. A swashbuckling orphan hero that’s also an assassin? That’s the holy grail.


Tuesday 18 September, 6.00pm — Dear Reader Encore Prof Amelia Hadfield ‘Murdoch, Memory, and Politics’
What happens when you have Murdoch, Homer, Obama, and Clinton in the same room together? Magic. Professor Amelia Hadfield brings us 3 wildly different books that speak to our modern political conversation: Iris Murdoch’s The Nice and the Good, Adam Nicolson’s The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters, and Mark Landler’s Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle over American Power.


Wednesday 19 September, 6.00pm — Dear Reader – In the Writer’s Room with Scarlett Thomas
Scarlett Thomas launches the second volume of the Worldquake Sequence. Interviewed by Alex Preston as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series at the University of Kent.


Thursday 20 September, 6.00pm — Dear Reader 42 – Beth Crane
Comedic sci-fi with Beth Crane—writer, actor, illustrator, and creator of the hit podcast We Fix Space Junk.


Friday 21 September, 6.00pm — Dear Reader – Canterbury Special Dear Reader’s final episode on CSR is a Canterbury special featuring local guests Rachel Meier and Charlie Edwards-Freshwater as well an audio tour of the iconic Catching Lives Bookshop.


Saturday 29 September, 4.00pm — Dear Reader – In the Writer’s Room with Amy Sackville
Amy Sackville, author of The Still Point (2010) and Orkney (2013), gives us a sneak preview of her newest novel Painter to the King as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series at the University of Kent. Guiding the conversation is fellow writer Alex Preston.


If you want to catch up, previous episodes are available for streaming on Mixcloud. To contact the show, email with ‘Dear Reader’ in the subject line. Voice recordings are always especially appreciated and may get featured on air, so get those smartphones out, dust off your radio voice, and tell us what you’re reading!

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