The Book programme

Series 2

Sundays at 4pm

Episode One.

Julie Stock and Hilary Robertson talk to Rowena Love about How to Get Started in Self-Publishing.

Self-publishing your own work as a writer is easier than ever to do these days but what does it actually involve? Julie Stock, self-published contemporary romance author of ten books, and Hilary Robertson, soon-to-be debut author, discuss with Rowena Love, self-published poet of multiple individual and joint collections, what self-publishing really entails and how to make the most of it. During this hour, you’ll get the answers to all the questions you might have about getting started in self-publishing.

Episode Two.

Poetry: Language, Style and Voice - presented by Julie Stock.

Award-Winning poets Rowena M Love and J.S. Watts take a dive into the language of poetry. What is the importance of style? What is the impact of voice within poetry and why should you have it? How do you choose the right language to use? How do you juggle all these issues when translating poetry from or into a different language and what has the Frank Sinatra hit “My Way” got to do with translating poetry?

Episode Three.

Get that business going - it's easier than you think - presented by Jane Dismore.


Running your own business is often seen as the ideal situation - being your own boss, freedom to be creative in the way you want - but for many people, it's a big leap into the unknown.   In this programme, three business professionals who have written books on the subject talk about the pros and cons of achieving the dream.  Why not listen in? It might be easier than you think! Jane Dismore is joined by Claudia Roth, Allan Esler Smith & Chris West.

Websites mentioned during the show;

Federation of Small Business

Free local business start-up support and courses including my ‘free’ monthly ‘Q & A with an accountant’

Intellectual Property Office

Retirement Planning Expert 2020/21 – book available on Amazon from September

‘Sales on a Beermat: the Essential Guide for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Small Business’ – available on Amazon from September

Episode Four.

The Craft Of Writing - presented by J.S Watts


We have a studio full of writers today discussing their craft and how to develop it. J.S.Watts will be talking with fellow novelist Jane O’Reilly, biographer Jane Dismore and polymath non-fiction and fiction author Chris West. Topics include how you become a writer; whether you can ever make it pay; where inspiration comes from; and the differences between writing fiction and non-fiction. In between lively debate, the writers choose some of their favourite music tracks and explain the links to their writing.


Julie Stock

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam's Story) and Finding You (Jenna's Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019. Two more books will be published later this year.

You can connect with Julie via her website -, on Twitter - @wood_beez48, via her Facebook Author Page -, and on Instagram - @julie.stockauthor. 

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors. Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

Owen W Knight

Owen W Knight is a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction. His works include Another Life (published 1st May 2020), described as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ for the 21st Century’ and The Invisible College Trilogy, an apocalyptic dystopian conspiracy tale for young adults and adults alike, described as ‘1984 Meets the Book of Revelation’.

Owen was born at a time when children spent their days outdoors, creating imaginary worlds that formed the basis of their adventures and social interaction. He has used this experience to create worlds based on documented myths, with elements of dystopia, mystery and science fiction, highlighting the use and abuse of power and the conflicts associated with maintaining ethical values.

Owen spent many years as a director of a software company and as a business and IT consultant. The experience provided him with a background of selling ideas, envisaging change, producing scenarios of differing outcomes and developing pragmatic solutions. All useful qualities to apply to creative fiction.

You can follow him on Facebook @OwenKnightAuthor or at

Allan Esler Smith

Allan Esler Smith is a chartered accountant, tax advisor and he helps new business start-ups. He has been editor/author of The Good Retirement Guide for the last eight years and the 2018 edition was the number one bestseller in its category on Amazon. His latest book is Retirement Planning Expert 2020/21 (available September 2020 and updated for the latest budget and managing finances during the COVID crisis). 


Facebook: Allan Esler Smith

Twitter: @allaneslersmith

Jane O'Reilly

Jane O’Reilly is a best-selling author of science fiction. Blue Planet, the final book in her Second Species trilogy, came out in July 2020. The series follows the adventures of a genetically modified woman and a space pirate as they join forces to fight off an alien empress intent on destroying humankind. When she’s not writing about space pirates, Jane likes knitting, museums and reading Terry Pratchett. She also likes Captain America and biscuits. Originally from Yorkshire, Jane now lives in Stevenage, and you can find her at

Matt Adcock

Matt is author of the dark near-future novel Complete Darkness, picked as one of Den of Geek's 'Top Books of 2019'. He's also a blog editor, Head of Communications for Embrace the Middle East, and a film reviewer for BBC 3 Counties and a group of press. Matt is available to speak at events and is a lover of all things virtual, sci-fi, superhero and theological... He loves to interact with readers: Tweet him: @Cleric20 Read his film reviews and more: Discover more about the Darkmatters universe: artwork, merchandise, links to prequel short stories, media and future plans at:

Hilary Robertson

Hilary is known to listeners of North Herts Radio as the presenter of classical music show Rubato. As a writer, she has worked for many years for local, national and international companies, providing words for magazines, websites and marketing literature. She has recently turned her hand to writing fiction and poetry and her first collections will be appearing soon. Her regular blog is available at hilaryrobertson.blogspot; follow her on Twitter @HilaryRWriter and on Facebook HilaryRobertsonFreelanceWriter

Claudia Roth

Claudia Roth was flying high in luxury hospitality working as Vice President for the largest luxury hotel collection across 75 countries. She was at the height of her career as a senior executive when a business trip took her to India to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Her thoughts and focus were on applying her skill set – sell luxury. Little did she know that the agenda would contain a different variety of business and luxury – that of self-understanding and transformation.


Her life changed direction. As Founder & Managing Director of Soul Luxury she acts as a bridge between the corporate and the spiritual spheres. She also practices as a Quantum Energy Coach and is the co-founder of the HEALING SUMMIT, a global event. She recently published ‘A 28 Days Journey to Self Love’ a guided journal to inner peace. Her website is

Chris West

Chris West writes on a number of topics. His co-authored business book, The Beermat Entrepreneur has sold 100,000 copies in various editions round the world. He is also a historian. First Class, A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps was one of ten Independent Bookshop Picks in 2012. His latest non-fiction book, Eurovision! A History of Modern Europe through the World’s Greatest Song Contest, tells the story of Europe from Suez to Brexit through the Eurovision Song Contest, and was published in 2017. A 2020 edition will be available soon. He has written four crime novels set in 1990s China. His latest work of fiction is What’s the Bloody Point of it All?, a comic e-novella published this year.

Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas is a writer and journalist who has written for various publications including The Economist, the Financial Times and the New Statesman. His books on philosophy – Zeno and the Tortoise and Philosophy: The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions have been translated into twenty-four languages. He now writes speculative fiction

Jane Dismore

Jane loves history and heritage and writes about interesting people from the past and the present. Her latest book is Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II, published in the UK and the USA. She also writes features for magazines and newspapers, including The Times, History Today, Country Life and Britain at War. While living abroad she had a regular spot on the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) and, after qualifying as a solicitor back in the UK, was the ‘Legal Eagle’ for a local radio station. Jane began her professional life as an English teacher but always found time to write in her free time. She lives in St Albans. Her website is at      You can follow her on Twitter @JaneDismore and on Facebook JaneDismore Author

J.S Watts

J.S.Watts is a British poet and novelist who weaves the fantastical and the literary with other vibrant strands to create glowing, multi-faceted writing.

Born in London, she now lives just outside of Cambridge. Her poetry, short stories and non-fiction appear in a wide variety of publications in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the States and have been broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio. She has edited various magazines and anthologies and performed her poetry across England, Scotland and Wales, but not yet in Ireland (should anyone from Ireland be reading this). She co-runs the Bishop’s Stortford “Writers’ Club” with Emma Vandore.

J.S.’s two poetry collections, Cats and Other Myths and Years Ago You Coloured Me, are published by Lapwing Publications, as is her multi-award nominated SF poetry pamphlet, Songs of Steelyard Sue. Her latest poetry pamphlet, The Submerged Sea, is published by Dempsey & Windle. Her novels, A Darker Moon - dark literary fiction, Witchlight and Old Light – paranormal, are published in the US and UK by Vagabondage Press. For further details see her website: and Facebook page  

Rowena M Love

Rowena M Love is an award-winning Scots poet and writer now living in Hertfordshire.  She writes in both English and Scots and has won the McCash Scots Poetry Prize (the premier prize for Scots language poetry) as well as other competitions for her English poetry.  Her poems have appeared in print, online and been broadcast on radio around the world. She has two solo collections (The Chameleon of Happiness and Comin Oot in the Wash) as well as a joint anthology (Running Threads) and audio book (Lip Synch) from the Makar Press, a poetry collective she helped set up.  You can read more of her work at As well as her poetry, she is currently writing a lot about learning skills for children for the company she has started with her husband:  

The Future Isn't Set - presented by Matt Adcock


What do you get when you put three writers of speculative fiction into a studio and ask them to discuss their work and that of similar writers? Expand your universe by listening in to Matt Adcock, author of Complete Darkness, Owen W Knight, author of Another Life and Nicholas Fearn as they explore the outer limits of sci-fi and beyond.

Episode Five.

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