The Writing Life Podcast

National Centre for Writing

In May 2023 I was invited by the National Centre for Writing to take part in a panel for the City of Literature Weekend as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Before the event I recorded an episode of The Writing Life Podcast with former CEO Chris Gribble.

This episode of The Writing Life Podcast was published on 23/10/2023 and you can listen to it here:

The Craft of Life Writing with Fiona Mason

We chatted about life writing, about my memoir 36 Hours and about life as a writer. Thanks to Chris for being a perfect host.

It was a great opportunity to share something of the journey from initial idea to publication of 36 Hours and to talk about the support I received from Arts Council England with a Developing Your Creative Practice award.

When There Are No Words: Loss and Hope

Birmingham Literature Festival 2023

On October 7th 2023, I joined fellow authors Christina Patterson (Outside, the Sky is Blue) and Alison Jean Lester (Absolutely Delicious) at Birmingham Rep for a panel event chaired by Toby Crowe, discussing our different approaches to writing about life before and after loss when no words feel adequate to the situation.

It was great to have another opportunity to bring 36 Hours before a wider audience and to champion the book’s central provocation: to have better conversations about death and dying in order that we can fully embrace the business of living!

Thanks to Birmingham Literature Festival for inviting the conversation.