New episodes up! Blogger in disgrace.

Ok, so I’m seriously going to have to get back into updating this blog.  Things have been pretty busy and good in some ways recently and pretty heavy and bad in other ways.  Ah, don’t worry about it.

So since the Fey, Greys and Shades we’ve been to the Festival In The Shire and recorded a few interviews (Middle Earth Special Part 1), put out a Chapter 8 (Middle Earth Special Part 2) discussing Tolkien’s work and various adaptations, we’ve done a pilot episode for a Scrolls Book Group podcast discussing Shirley Jackson’s utterly brilliant book We Have Always Lived In The Castle and finally we’ve also put out Chapter 9 – Book At Bogtime in the last week.

Oh yeah, we’ve been working – not shirking.

For the future we’re looking at pulling together an official press release to get the word out about our show a little more professionally, we’re currently starting to pull together a crossover Christmas Party Episode with the lads from fellow Geek Syndicate Network podcast ‘Dissecting Worlds’ (a show that is well worth the listen and can be reached from the same websites as Scrolls).

I’ve also just won a ticket to go to the MCM Expo in London over the Halloween weekend.  I’ll be wearing a Scrolls t-shirt so I’ll be easy enough to spot, and I’ll probably be hanging around with the cool dudes from Geek Syndicate Barry and Dave.  There may even be a surprise appearance from my wonderful co-host Mattie.  We’d love to meet you so come on over and introduce yourself if you’re also there.  Depending on scheduling and who is there I may be able to grab an interview or two for the next episode.

I’ve written it everywhere else so I may as well post it here too…

We have a competition on for somebody with talent to create a logo for Scrolls that can go up on i-tunes and various other places.  We also need a banner designed to go on our web-pages, this blog etc.  There will be prizes, including my prized hardback Alan Lee illustrated Lord of the Rings, so you won’t go unrewarded.  More prizes to be announced as we get closer to the deadline which is…

20th December.

So best get cracking, eh?

Finally, the Scrolls Book Group.  It’s not really working on the GS Forums as they are not as well populated as they used to be.  To try to bridge the gap and form a closer, more interactive bond with our audience we’ve decided to try to bring the group to a larger stage, a podcast in which any listener can nominate a book and then join us on air to discuss it in as much depth as they like.

Nominations can be simply e-mailed to us at and we’ll be in touch to set up a date for recording (with enough gap to make sure we’ve all read the damn thing first, of course).

Want to take part?  We look forward to hearing from you.


Published in: on 22/10/2010 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Chapter 7 Fey, Greys and Shades

Ah, er, erm, yes,

soooo, been a while.  Dammit, I keep forgetting to update this thing.  Bodes well?


Anyway, for those vast thronging masses that a: listen to us, b: read this blog but c: don’t regularly check out the Geek Syndicate website

(hi Adam)

Chapter 7: Fey, Greys and Shades is now up and available to listen to here.


Next episode will be Chapter 8: Everybody’s Tolkien At Me – covering the Festival At The Shire (attending… now-ish) and of course the whole Tolkien milieu including various adaptations, followed by Chapter 9: Book At Bogtime – a look at short stories and alternative toilet-friendly fiction.

Keep reading.

Published in: on 14/08/2010 at 8:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Sixy Beast

Chapter 6 is now up and available to listen to here.  Beware of Ewoks!

Published in: on 14/07/2010 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  

6 and counting

Long time since I’ve posted, sorry about that.  Lets see now, Chapter (Episode) 5 went without a hitch.  Fishfingers and Custard was the title, referring to the taste sensation discovered by Matt Smith’s Doctor in his debut performance in Doctor Who.  Odd combinations that just work being the premise behind our episode.  We’ve become a lot more confident over time and I think this episode demonstrates that in being by far our most relaxed and randomly wandering show yet.  We had a whale of a time recording it and I had really very minimal editing to do to get it from raw recording to internet-ready podcast.  We’re by no means Gods-of-Pod material yet but we’ve achieved stability, regularity and entertainment for both ourselves and the listeners (I hope.)

The Chapter format seems to be working well and ideas continue to flow for future episodes.  The best thing about basing the shows around themes rather than specific authors or books is that it frees us up to stretch the boundaries and bring in books that we wouldn’t necessarilly have thought of discussing otherwise.  This keeps it fresh and interesting for all of us as we never quite know where the conversation will go next.

The next Chapter is being recorded tonight – Chapter 6: Funny Stuff.  We’ll be looking at writing that has amused us from the darkly humerous to the outright comedic (and possibly taking in the laughably bad along the way).  All this is of course building up our back catalogue which is available on i-Tunes in with all the other Geek Syndicate podcasts under their network.

My stomach kind of flips when I see how long some of these shows have been running.  I’ve just started listening to Quiet! Panelologists At Work.  They got to 75 episodes and seem to have been comedy geniuses from the start.  GS itself has done nearly a hundred more than that and continues to grow and stretch.  Quite an act to follow.  I’m finding it best to just concentrate on doing one show at a time and enjoying myself whilst doing it.  Each episode I’m trying to improve on the last and gradually build something that is strong and entertaining on all fronts but also professional and engaging to a growing audience.

We now have a proper theme tune debuting in Chapter 6.  A band Clover and i fell in love with in our university days has itself been growing and changing, and is currently living and working in the USA.  We knew them when they were The Dharmas.  They had a single on the Chart Show back in the day.  They then became Steadman and released two albums and had a rave review from Paul McCartney.  Now they are London To Tokyo and at work on a new album.  I’ve had permission from singer Simon Steadman to use a couple of his tracks from the Steadman days for our intro/outro music and I couldn’t be more chuffed.

If you like the music (or are quick off the mark and want to hear the tunes before Chapter 6 even comes out) you can get all their songs and albums here for FREE.  The songs we’ve used are Life Of Leisure and Cut Me Loose from the album Loser Friendly.  Also check out the London To Tokyo site here for their latest material.  It’s all great.  Smiley smiley time!

Dion (he of the newly shaven bonce, poorly fitting tracksuit bottoms and a growing addiction to the Angry Birds application on i-touch.)

Published in: on 06/06/2010 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Episode 2: A New Format

Ok folks, here’s Scrolls Episode 2 for your listening pleasure.

It comes with our sincere apologies – not for the content, you understand (we like that) but for the huge delay in getting it out to you.  Gremlins.  Let’s just leave it at that.

In an effort to cater to our lunch-time listeners we are trialling a new bite-sized Chapter format:-

Episode 2: ‘Believe The Hype’

Prologue – in which a new cast member is added, Nigella Lawson is deemed problematical and things are said that may upset one’s mother.

Chapter 1 – in which, despite proverbial advice, books are indeed judged by their covers and someone is revealed to have eaten cat food.

Chapter 2 – in which the nature of the Anti-hero is explained and explored to some depth, with reference to a multitude of books.

Chapter 3 – in which our cast, thoroughly exhausted, whiffle on endlessly about a variety of monsters in adapted genre fiction.

Epilogue – in which all is brought to a satisfactory end, and some heavy-handed hints are dropped regarding the Scrolls Book Group.

We hope you enjoy it.


Published in: on 22/03/2010 at 9:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Scrolls Episode 0 ‘We All Have To Start Somewhere’

Here is the pilot episode of Scrolls, the podcast for literary geekdom.

The team first explores some of the influences that got us interested in fantasy, sci-fi and horror back in the day.   We then roll an eye over the books we’ve been reading most recently, before beginning the first of our (soon to be legendary) discussions about the vast flood of literary adaptations out there.  Finally we share some of the books we feel compelled to come back to again and again.

Amongst it all we wander between swearing monkeys, dead wasps and the joyously camp fifth ghostbuster.  We ponder deep mysteries such as the genre placement of Muppet Treasure Island and just how easy it would be to get a can of coke in Mordor.  We also discover which member of the cast cheated at Fighting Fantasy,which one rates The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a formative piece of genre fiction and who thinks there’s just something special about a pangolin.

Warning – contains some mild swearing and self indulgence.  The nuts are implicit.

The sound quality is variable, but improves as it goes on.

We hope you enjoy it.


Published in: on 09/01/2010 at 7:55 pm  Leave a Comment