The Write Songs is back on Radio Reverb with the songs behind the books, this time by some of Britain’s most successful food writers. In a spin on the Desert Island Discs and Paperback Writers’ ‘chat and play’ formula, food journalist and podcaster, Gilly Smith explores with her guests the songs that made their books sing.
‘It’s about looking at the process of writing, listening to the songs my guests listen to while they’re writing, that transport them to where they take us in their books. Our sponsors at City Books are curating a reading list around the themes which come up in each episode, so it’s a must for book fans.’
Over eight weeks, Gilly takes us to the homes of The Observer’s Rising Star of 2015, Ukrainian food writer Olia Hercules and James Beard award winner, Diana Henry; we travel to River Cottage to meet Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s deputy, Stephen Lamb; to Dartington Hall to meet TV’s Urban Chef, Oliver Rowe and to Soho’s Quo Vadis to meet cocktail queen, Kay Plunkett-Hogge. Plus, Italian food writer, Valentina Harris and ambassador of Pakistani cooking, Sumayya Usmani and finalist in the Jane Grigson Trust New Food Writer Awards, Skye McAlpine take us back to their exotic childhoods through the music that still sings through their books.
Gilly Smith is a food journalist and podcaster. She produces and presents the delicious podcast for delicious. magazine which was nominated alongside Radio 4’s The Food Programme and The Kitchen Cabinet for the Fortnum and Mason Best Food Programme or Podcast award last year. The podcast, which has featured Gilly’s interviews with Nigella, Jamie Oliver and Dawn French among many others, has topped the iTunes food podcast charts twice. This is her third series for Radio Reverb; her first, Jaibli Salaam won a Community Radio Award for the stories it told with Brighton’s Syrian community through their memories of food and music from the old country. Her previous series of The Write Songs have featured some of Brighton’s best-known fiction writers including bestsellers, William Shaw and Julia Crouch.