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Lockdown Special #1 – April 2020

BookJam was streaming to you LIVE by Zoom at 8pm on Monday 13th April, and we heard from Will Hodgkinson, Anna Maconochie, Daniel Ruiz Tizon, Venetia Welby and Andrew Mueller. This special Lockdown edition featured a live music interlude with Morton Valance and was compered by our very own Zelda Rhiando.


Writer-broadcaster Daniel Ruiz Tizon’s 2013 radio series ‘The Letter’ was described in The Observer as ‘An Oddball Pleasure’. Since 2012, he has also presented the weekly radio/podcast show ‘Daniel Ruiz Tizon is Available’, in which he dissects the minutiae of everyday life. From indiscreet toilet layouts at work and poor rapports with excessively earnest colleagues upset with his refusal to participate in after work events, to winter coat duplications, mid-life dental challenges and the mysteriously altering age of his aunt, Spanish Kanu, it’s all there. And it’s all about him. Today he’ll be sharing his lockdown diary with us.


 Anna Maconochie is a fiction writer who has had stories published in the Erotic Review, the Dublin Review, the Wells Street Journal and the Bitter Oleander. Her debut collection, ONLY THE VISIBLE CAN VANISH came out in 2016 with Cultured Llama Publishing. She has also had a short story published in Desire: 100 of Literature’s Sexiest Stories, chosen and edited by Mariella Frostrup & the Erotic Review.

@annamaconochie |



Will Hodgkinson is the author of Guitar Man, Song Man, The Ballad of Britain and The House Is Full Of Yogis. His latest book, Roof Dog: A Short History of the Windmill, came about after he got involved in taking a handful of Windmill bands out to the Texas music industry festival SXSW. Coronavirus put paid to that, but Nina Hervé of Rough Trade Books heard about the project and suggested a book on the history of the iconic Brixton venue. Will then asked his teenage son Otto to draw the illustrations and Roof Dog was born. Will is chief rock & pop critic of The Times, and he lives with his family in Peckham.





Morton Valence (aka Black Angel Drifter and Florida) are a London-based rock band based around the vocal pairing of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Robert ‘Hacker’ Jessett (ex-member of The Band of Holy Joy and Alabama 3) and Anne Gilpin.





Venetia Welby is a writer and international tutor. Her debut novel Mother of Darkness was published by Quartet Books in 2017, and she is currently working on a second, Dreamtime, set around the US military bases of Okinawa, Japan. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The London Magazine, Review 31 and La Revista, among others. She lives in Bow, London with her husband, son and Bengal cat.

Night Is Our Mother/ | Twitter: @venwelby | Insta: @vvwelby



Carn by Andrew MuellerAndrew Mueller is a contributing editor at Monocle, and presenter of Monocle 24’s award-winning “The Foreign Desk”, among other programmes. He has reported from more than 80 countries. His latest book, “Carn: The Game And The Country That Plays It” is an episodic history of Australian Rules football which will make no sense at all to anyone outside Australia. He cannot stress sufficiently, however, that his three previous books address more universal themes are remain freely available in the United Kingdom.

@andrew_mueller | Carn: The Game, and the Country that Plays it







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