DiscoverThe Dead Ladies ShowPodcast #57: Angela Carter
Podcast #57: Angela Carter

Podcast #57: Angela Carter

Update: 2022-11-16


To kick off Season 6 of our podcast, writer Leon Craig brings us the story of award-winning English author Angela Carter. Known for her feminist, gothic, and erotic sensibilities and for re-inventing folk and fairy tales with her now seminal collection The Bloody Chamber, Carter’s life had quite a few plot twists of its own. In her 51 years she wrote nine novels, five short story collections, several children’s books, and countless essays and articles. She also collected quite a few lovers after awakening from a stifling marriage, harvesting them first from her social circle and friends’ husbands, then later more randomly during her two years living in Japan. Shortly after her death from cancer, Angela Carter received a strong wave of recognition, and her writing is now taught to generations of British school kids.

Our presenter Leon Craig has received more than a few comparisons to Carter for her own debut story collection, Parallel Hells, which is now out in paperback from Sceptre Books. At the White Review, you can read that collection’s “Lick the Dust,” which was selected for Best British Short Stories 2022 . Leon can be found at and on Twitter @Leon_c_c.

This episode, DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer/host Susan Stone to introduce the episode and talk more about writers Carter and Craig.

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Also available on SpotifyApple PodcastsRadioPublicPocket CastsStitcherGoogle Podcasts, and Acast. You can download the transcript, created by Annie Musgrove, here.

Show notes:

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Angela Carter, from the Fay Godwin Archive at the British Library</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">“‘A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster. Her freedom will be a condition of personal privilege that deprives those on which she exercises it of her own freedom. The most extreme kind of this deprivation is murder. These women murder.” from Angela Carter’s iconic collection of essays</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Crescent where Angela was bored in Brighton.</figcaption></figure>

<figure class="aligncenter size-large"><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Angelas favorite pub in Bristol: the Greyhound</figcaption></figure>

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Podcast #57: Angela Carter

Podcast #57: Angela Carter