In our latest episode, Lauren and Amanda talk about where we’ve been and where we’re going, and Lauren calls up Jenn Wasner (Flock Of Dimes / Wye Oak) about post-tour blues, the election and what we can do now:

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SPINE // Reads Of The Year


Laura Waddell writes the latest article in our SPINE series, a regular book club feature for TYCI, this time asking friends, colleagues and literature junkies about their favourite books of 2016.

At this time of year, Reads of the Year lists are popping up in media outlets all over the place, filled with authors, journalists and broadcasters on what they’ve enjoyed most in 2016. Unfortunately, these lists all too often reflect subconscious bias, with some of them seeing male contributors recommend other men in 75% of their picks. I’m tired of Reads of the Year lists filled with men recommending men. To redress the balance and shake things up a bit, I’ve curated my own light hearted Reads of the Year list for TYCI, inviting friends likely to have fun and interesting suggestions to share their tips on their favourite writing by women in 2016.

For me, a few books stood out above the rest, and I’ve written about most of them in this column. From the cocktail-stick-sharp short stories by debut writer Lara Williams in the zeitgeist capturing collection Treats, to non-fiction Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City looking at artists inspired by alienation in the big city. Some of my favourite novels of the year were set in recent history, such as Bella Mia by Donatella di Pietrantonio (translated by Franca Scurti Simpson), following the emotional aftermath of families displaced by the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy with tender and well paced prose, The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride steeped in 90s London, theatre, and love, probably my most eagerly anticipated publication of the year (my tear-stained copy didn’t disappoint); and in Han Kang’s follow-up to the success of The Vegetarian with Human Acts (translated by Deborah Smith), on the 1980 Gwangju uprising of South Korea. It may have been a challenging year for many but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it has also been a year that has brought us bold and original writing.

Regular readers of my SPINE column know that I’m just as likely to be reading something brand new as a book from a few years ago: reading habits don’t always follow the publishing calendar, and the same is true of my contributors. I asked for what they’ve most enjoyed and there are some brilliant sounding suggestions in here.


ICYMI: Latest podcast out now


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The gang will be back on Subcity next month.

Listen Again: Xmas TYCI on Subcity


You can now listen again to Stacey and
Amanda’s final show of 2015, celebrating a great year of TYCI and all things festive, of course.

We’ll be taking a break in January but will be back on Subcity in February 2016.

Listen Again: TYCI On Subcity


Stacey and Amanda were in Subcity last week to play some tunes and shoot the shit and you can LISTEN AGAIN ONLINE NOW. We’ll be back on Subcity from 5-7pm on Thursday 15 October.

Listen Again: TYCI on Subcity


Stacey and Amanda were in Subcity last week to play some tunes and shoot the shit and you can LISTEN AGAIN ONLINE NOW. We’ll be back on Subcity from 5-7pm on Thursday 17 September.

TYCI Podcast: August 2015


This month’s TYCI podcast is brought to you by Lauren and Amanda on a train to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Listen Again: TYCI on Subcity


Our latest Subcity episode is now available to listen again online! Stacey and Amanda talk about the Amy Winehouse documentary and play music from the likes of Roisin Murphy, Martha Ffion, Kelly Lee Owens and Pixx.

We’ll be back on Subcity on Thursday 20 August from 5 – 7pm.

TYCI Podcast: June 2015