A bumper Summer crop!

For reasons of a technical nature best left unexplained (as we’d only get cross again) there hasn’t been much activity on this webpage recently.

But now we’re back! and here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened in the interim.

Steve and Paul recorded two live episodes of WE’D LIKE A WORD in the beautiful cottage in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, in which John Milton created Paradise Lost during his self-imposed exile from London to escape the Black Death.

Milton’s Cottage

In the first show (click here to listen) their guest was Rachael Blok, author of thrillers Under the Ice, The Scorched Earth, Into the Fire and The Fall. That last title heavily referenced John Milton and the angel Lucifer’s fall from Heaven. It was a fascinating discussion about good and evil, redemption and punishment and the live audience very much appreciated it.

Stevyn (l) and Paul (r) with Rachael who is sitting in the actual chair from which the blind Milton dictated his great work.

The second live show (click here) was a frank, interesting and sometimes very amusing discussion about the nature of evil with cult horror writer Will Carver, author of such books as Nothing Important Happened Today, Hinton Hollow Death Trip, Psychopaths Anonymous and The Beresford. Once again, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the chat.

Stevyn, Will and Paul

Then, as if if this were not enough, the chaps celebrated National Independent Bookshop Week with a visit to the wonderful Chorleywood Books and had a chat with the owner, Sheryl Surville, and with multi-bestselling author Conn Iggulden – the only person (to date) to simultaneously have a #1 book in both the fiction and non-fiction charts. You can listen to the minisode here.

Paul, Conn and Sheryl

Also featured on this third show are authors Ivy Ngeow and Vaseem Khan, both prizewinners and talented writers. They talk about their favourite indie bookshops too … but if you want to know more about them you’ll have to wait until the next full podcast episode when they will be in the studio to discuss short story anthologies and collections.

Coming soon!


We’d Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books – fiction & non-fiction. We go out on iTunes, Spotify and many other radio & podcast platforms but you can click here to hear the podcast on our hosting site, Anchor.

We’re on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is [email protected] (Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes). We like to hear from you – questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you’d like to come on We’d Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you’re still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings by Stevyn Colgan.