In this episode I talk to the journalist and author, Amy Liptrot.
Amy grew up on Orkney before moving to London in her twenties to pursue a career as a music journalist. Her memoir The Outrun is an account of her alcoholism during this time, her recovery and the pull between the island and the city. The book won her the PEN Ackerley prize, the Wainwright prize, has been translated into fifteen languages, is a Sunday Times Bestseller, and is currently being made into a film starring Saoirsa Ronan.
But it wasn’t easy getting here. We talk about Amy’s initial career expectations, her writing process and her forthcoming book, The Instant, published on March 3rd 2022. We of course also manage to fit in talking about swimming outdoors and the full moon.
Amy is a friend and lives locally, so for our chat we decided to go on a walk through the fields to Amy’s favorite tree, accompanied by her youngest child, strapped to her back.
Welcome to episode two of On the Irregular, with lovely Amy’s dulcet tones against the backdrop of the West Yorkshire fields.
The Outrun is available to buy from all good bookshops, and The Instant is available for pre-order wherever you buy your books and will be published on the 3rd of March. You can also find Amy on instagram and twitter @amymayyyy.
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