Better the Devil’s Cub you know…

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This week, bass player and teacher, Khalid Ham, joins us to talk about one of Heyer’s most popular books: Devil’s Cub. As he’s the same age as Vidal, Sara-Mae quizzes him on the similarities between himself and the hot-headed hero.

Plus, we journey to 1920s Africa, as Georgette and Ronald visit Tanganyika on one of Ronald’s ill-fated mining excursions. As a rhino crashes into camp, Georgette rushes into the danger zone…

Our fantastic voice talent includes Sarah Golding (sites.gravyforthebrain.com/website/sarahofgolding/), Helen Davidge and Karim Kronfli (podchaser.com/creators/karim-kronfli-107ZzkFiMb).

Suzy Buttress’ brilliant pod is The Casual Birder.

Join in the fun by checking out our book list here: https://fablegazers.wordpress.com/heyer-today-reading-list/

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Coming up…episode 5 featuring Jane Holland and Alison Bonami on Heyeroes and Heyeroines!

Episodes 1-3 of new pod Heyer Today is well and truly launched!

We’re so excited about our fab new podcast being out.

Not only did we release our amazing Stephen Fry interview as an early Xmas treat, we’ve now started releasing our eps on a weekly basis until mid way through the season (episode 12) when we’ll take a little break.

This week we talk to Emma Darwin. She’s the only author to be simultaneously listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book, AND the Romantic Novelist’s Association Book of the Year.

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Emma Darwin, our guest for episode 3

And she has one other small detail about her ancestry that people tend to fixate on… yes, she is Charles Darwin’s great-great granddaughter. But she’s so much more than that; an accomplished novelist and teacher, as well as a judge on several writing awards (the Crowns in particular).

So we were delighted to be able to chat to her about all manner of things relating to Heyer’s craft, how to write historical fiction and the importance of forgetting your research in order to make a story sing.

Join in the fun by checking out our book list here.

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Last week our first book club episode dropped, featuring our two potential Heyer lovers, and it was just as brilliant as we’d hoped, even though, alas, one of them was not converted. You’ll have to listen to find out which of these two gorgeous gals it was…

They joined me in reading one of Heyer’s best loved books: These Old Shades. Want to hear what we thought? Join our book club by checking out our reading list here.

Next week is another book club episode – we’re discussing Devil’s Cub – do read it so you can comment, and if you enjoy the pod, please RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE!

Love,

Sara-Mae

 

 

Episode 1 of Heyer Today feat. Stephen Fry… coming soon!

I know we’ve been very quiet the last 6 months. Sara-Mae and Beth have been hard at work getting the first 12 episodes completed before Sara-Mae has a real human baby…TMI? Perhaps, but with an indie podcast co. like ours, real life has a habit of intruding on our podcast development time!

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We cannot WAIT to share this awesome episode with you. It’ll be our very first episode of the season we’ve been crafting for over 4 years and episode 1 is an absolute banger.

Stephen Fry, our favourite national treasure, talks to us about his love of Georgette Heyer, the author who’s work we’ll be exploring over the series. Our roving conversation will also explore Regency history, his thoughts on why her books haven’t been made into films, Jane Austen and her oevre, and much more…

It’s a must for writers, cinephiles, Jane Austen lovers, Heyerites and anyone who loves history and literature.

Look out for it on December 20 – we’re hoping to release the trailer and episode 1 before Chrimbo, so you can gorge yourself on Mr Fry’s dulcet tones, while glugging ALL the egg nog.

Why not join our book club? Ever second week we’ll be trying to convert a Heyer virgin to her work, so read along with us – here’s the reading list.

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Stephen Fry playing every character in all of the (as yet non-existent) Georgette Heyer movie adaptations…

 

The series has audio drama, extracts from her books, historical contextualisation… it’s a feast of Heyer facts and trivia, as well as a lot of highly intelligent people being witty.

 

Help make the debut episode a success by looking out for it in late December…

Lots of love,

Sara-Mae and Beth

Bonus episode part II: ‘Dark Sugar Digestif’

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“The potential for abuse, and the level of darkness on the [sugar dating] website(s) is much greater than you guys have seen.” – David

In part II of our bonus episodes featuring Hollywood film producer, David, we talk about effect of the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein, feminism, sex work and much more. Plus, David has some cracking stories about the sugar dates he’s been on, and continues to grill Ruby about dealing with shame, privacy and other issues.

Binge season 1 to hear Ruby’s story, in which producer Sara-Mae interviews her married BFF about her sugar dating adventures. Shocked about her BFFs choice to embrace an extremely alternative lifestyle, she follows her candid, sexy journey for two years – with all the ups and downs that come with it.

But where is Ruby now? And what is the tragic link she and David share?

Find these free bonus episodes by subscribing to Fable Gazers or looking up ‘The Sugar Baby Confessionals’ on any good pod player.

Don’t forget to rate and review our 2018 British Podcast Award winning season 1: The Sugar Baby Confessionals, as this helps to get our work out there.

Music used in this episode:

Nadine Khouri – https://www.nadinekhouri.com

Message to Bears – https://messagetobears.com

Laish – https://laishmusic.com

Ricky Damiani/Mock Deer – https://mockdeer.bandcamp.com

 

The Sugar Baby Confessionals is a Fable Gazers production.

 

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We’ve been featured in The Times Magazine ‘Top 10 Confessional Podcasts’

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We were so chuffed to be featured in The Times Magazine on Saturday (9 November).

Why not take a listen to our British Podcast Award winning series 1 season: The Sugar Baby Confessionals if you haven’t already. Binge the whole season to really enjoy the two brand new bonus episodes which we’re releasing over the next two weeks.

See what everyone’s talking about….

 

New bonus episode! Hollywood film producer tells all…

“I never had a problem meeting women in my whole life. I’m not being modest…I had matchmakers telling me ‘hey, you’re a Beverly hills producer who comes from a great family and is intelligent, handsome…let me set you up’. But I didn’t want that, I wasn’t ready for that.” – David

Our 2018 British Podcast Award winning season 1: The Sugar Baby Confessionals, has caught the attention of David, a real life Hollywood film producer… and also sugar daddy. Over the course of two bonus episodes, Ruby and Sara-Mae interview David about the LA sugar dating scene, mental health issues, the Harvey Weinstein effect, #MeToo movement and much more.

To get a fuller understanding, binge season 1 to hear Ruby’s story, in which producer Sara-Mae interviews her married BFF about her sugar dating adventures. Shocked about her BFFs choice to embrace an extremely alternative lifestyle, she follows her candid, sexy journey for two years – with all the ups and downs that come with it.

But where is Ruby now? And what is the tragic link she and David share?

Look out for these free bonus episodes by subscribing to Fable Gazers or looking up ‘The Sugar Baby Confessionals’ on any good pod player.

Check out this episode!

Second video featuring Helen as Georgette herself!

As mentioned before, we made three videos for our last campaign featuring the delightful Helen Davidge, who will also be playing a young Georgette in season 2: Heyer Today.

This was the second one and we still think she’s utterly charming in it. Ignore the mention of our season 1, as that’s complete – all our funds are going towards editing, producing and putting together our epic podcast all about Georgette Heyer.

We only need £145 to reach the halfway mark of our target, so really, any amount helps.

There are only 6 days left to donate…so do it now!

We hope you enjoy it!

xx

Sara-Mae

Season 2: Heyer Today sneak preview

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Help us raise the money to complete Fable Gazers season 2, which takes a deep dive into the life and work of Georgette Heyer, plus a book club, a cinematic investigation and amazing guests like Stephen Fry, Joanne Harris, Mary Jo Putney and more. 

Support us now! Go to our crowdfunding page here: https://igg.me/at/heyertodaypodcast/x/13375442#/

Music provided, with kind permission from Jerome Alexander of Message to Bears, Emma Gattrill and original theme tune composed by Sara-Mae Tuson and Tom Chadd.

Featured guests include:

Stephen Fry, biographer Jennifer Kloester, best-selling author Joanne Harris, film producer Andy Paterson, literary agent for Heyer’s estate, Peter Buckman. Also Geraldine Elliot, Jaclyn Greenstock, Aidan Truss, Jane Keehn and her book club.

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Come & hear our short audio piece live at East Cast Away!

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Come and hear our marvellous little audio piece ‘A Blind Bit of Difference’.

Travel writer and broadcaster Rob Crossan is going blind, so he takes a mental tour around London. Rich with the sounds of the city he loves, and full of his elegiac language, he savours the things he’ll miss when his sight deteriorates fully. With music composed by visually impaired artist, James Risden.

We’re exploring the idea of doing a longer podcast season around disability and navigating urban spaces, but in the meantime listen to this extract, which features Rob reading an article he wrote for the Evening Standard: ‘Burgers and bus brakes: that’s when I know I’m home’. Read it here.

Where: Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

When: 18/07/2019

Time: 7pm

 

 

 

Support our 2019 crowdfunder for season 2: Heyer Today

 

We’re so excited to be launching our Indiegogo campaign to help us complete our epic second season: Heyer Today.

This is another labour of love for senior producer, Sara-Mae Tuson, who has long been a mega fan of the author who’s life we’re exploring.

“Initially, I was looking for other podcasts about Regency romance queen Georgette Heyer – because I love her books. But I couldn’t find anything, which astounded me. That was three years ago now, and since then I’ve interviewed over 39 people, compiling hours of audio.”

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How are you going to make all that into something people will want to listen to?

“It’s a massive challenge [laughs] – I hope I’m up to it. It’s really important to me, because I’ve had so many people be so generous with their time and expertise. Stephen Fry, for example. He was only meant to talk to me for 15 minutes, instead of which, he chatted for an hour on diverse aspects of Heyer’s life and books. Peter Buckman the agent for her estate – he’s been incredibly kind too, and I’m so excited about the work he’s doing in adapting one of her books. And there are loads more wonderful people: Joanne Harris, Mary Jo Putney, Heyer’s biographer Jennifer Kloester, Susannah Fullerton and many more.”

So tell us about the campaign, what do you need the money for?

“I wish we didn’t need to ask for money, but alas, when you’re keen to offer a 24 episode season with original music, audio drama and a book club(!) for free, it means you have to depend on the generosity and support of your listeners and friends to help complete it. I have really high standards in terms of how good I want the podcast to sound, so the money raised will give me, and my friends who help me out, the time to edit, produce and finesse the podcast into something I think is really unique. I genuinely don’t think there’s anything else like this.”

What will donors get for their donations?

“We have a lovely selection of ‘perks’ – from first listens to the Stephen Fry episode, to bonus material from The Sugar Baby Confessionals, How to Start An Award Winning Podcast consultancy sessions with me to getting your name read in the credits. But really, the best thing is knowing you’re a part of the Fable Gazers team, helping our indie company to make beautiful, free ear-scapes.”

Want to help support Fable Gazers and be a part of our journey?

Donate now! 

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Join our book club and start reading the books on our list now.

Lots of love,

The Fable Gazers posse