The Failing Writers Podcast

The Failing Writers Podcast

A podcast for anyone who ever dreamed of becoming a writer...then went and put the kettle on instead

Recent Episodes

Oct. 25, 2021

27: Children's Author Adam Bushnell

Crazy kids names, rejection, tortoises - that's what writing for children and inspiring them to develop a passion for reading and…

Episode page
Oct. 18, 2021

26: The Brainstorm Ideagasm

Thinking. It's hard. And this week we prove it. Join us at the start of a journey of creation. Like the big bang... but probably …

Episode page
Oct. 11, 2021

25: Interview with writer and illustrator Jason Cockcroft... and our …

We welcome super talented (and all round super nice chap) writer and illustrator Jason Cockcroft on to the podcast to talk about …

Episode page
Oct. 4, 2021

24: Halloween flash fiction contest - plus Tim Craig's tip-top top ti…

It's here and we want you to be part of it! Our £100 Halloween flash fiction contest is now open! Just listen to this episode to …

Episode page
Sept. 27, 2021

23: Rosie Wilby, a writer's room zoom AND A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

This week we've got a big announcement, a great interview with Rosie Wilby, author of The Breakup Monologues, and there's also a …

Episode page
Sept. 20, 2021

22: A (not so) mystery guest special!

This week we yet again prove we couldn't arrange an over consumption of alcoholic beverages in a place that makes alcoholic bever…

Episode page

Recent Blog Posts

Holy cow! It's drawing time

Some people respond well to being put under pressure. Some people fold under the weight of it all. But ultimately, when it comes to a quick fire drawing …

It’s always happy hour at

Yep. Sometimes we actually do get around to popping a blog post on here! It’s not always easy to find the time to do so. Let’s face it, it ca…

Enter our Halloween flash fiction competition and win £100

The Failing Writers Podcast Halloween Flash Fiction Writing Competition. First prize £100 Win yourself a cash prize of £100 and the chance …

About the Hosts

Dave Baird


Dave used to be Head of Creative at the largest radio station outside of London, but he gave it all up to become a successful multi-millionaire writer. Fifteen years on, he's still yet to properly finish anything. Instead he does voiceovers, reading other peoples words for money. But the dream is still there..........just as far away as it ever was.

Jon Rand


By day, Jon Rand is a professional Voice Over Artiste. (Pronounced AR-TEEST or he gets quite testy) You’ll know his voice from the telly - He’s the bloke who sounds all serious, even potentially quite angry about wanting you to watch Keanu Reeves in Speed, Friday at 9, on Film 4.
By night however, Jon is an avid writer of fiction. The sort of fiction that almost no one will ever want to read. He also likes cycling, playing poker and eating food. Oh and dancing at weddings… but… most of his friends are married now, so… you know… he doesn’t get to do that very much.

Tom Turner


Tom was brought up by wolves in the foothills of the Pennines. This explains a lot.