“Humour is not at all a shallow register or whatever but quite the opposite, it’s actually a really important mode of survival for many of us,” says author Isabel Waidner, on allowing for moments of joy in their fiction writing. Talking with associate editor Jared Davis about class politics, the novel as a form, and queer life in the UK for AQNB’s bi-monthly Artist Statement podcast, this latest episode with Waidner is available exclusively to subscribers of our Patreon.
Moving to London from Germany in the mid-nineties, Waidner is the author of three novels, and presents This Isn’t a Dream, an online conversation series with writers hosted by London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Their most recent book, Sterling Karat Gold, published by Peninsula Press earlier in the year, was the winner of the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize. Waidner called in to discuss topics ranging from race and the migrant experience in the UK, as well as London’s unique queer culture.
Changing the Narrative is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Terre Thaemlitz, Sam Rolfes, Rhea Dillon, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**