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The Extremis Publishing Podcast

Extremis Publishing is an independent publishing house based in Scotland, specialising in arts, media and culture non-fiction. Join us as we chat with our authors, talk about new books, and discuss all things writing. (Some episodes may contain adult language.)


“Making History” by Alan Baxter
Author Alan Baxter drops in for a chat about his book "Making History: My Life as a Scottish Metal Detectorist", where he discusses the many artefacts of cultural and historical significance he has discovered across Central Scotland during a hugely successful metal detecting career. For more information, please visit our website at:
21:11 5/2/24
Culture and Heritage in Stirling with Ken Thomson
Ken Thomson, a Trustee with Stirling District Tourism and a respected transport historian, joins us for a chat about the history and cultural heritage of the city of Stirling. Ken discusses exactly why Stirling became a significant location in Scotland before moving on to the many different ways in which its culture and significance are being celebrated in the present day by residents and visitors alike.
25:56 4/3/24
The Art of Book Illustration with Mary Moore
The North Pole Press's Mary Moore drops in for a chat about the importance of effective book illustration. A veteran illustrator of many titles, Mary takes part in a wide-ranging discussion about the many factors that make a book's design truly memorable, including the North Pole Press's award-winning and much-loved range of volumes for children. For more information about the North Pole Press, please visit their official website at:
24:44 3/6/24
“Insights to Kitchen Design” by James R.A. Herriot
Author and award-winning business professional James R.A. Herriot takes part in a discussion about his exciting new book "Insights to Kitchen Design," in which he talks about more than forty years of involvement in the interior design industry along with exploring the successes, the challenges, and what is still to come for the future of this fast-moving sector. For more information, please visit our website at:
26:05 2/6/24
Libraries, Literacy and Graphic Novels with Alex Tucker
Tennessean creative polymath Alex Tucker joins us for a lively and wide-ranging chat about the importance of libraries, the encouragement of literacy, and the art of the graphic novel. Discussing the changing role of public libraries across the world, Alex also delves into the question of what's coming next for writers and artists at a time of such fast-moving cultural change.
30:09 1/8/24
“Scotland’s Christmas” by Thomas A. Christie and Murray Cook
In this month's special festive edition of the Extremis Publishing Podcast, Santa Joe Moore of the North Pole Press Presents interviews Tom Christie and Murray Cook, authors of "Scotland's Christmas" - the first full-length account of the history and traditions of Christmas in Scotland ever to be published. The pair share some unexpected tales from past and present which might just surprise even the most ardent fan of Christmas. For more information, please visit our website at:
24:24 12/5/23
Stirling District Tourism with Tracey MacIntosh
Tracey MacIntosh, General Manager of Stirling District Tourism, drops by for a discussion about this remarkable organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and cultural heritage of the CIty of Stirling. Find out more about the many amazing events they have coming up over the months ahead.
19:44 11/2/23
Tinsel and Tartan with Lyndsey McDermott
Tinsel and Tartan is one of the most beloved Christmas retail destinations in Scotland, and is certainly a highlight for people visiting the city of Stirling where it is based - guests come from all over the world to see this amazing shop and its unique range of items. In this episode, owner Lyndsey McDermott discusses her business journey - and explains what it's like to keep the festive season alive all the year round!
19:50 10/4/23
Creative Veterans with Mark Wallace
Popular DJ Mark Wallace drops in for a chat about Creative Veterans Scotland, a group of like-minded veterans and their families who have a passion for arts and drama. Mark also discusses his work in community radio, and talks about how this halcyon medium is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the latest technology.
21:39 9/1/23
Jeeni with Mel Croucher
In this special extended episode, computing legend Mel Croucher takes part in a wide-ranging discussion about Jeeni, the pioneering ethical audio streaming platform that he founded which has since reached and entertained audiences all over the world. Mel also talks about creativity, artistic freedom, and his immense contribution to the home computer industry from its formative years through to the present day.
61:33 8/3/23
“The Robin Hood 500 Route” by Neil Hallam
Author Neil Hallam drops by for a chat about his new book, "The Robin Hood 500 Route". Neil's 500RH Route takes in some of the most beautiful places in England, and includes many historical sites of interest which relate to the legends surrounding Robin Hood. Neil talks about the inspiration behind this amazing road trip, discusses some of the fascinating places that people can explore when travelling it, and offers a few thoughts about Robin Hood's famous adventures around the area. For more information, please visit:
24:44 7/4/23
Forthgiving with Ellen Dickie and Nick Cooke
Forthgiving is a unique local charity offering support to people in crisis throughout the Forth Valley area. In this episode, Ellen Dickie and Nick Cooke discuss the long history of the organisation and talk about its important work in the present day, collaborating with groups throughout Stirlingshire, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire to provide support directly to individuals who find themselves in a situation of personal difficulty as well as to organisations supporting disadvantaged members of the community. For more information about Forthgiving, please visit their official website at:
29:56 6/1/23
“The Sabbatical” by James R.A. Herriot
In this episode, travel writer James R.A. Herriot - author of "The Sabbatical: A Year of Travel During the Pandemic" - has a chat about his amazing life of global journeys. He discusses the distinctive set of ideas which brought about his book of international travel memoirs, written during the pandemic when no-one was able to leave their homes, and reflects on the incredible experiences he has enjoyed across the world thus far. For more information, please visit:
24:08 5/2/23
Bannockburn House with Jim Bennett
Jim Bennett, outgoing CEO of the Bannockburn House Trust and social enterprise specialist, joins us for a chat about the amazing Bannockburn House - an historically-significant 17th Century mansion near Stirling which has been the location of many noteworthy cultural events over the years, and is now a unique venue which has become popular with visitors and filming crews alike.
24:30 4/3/23
Clootie McToot Dumplings with Michelle Maddox
The founder and owner of Clootie McToot Dumplings Ltd., Michelle Maddox, drops by for a discussion about her remarkable company - one of the most unique food businesses in all of Scotland. Michelle chats about the story behind Clootie McToot, her appearances on UK television, the very special children's book she has authored, and explains why her work has been so important in popularising this most culturally significant of Scottish dishes.
21:08 3/2/23
“Fast-Track to Property Millions” by Laurie Duncan, Alex Robertson and Conar Tracey
Property experts Laurie Duncan, Alex Robertson and Conar Tracey of the famous Real Estate Wealth Development Group - otherwise known as REWD Group - talk about their first book "Fast-Track to Property Millions": a guide to the strategies involved in developing and trading in property, with many reflections on their own incredible business journey. For more information, please visit:
24:13 2/7/23
Dundee Library Services with Neil Paterson
Neil Paterson - Outreach Services and Information Officer at Dundee Library Services - discusses the many activities taking place throughout Tayside to support local communities, bring people together, and promote language and literacy. Modern libraries are about so much more than lending books, and Neil explains how things have been developing since the pandemic in the Dundee area - with a range of new services that might just surprise you.
30:42 1/2/23
“A Totally Bodacious Nineties Christmas” by Thomas A. Christie
With the festive season fast approaching, Dr Tom Christie chats about his new book "A Totally Bodacious Nineties Christmas: Festive Cinema of the 1990s" with his long-time friend Joe Moore of the North Pole Press. Covering movie favourites of the nineties as well as many less-well-known yuletide features, Tom discusses what it was about this decade's Christmas films that made the era special for so many people. For more information, please visit:
30:48 12/5/22
“Stirling Legends” with David Mitchell and Tracey MacIntosh
Dr David Mitchell and Tracey MacIntosh, both contributors to the "Stirling Legends" anthology, drop by for a chat about this exciting new collection of writing about the unique people and places from Stirling's illustrious past, published in collaboration with Stirling District Tourism. For more information, please visit:
21:45 11/3/22
“The Bannock Burn” by Murray Cook and Ian McNeish
Dr Murray Cook, one of the authors of "The Bannock Burn: Journeys Along and Across the World's Most Famous Burn", discusses working with his friend and co-writer Ian McNeish on this exploration of the history and culture of this iconic Scottish burn and the impact it has had on the country over many centuries. For more information, please visit:
21:08 10/3/22
Reflections on the Edinburgh Fringe with Robert Murray
Playwright Robert Murray has a chat about the recent performances of his acclaimed stage drama The Spirit of Robbie Burns at the Edinburgh Fringe, explaining what it felt like to see his work come to life as part of that great international cultural showcase.
22:04 9/5/22
“Learning My Living” by Gaye Manwaring
Dr Gaye Manwaring drops by for a chat about her book "Learning My Living", which describes her lifetime of work in the rapidly-changing higher education sector. She discusses the many developments she witnessed in that time, from the evolution of information technology through to the way that people engage with universities and their courses. For more information, please visit:
22:12 8/4/22
“The Grocer’s Boy Gets Down to Business” by Robert Murray
Robert Murray has a chat about his book "The Grocer's Boy Gets Down to Business", discussing his many experiences of working in the retail distribution industry for more than thirty years. He describes his time in the employ of iconic Dundee company Watson & Philip, and talks about the wide-ranging changes in the UK business world between the 1970s and the early 2000s. For more information, please visit:
35:21 7/1/22
Modes of Writing with Joy Hendry
Noted anthropologist Professor Joy Hendry discusses the challenges of working with different modes of writing, exploring the ways in which academic texts, mainstream books and fiction writing all present their own particular range of strengths and complexities.
24:41 6/1/22
Writers Talk About Their Work with Julie Christie
Extremis Publishing co-director Julie Christie discusses the unconventional career path that led her into the world of publishing, as well as talking about her approach to writing.
20:07 5/4/22
Five Favourite TV Shows with Colin M. Barron
Author Dr Colin M. Barron reveals his five favourite TV shows - the television programmes which have most influenced him over the years, ranging from groundbreaking comedy to thrilling action adventures.
33:27 4/1/22
“Secrets and Mysteries of the Heart 200 Route” by Thomas A. Christie and Julie Christie
In this month's Extremis Publishing Podcast, Julie Christie and Tom Christie have a chat about their new Heart 200 road trip guide Secrets and Mysteries of the Heart 200 Route with Mike Dales, the communications director of Heart 200. Together, they discuss the enduring appeal of this epic journey around Stirlingshire and Perthshire as well as highlighting some of the more unusual and offbeat attractions to be found along the way. For more information, please visit:
28:20 3/2/22
“Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge” by Murray Cook
Stirling archaeologist Dr Murray Cook has a chat about his latest book, "Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge: Exploring Scotland's Two Greatest Battles", where he discusses the legacy of Scotland's Wars of Independence and the impact they had on the city of Stirling - an influence which can still be witnessed today on account of the many different historical sites and archaeological finds located throughout the area. For more information, please visit:
22:43 2/3/22
Burns Night Special
Robert Murray, author of "The Spirit of Robbie Burns", drops by for a discussion about Burns Night - the international celebration of the life of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, which takes place every 25th January. Literature, haggis, whisky and good humour are all on the agenda as Robbie explores the essential elements behind a great Burns Night event.
33:01 1/5/22
“A Very Spectrum Christmas” by Thomas A. Christie
In this festive episode, Tom Christie discusses his new retro gaming book "A Very Spectrum Christmas" with a very special guest from the North Pole. Christmas movies, festive pop culture and nostalgia are also explored in this wide-ranging chat about all things yuletide. For more information, please visit:
33:59 12/7/21