Cakes & Ale Episode 26: The Shapeshifting Detective – chat with D’Avekki studios

Join us as we talk all about The Shapeshifting Detective, the latest FMV game from D’Avekki Studios, with the brains behind the game, Tim and Lynda Cowles. The Shapeshifting Detective places you in the shoes of ‘Sam’, a being with the ability to morph into anyone they meet, on the trail of a murderer in the mysterious town of August. A trio of tarot readers seem to have predicted the murder before it happened. But why are they here? And who in this strange town can be trusted, when everyone is hiding a secret?

We’re also joined by two of the wonderful cast members of the game, Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler who plays Bronwyn Castle, the leader of the tarot readers, and Rupert Booth, who plays local police chief Dupont, to discuss what it’s like acting in FMV games.

Direct download: Episode 26

D’Avekki Studios broke the FMV Guiness World Record with their previous game, The Infections Madness of Doctor Dekker, and return now with a spooky murder mystery in which the player can unlock the hidden truths of characters by asking the right questions while posing as the right people. Tim and Lynda explain how such a labyrinthine game comes together from the original concept to the game design and ultimately the film shoot. You can follow D’Avekki on Twitter and YouTube to find out more and hear about their upcoming plans, and you can also follow Tim and Lynda themselves and the game’s publisher, Wales Interactive.

Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler is an actress and broadcaster who hosts shows on BarcelonaCity FM every Friday and Saturday. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Rupert Booth is an actor and writer who will be known to listeners of The Tally Ho as a passionate fan of The Prisoner and author of the Patrick McGoohan biography Not a Number. You can find him on Twitter, and catch his previous appearances on the podcast taking about Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Fall Out.

Lynda’s tarot book The Tarot Playbook: 78 Novel Ways to Connect With Your Cards is published by Schiffer Publishing.

The Shapeshifting Detective is out now on Steam for PC/Mac, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and XBox.

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Episode 25 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi


We dissect the latest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi! Join us as we discuss the things we like about it, the things we don’t, and where the franchise might go from here. We are joined by friend of the show Dave Riley who also reveals his favourite films of 2017.

Direct download: Episode 25

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Episode 24 – Cakes & Ale Anniversary!

Happy Birthday to us! Time for Cakes and Ale has been rambling on about stuff we love for a whole year now, so we put together this special anniversary episode all about the past 12 months.

We talk a little about what it was like to start a podcast from nothing, what we learned along the way, and what our plans are for the future of Time for Cakes and Ale, Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee and The Tally Ho.

We also hand out some honorary end-of-year prizes to our favourite things from 2017. Let us know what your picks would be by getting in touch on Twitter and Facebook!

Direct download: Episode 24

Episode 23 – An Interview with Cherry Potts

This week we are joined by Cherry Potts, author and founder of Arachne Press.

Cherry is the author of fantasy novel The Dowry Blade and the short story collection Mosaic of Air. Her work is often inspired by myth and fairy tales, while exploring the politics and humour found in everyday lesbian life. She is also a visiting lecturer at City University teaching creative writing.

Arachne Press was founded in 2012 and has published many YA and poetry titles as well as non-fiction and anthologies, including three collections of stories performed by Liars’ League. Arachne Press has also been at the forefront of live storytelling, running The Story Sessions events around London, and the annual midwinter Solstice Shorts festival which is branching out around the UK in December 2017.

Direct download: Episode 23

You can find our more about Cherry and her work on her website and Arachne Press at where details of upcoming events can also be found.

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Episode 22 – An Interview with Michael Cobley

This week we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy author Michael Cobley.

Mike is the author of the Humanity’s Fire space opera series and the Shadowkings epic fantasy trilogy. He is also the author of many short stories including the collection Iron Mosaic. We talked to Mike about his long career as a writer, current projects and his advice for new writers.

Direct download: Episode 22

You can find our more about Mike and his work on his website.

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Episode 21 – An Interview with Donna Scott

This week we are joined by author, editor, stand-up comedian and Chair of the British Science Fiction Association, Donna Scott.

Donna is a professional editor who has worked with many SF and Fantasy authors including the legendary Alan Moore. Her short fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and she has been given the official title of the first ‘Bard of Northampton’. In addition to her stand-up comedy she is also involved in Arts Lab Northampton and in campaigns to save local libraries from closure.

Direct download: Episode 21

You can find our more about Donna and her work on her website. Click here to learn more about the campaign for Northamptonshire libraries.

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Episode 20 – An Interview with Chris Beckett

Award-winning science fiction author Chris Beckett joined us to talk about his work.

Chris is the author of six novels and dozens of short stories in a career spanning more than 25 years. His novel Dark Eden was the winner of the 2013 Clarke award, while his short fiction collection The Turing Test won the prestigious Edge Hill prize.

Direct download: Episode 20

Chris spoke to us about his inspiration, his writing process, and the ideas behind his new novel America City which is out on 2 November.

You can find our more about Chris and his work on his website here.

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Episode 19 – NaNoWriMo 2017

Before NaNoWriMo 2017 kicks off, we are joined by Cambridge Municipal Liaison Ian Rennie to talk all about the annual 50k novel writing challenge.

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, sees hundreds of thousands of people all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. Participation is free and open to anyone who wants to spend the month writing.

Local groups organise everything from online morale-boosting chats to in-person write-ins at cafes, libraries and venues all around the globe. ‘Cambridge Wrimos’ is the local Cambridge group for participation in NaNoWriMo, setting up planning events, social events and parties before, during, and after November, which Ian helps to organise and run.

Ian fills us in on what it’s like to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge, and why it’s so much fun to get involved. He also gives some tips for anyone thinking of taking part for 2017.

Direct download: Episode 19

Ian himself is a published writer of several short stories, and you can find out more about his work on his website.

Both Ian and Becks will be attempting NaNo this year, so do seek them out on Twitter for encouragement and advice if you want to join us and scores of others writing a novel this November!

Visit the NaNoWriMo official site!
The Cambridge regional forum is here and Cambridge Wrimos can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 18 – Small Press Day

We’re celebrating Small Press Day on 8 July by interviewing the people behind some of our favourite small press publishers.

We spoke with Mark Toner, co-founder and art director of Shoreline of Infinity about running a genre magazine and putting on live sci-fi cabaret events. We met up with Ian Whates, founder and editor at NewCon Press to talk about how he went from publishing a single anthology to building a small press that plays a vital role in giving a voice to new talent. And we chatted with Nigel Twumasi, co-founder of British Manga brand Mayamada to hear how a university t-shirt enterprise between friends gave rise to a whole universe of characters and stories.

Happy Small Press Day!

Direct download: Episode 18

On a related note, check out recent post on where to find genre SF&F short fiction here which features information about several fanastic small press publishers.

Episode 17 – You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman!

Taking a break from all that cherry pie & coffee. It’s time for some cakes and ale… and ice cream! Wonder Woman has just opened and it is a magnificent movie. Join us as we review the film and talk about how it might be just the course-correction the DC movie universe needs.

We’d also like to tell Patty Jenkins that much like the ice cream vendor at King’s Cross, she should be very proud! Contains mild spoilers.

Direct download: Episode 17