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Geek Syndicate

In 2006, the Geek Syndicate was born. And who came roaring out but a pair of crazy-yet-loveable geeks by the names David “Monts” Monteith and Barry “Nuge” Nugent. Producing a weekly (well most of the time) podcast celebrating and commenting all aspects of geek life GS is one of the longest running geek related podcasts in the UK. It’s critically acclaimed, irreverent, touching, intellectual, nonsensical, fairly drunken, incredibly sexy, hilarious…er…and stuff.

May 6, 2013

Scrolls is dead. Long live Scrolls!

We've had a hell of a lot of fun burbling away about various topics over the last three years, but its time for a fresh start. The gang are all here still, and the focus of the podcast remains on our favourite genres of books but we've shifted format in an effort to become more listener friendly and provide you with more books worth reading. What does that mean? In a nutshell, we've split the programme into segments and gone out of our way to get contributions from a much wider group of people. Some features will be regular, others will drop in and out as the mood takes us, but our ever constant guide will be the love of and discussion about books. And cake. Obviously.

This first episode kicks off with a general round up of what we're Reading Right Now, including input from our Twitter followers. You can use the hash-tag #RRNow to contribute to this infrequent but ongoing conversation. It doesn't have to be an essay, just let us know what you're reading, who it's by and why you think other listeners would like to read it. Alternatively, if you'd like to submit a longer review, send it to and we'll read it out.

Next up is the Author Interview, in which Phil talks with dark fantasist and environmental horror supremo Joseph D'Lacey about his career - past, present and future. If you have an author you would like us to interview in the future, e-mail your suggestions to and we'll see what we can do.

We then unveil the results of our first Flash Fiction competition - a monthly challenge open to all-comers. The best three entries are read out, we discuss their merits and choose a winner. Listen out also for next month's challenge. Your deadline will be 8:30 pm, Thursday 16th May. The top three will be published on the Geek Syndicate website each month and the winner will receive a book. Need your fix more regularly? Pop along to Thrills, Kills 'n' Chaos or join Colleen Foley at the Prediction for weekly Flash fun.

After setting the next month's challenge, it's Author's Delight. Wolfblood creator and novelist Debbie Moon joins us briefly to share one of her all-time favourite reads. This will be another regular feature, highlighting the books that authors rate most highly. Next Episode we'll be joined by Adam Christopher. Any other authors out there who want to take part in future episodes, just e-mail us at or tweet @Dion_Scrolls

We wrap things up with The Big Debate. The team settle down to chew over the toughest of topics and try to get each other to swallow their arguments. It may be an exercise in futility, but we love wrangling with words almost as much as reading them. This'll likely be a fixture in every episode. If you have a topic you want to set us for the future then e-mail it to us at then stand well back.

More ways to interact! Scrolls now has a Skype answerphone set up, so if you want to contact us about any of the above topics, suggest new segments, have your own dulcet tone appear on the podcast or simply give us feedback, then call us at dion.winton.polak any time of day. It seems to work...
(Remember, the Editor is magic, so don't panic)

Love listening to Clover's laughter? Visit Stacey's Pop Culture Parlour where Clover is her latest guest. Between giggles they talk about a whole bunch of topics that are not book related and one or two that are.

Last, but not least, we welcome feedback in the Comments section, especially from people who have never been in touch before.

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