Cabin Fever Fables – an author podcast


Cabin Fever is real.

Since all book events are cancelled for the foreseeable future, we’ve decided to bring the books to you – via podcast.


Cabin Fever Fables is a space to share stories, spread calm and, if we can, even have a laugh. We’re challenging authors to read an extract that feels apt for the current coronavirus climate. Whether that’s daydreaming of nature with Jim Crumley, thinking about the power of the people with Chris Dolan or delving into the mind of a character who’s been thrust into isolation with Graeme Macrae Burnet, we’re hoping to provide a bit of light escape with good old storytelling.

The podcast is available on SoundCloud, Spotify and all your favourite apps, but here’s a taster below:


Graeme Macrae Burnet shares an extract from one of his books, and tells us how he’s passing the time as the more stringent isolation measures for Coronavirus social distancing are beginning to kick in. Graeme has chosen a scene from his Simenon-inspired novel The Accident on the A35, in which Chief Inspector Gorski is learning to adapt to living alone.



Chris Dolan and Moira Leven read from a forthcoming book by Chris, Everything Passes, Everything Remains, coming in September 2020. It’s a memoir about journeys through Spain, its history, culture and people – and the reading chimes in many ways with our current Coronavirus preoccupations. Chris and Moira also tell us, amongst other things, what’s on tonight’s menu, who they’d like to invite to eat with them, and what they’re reading to pass the time as social distancing curtails their usually gregarious lifestyle. Enjoy! And do look up Chris’s books, plays and other writing.



Nature writer Jim Crumley joins us for this episode and reads from The Nature of Spring, which was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week this time last year. It’s a real tonic to hear Jim’s words while Coronavirus restrictions prevent us getting outside ourselves into the Countryside, especially on this bank holiday weekend. What Jim lacks in the cooking inspiration, he more than makes up for with this scene of travelling to Mull on the ferry (enjoyable in itself) and then watching a sea eagle eyeing up its prey.


If you want to get involved in the podcast then please get in touch. And look out for our #CabinFeverFables bulletins on Twitter, where we share updates on our favourite community initiatives and advice on how to keep happy and healthy during this difficult time.