bare fruits Explicit

by Rosie Haward and Georgie Sinclair

bare fruits is a monthly-ish conversation about queer literature, hosted by Rosie Haward and Georgie Sinclair. In each episode we foray into the lives and loves of our favourite characters, a book's themes, ideas, and the writing itself. Then we conclude with a segment on TV, where we gossip about the shows we’ve been watching.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Sterling Karat Gold by Isabel Waidner


    Sterling Karat Gold by Isabel Waidner


    In this episode, Rosie and Georgie discuss Sterling Karat Gold (Peninsula Press, 2021), the latest novel by Isabel Waidner. At its centre is the sweet and thoughtful Sterling, a young, queer migrant living in contemporary London as a cleaner and performer. As we follow the story of Sterling and their friend's persecution by the state, and their bold methods of resistance, a surreal and whirlwind tale involving footballers, time travel, and bullfighters unfolds. Listen to us talk about the novel’s rich web of visual and textual references and its whip-smart prose, and how Waidner offers humour, creativity and joy as a counter to the sinister machinations of the ruling classes. We finish with a highly irrelevant, meandering conversation about UK Love Island 2022 (ITV), about three months too late…no hot takes here. Links Follow us on Instagram: @barefruitspodcast Buy Sterling Karat Gold: Mentions Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925, Verlag Die Schmiede) Camille Roy, Honey Mine. Eds. Lauren Levin & Eric Smeathen (2017, Nightboat Books) The Justin Campaign: Interview with Waidner in the Guardian: The Beach Boys, Smiley Smile (1967, Brother Records) Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-1515 Fantastic Toiles: The Crucifixion of Christ, Anonymous, 1350 Love Island (2022, ITV

  • Honey Mine by Camille Roy


    Honey Mine by Camille Roy


    In this episode, Rosie and Georgie discuss Honey Mine (eds. Lauren Levin & Eric Sneathen, Nightboat Books, 2021), a collection of coming-of-age stories by lesbian writer Camille Roy. Stacking together memoir, fiction, essay, pulp techniques, and lyrical prose, Roy tells a multifaceted tale of growing up working-class and lesbian in 1980s(ish) midwest America. Throughout the collection, we encounter a young Camille navigating life on the fringes of society alongside a vast web of unusual characters. It’s a beautiful and challenging book, full of incredible wisdoms on experimental writing and form, and we are excited to share our thoughts with you all! Hear us discuss New Narrative writing, getting lost in Roy’s delicious prose, lesbian sexuality in writing, ETC. before ending with some nonsensical chatter about the TV show Sex, Love and Goop (Netflix, 2021). Yeah, you guessed it, we fell for Gwyneth Paltrow... listen to us babble about her latest media ploy with her controversial wellness brand, Goop. Content warning for sexual assault/trauma: 34.53 - 39.45 mins Links Follow us on Instagram: @bare_fruits_podcast Buy Honey Mine: Mentions Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian eds., Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (2017, Nightboat Books) Lydia Davis, Essays One, Fragmentary or Unfinished (2019, Macmillan) Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality and Lesbian Public Cultures (2003, Duke University Press) - We didn’t mention the full title in the show, sorry! Sex, Love and Goop (2021, Netflix)

  • Darryl by Jackie Ess


    Darryl by Jackie Ess


    In this episode, Rosie and Georgie chat about Jackie Ess’s debut novel Darryl, which came out with Clash Books in 2021. Darryl is about a man called Darryl Cook, a forty-something white guy who lives off his inheritance with his wife in Oregon, and proudly identifies as a cuck. Throughout the novel, we follow Darryl’s earnest and unfiltered musings through a succession of succinct diary-like entries. As the story evolves, so does he, and through his encounters with others in the cuckolding lifestyle, Darryl embarks on a turbulent journey of both self-discovery and self-destruction. In the episode, we discuss the voice of Darryl, incels, Darryl's masochistic tendencies, and his relationship to his masculinity, sexuality and gender, before ending with a segment on TV, where we gossip about the latest season of the L Word: Generation Q. Links Follow us on Instagram: @bare_fruits_podcast Buy Darryl: Mentions Donald Winicott, ‘Fear of Breakdown’ (1974, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis) Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (2016, Graywolf Press) Andrea Long Chu, Females (2020, Verso) Amia Srinivasan, The Right To Sex (2021, Bloomsbury) David Futrelle, ‘Incels love to call others “cucks,” but some of them are now claiming the label for themselves’, on We Hunted The Mammoth (2020) Imogen Binnie, Nevada (2013, Topside Press) – NOT Casey Plett as referenced in the episode!