UA-171643620-1 Chris Nickson Working Hours interview - Working Hours

Episode 15

Published on:

27th Jun 2022

Work is Writing

Chris Nickson recorded 17/05/2022

CONTENT WARNING there’s some discussion of (fictional) childhood abuse in this interview - nothing graphic - but I felt it was worth noting. I don’t have time codes on these yet so if you’re in any doubt please don’t listen and go through some of my back episodes instead. At some point there will be time codes.

Chris Nickson is an author and former journalist. At 21, he moved to the US, and spent the next 30 years there, returning to England in 2005, and finally full circle to Leeds. He’s made a living as a writer since 1994, initially as a music journalist, specialising in world and roots music.

His first novel, The Broken Token, came out in 2010, featuring Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds in the 1730s (there was a real Richard Nottingham, and that was his post, although it was probably largely ceremonial). The audio version of The Broken Token was one of the Independent on Sunday’s Audiobooks on the Year.

You can find out more about Chris at

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About the Podcast

Working Hours
The Story of Work in Leeds in the 2020s
What do you do?
Western Studios, Leeds presents Working Hours: a podcast series surveying the people of Leeds on their thoughts and feelings on the topic of work. I want to talk to my city about work. Why do we do it? Do we like it? What could we do differently? What will we? How does work change and how does it change us?
Leeds, the largest city in the largest county on the UK mainland, is a former imperial textile centre and is now a major UK financial centre. This series will document the city’s experiences through Lockdown, Brexit, creeping technological unemployment, new and continuing resource wars, the ongoing dismantling of the welfare state and our accelerating ecological emergency.
If you are in Leeds or from Leeds then help me to reach my target of interviewing 1000 Loiners over the 2020s. Let me ask you, what do you do?
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