'I always had this sadness mixed with pity for men as a child. I remember thinking "it would be so much better to be a girl"'. Chris Gribble James McDermott talks to Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of National Centre for Writing, about gender, sexuality, and the opportunities and limitations of language.  MANTOR is hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner  For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see www.storymachineproductions.co.uk/portfolio/mantor-the-masculinity-conversations
  1. 14. Chris Gribble
  2. 13. Freya Gallagher-Jones
  3. 12. Alan Buys
  4. 11. James McDermott on MANATOMY
  5. 10 Charlie Caine
  6. 09 James Wong
  7. 08 Lewis Buxton
  8. 07 Paul Wheeler
  9. 06 Dan Simmons
  10. 05 – Nisha

A new podcast that asks: ‘what was your relationship with gender at 6? 16? 26? Now?’

James McDermott explores the many forms, messages, and experiences of masculinity in the 21st century. Through incisive, authentic, and compassionate conversations he digs into the challenges, pitfalls, privileges, and opportunities of being a mxn, and what it is like to live in a society dominated by men. A new podcast for anyone who has ever wanted to get under the skin of modern masculinity. 


Mantor is available on all major podcast platforms:


Sam Ruddock – Director of Story Machine Productions, and Producer of this podcast – talks about its origins in a blog post here.


Mantor is produced and released to support of James McDermott’s debut poetry collection, Manatomy. To purchase a signed copy, click here.

Manatomy is a collection of wry, witty and cheeky poems exploring how nature, nurture, pop culture, prejudice and politics shape the identity of camp gay man James McDermott. Structured in three parts – ‘Boy’, ‘Youth’ and ‘Man’ – Manatomy interrogates how the experiences of growing up gay in a homophobic world and in rural millennial England affect a gay man’s relationships with himself, his partners, the LGBTQ+ community and the wider world.

‘The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Simply magnificent. I am so impressed by this collection. You don’t have to have grown up gay to love and appreciate this poetry, but it will of course have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have’

Stephen Fry

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