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Diana Evans & Cynan Jones

Black and green grapes

Diana Evans takes us to upstate New York for a reflection on race and writing, and Cynan Jones considers the role of place and authenticity in storytelling. Diana Evans takes us to a writer’s retreat in upstate New York, where she considers how race is a theme that seems imposed on black writers, obligating them to rage against racial injustice. Her characters, she says, have the right to be human first, ‘to be ordinary.’ Cynan Jones considers place and authenticity in the storytelling process. ‘Risk being unique or aim for palatable? That’s the choice, in writing as in wine-making.’


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