Chris Arthur reflects on what the essay form means to him, and why one doesn’t have to have an academic background in literature in order to be a practitioner.
Arriving in Los Angeles to research a novel, Emylia Hall found herself prevented by a bad cold from making the most of the trip.
Sue Roe describes her visits to the houses of some famous artists, and reflects on how these buildings and their surroundings are portrayed in their respective works.
John Pilkington describes how he came to write a play for a large cast, drawn from the local community, and how this changed his life.
Researching her latest novel, which is set in wartime London, Christina Koning found consolation in the knowledge that people in the past had survived against seemingly insuperable odds.
Katherine Clements reflects on how immersing herself in research helps her to envisage the settings for her historical fiction.
Searching for a quiet space in which to write, Rhiannon Tise tried a range of options – from a friend’s dining table to her local library – discovering, in the process, that the right conditions for creativity can be hard to find.
Alex Games considers why some authors adopt pseudonyms — and why others prefer complete anonymity.