Miranda Miller considers some examples of the ‘political novel’, and reflects on what draws readers to novels of ideas.
Remembering her own childhood holidays in Italy, Stephanie Norgate reflects on why so many works of literature deal with a return to one special place which means something to the writer.
Valerie Gillies describes a changed world; Helen Grant grapples with vegetables; Tracey Herd finds life not so different; Sheena Wilkinson discovers she has everything she needs.
Researching her play about Emile Flöge, friend and business partner of the artist Gustav Klimt, Penny Black uncovered the fascinating story that lay behind the artist’s most famous painting.
Geoff Barker shares his diary of week 9; Doug Johnstone is surprised by his creativity; Donny O'Rourke finds life online and time for reflection.
Bashabi Fraser misses her grandson; Bill Kirton gets lost and found in France; Cynthia Rogerson discovers the joys of gardening.
As a writer of non-fiction and memoir, Miranda France reflects on what makes certain narratives so necessary to us, and why telling stories will never go out of fashion.
Amanda Dalton describes some of the challenges of writing dramatizations of novels, poems, and films for radio and the stage, as well as the satisfaction she feels when she gets it right.