Sara Wheeler discusses the fine line between biography and fiction, and how to tackle the challenges of unreliable sources and research gaps when writing about real lives.
Ben Rhydding was once a grand Gothic mansion in Yorkshire, built to provide the ‘water cure’ to the Victorian elite. Tamar Yellin explores the history of this ill-fated building and how it inspired a novel.
Kate Rhodes on her search for the perfect island writing retreat and the famous writers who’ve found solace and inspiration in their own island hideaways.
Deborah Chancellor reflects on the positives of living in a busy multigenerational household, the many hats she wears daily, and finding unexpected inspiration in lockdown life.
Clean Language is a concept used by practitioners to help people identify and change their internal thoughts and beliefs. Martin Sketchley describes how training in Clean Language techniques has influenced his work.
Penny Boxall explores her fascination with the traditional craft of marbling, its long-standing associations with literature, and the elusive connections and meanings to be found in a marbled page.
Obscure collective nouns abound in the natural world: an exaltation of larks, a business of ferrets; a sounder of pigs. Chris Arthur explores the accuracy and romanticism of these collective nouns, arguing that some should be retired for good.
Written lists have existed for millennia. So often considered the stuff of everyday life, Dilys Rose argues that, in literature, lists can inspire, challenge and enlighten.