Chris Arthur writes about the childhood mentor who inspired his lifelong love of nature — in particular, of birds.
Researching her historical novels, Judith Allnatt finds inspiration in the archaic language of the past, which can powerfully evoke a vanished world.
Leigh Russell describes the exhaustive research that goes into writing about the social issues which often underpin the plots of her crime fiction novels.
After years of making-do with desks he disliked – or which were just plain uncomfortable – Tobias Jones decided to build his own, discovering, in the process, exactly what he required from a writing place.
Marcus Chown describes the early months of the lockdown in London, and how his native city was transformed.
Penny Hancock describes an unforeseen benefit of months of lockdown: discovering how much she loves the house she’s lived in for many years.
Sarah Williams describes the range of challenges she has faced as a translator – from translating the instructions for assembling flatpack furniture to translating poetry – and how these have shaped her view of the relationship between language and truth.
Art forms often have similarities based on discipline and structure; an anecdotal look at comparisons between poetry and music by a practitioner of both.