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Chris Westwood shares his Break Point experience, explaining how a reset period in a fresh location helped him both to recover his creative writing self and to understand what had happened to disable it.

Emma Darwin recalls the early days of online writing communities, and explains how her popular blog “This Itch of Writing” came into being.

Andrew Cowan speaks with Bethan Roberts about escaping the noose of perfectionism, what research brings to the writing process and what ‘write what you know’ really means in every genre, his ongoing imposter syndrome and the relative pleasures of writing fiction and guide-books.

Andrew Cowan speaks with Bethan Roberts about growing up as a working class boy in Corby, eventually taking a Creative Writing MA mostly because he liked being a student, the way his writing proceeds from the visual to the written to the auditory and the slow genesis and under-appreciated success of his first novel.

Sarah LeFanu speaks with Ann Morgan about how activism preceded authorship, writing a critical history of women’s speculative fiction because she wanted to teach it, her experiences in revolutionary Mozambique and her role in the Women’s Press and the subsequent illusion of ‘post-feminism’.

Linda Cracknell travels to France in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, considering the effects of motion and travel on writing and discovering that sitting beside a river can be as much of a journey as sitting on a long distance train.

Dan Richards visits the beautiful archipelago that provided both part-time home and profound inspiration for one of Finland’s best-loved writers.

Valerie Gillies speaks with Doug Johnstone about poetry’s place in Scottish life, her multi-disciplinary practice inspired by studies in 1970s India and ongoing collaborations, and her role as a practitioner in arts-based health work.

Catherine O'Flynn is surprised by the dearth of literature about car boot sales, the ideal place to take your internal apocalpysometer for a spin.

Stuart Walton recalls the Pleasureland Fairground, home of ‘The Rides’, an experience that grew with him and his sister throughout their youth.

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