Hannah Vincent speaks with Bethan Roberts about how acting led her to playwriting, working as a script editor, her mid-career move into fiction, the ‘core self’ that drives creativity and some of the recurring themes in her work.
Heidi Williamson speaks with John Greening about inspirations including science and traditional print processes, the importance of pattern in writing poems, her need to surprise herself and her new collection drawing on a painful section of public and personal history.
Mahendra Solanki speaks with Amanda Whittington about the meaning of ‘home’ in his poetry, the legacy of violence in his childhood, the vital role of libraries and the crucial difference between ‘writing and therapy’ and ‘writing as therapy’.
Tim Pears speaks with John Greening about how family history took him from contemporary novels to historical ones, eschewing psychology for a newly filmic style of fiction, seeing his work on television and the benefits of a hands-on early career.
Shahrukh Husain speaks with Amanda Whittington about the enduring presence of myths and fairytales in her writing, how Jo from Little Women became her first literary heroine and why Princess Diana is the greatest mythic figure of our age.
Stephanie Norgate speaks with Jane Draycott about dramatising the life of a pioneering undercover woman journalist, giving voice to the collapsing landscapes of West Sussex and her out-of-doors childhood in Gilbert White’s Selborne.