Shelley Harris speaks with Bethan Roberts about writers’ outsiderhood, the influence of moving to the UK from South Africa as a child, overcoming a crippling fear of failure and having her first published novel picked for the Richard and Judy book club.
Amanda Dalton speaks with Amanda Whittington about moving from teaching to writing, the cross-fertilisation of poems and drama in her work, and the bold approach she’s taken to audio drama in reimagining classic silent films for radio.
Former RLF Trustee Richard Holmes speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about the intrusions and liberations of biographical research, shares some useful advice for aspiring biographers and considers the impact of photography and the changing nature of biography as a form.
Former RLF Trustee Richard Holmes speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about falling in love with your biographical subjects, the importance of notebooks and the biographer’s own experience, the role of empathy and the “imaginary conversation” between biographer and subject.
Shyama Perera speaks with Ann Morgan about her move from journalism to fiction writing, the influence of music in her work, growing up around casual racism and being a ‘portfolio woman’ thriving on teaching as well as writing.
Mirza Waheed speaks with Ann Morgan about why non-Western literature shouldn’t have to explain itself to Western readers, who can tell which stories, how parenthood and being primary carer have affected him as a writer, and the secret joy of working on buses.