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.
Horatio Clare takes us to Hebden Bridge and its connections with the poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
Lucy Moore celebrates the London she travels through at human pace on her bicycle.
Curtis Jobling recalls Great Sankey, where childhood phantoms became the grown-up imaginings of unsettling fantasy novels.