All items: Adrienne Rich

Jill Dawson discusses the writers – mostly American, many black – that nourished her through a series of difficult youthful circumstances, offering her 'a shape to discover myself in'.

Years later, back in England, you will begin living with your children as a single parent, and your writing will reflect all these experiences.

Pippa Little speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry in her African and Scottish childhood, building a career as an early school leaver and her return to Higher Education, and her approaches to writing.

I loved the sense of living in Woolf's novels, their heady, fluttering, thoughtful sensuality, the significance of each detail; the epiphanic moments of being she evoked.
A change of place, finding a new muse, pausing on a London bridge, all can stimulate the writer's imagination again, says John Greening. From a sexual potency operation for W.B.Yeats, to Clive James’ terminal illness, there are many ways to trigger inspiration.