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Martyn Waites speaks with Doug Johnstone about learning crime writing on the job, adopting a female pseudonym and the joys of writing daleks.

I can only have one novel on the go at any given time but with creative nonfiction, I often have up to ten books that I dip in and out of! One day a prison memoir, the next an essay on Buddhist meditation, followed by a chapter on parenting a gender-creative child.
As my understanding of the world grew, so my love for a broader spectrum of writing emerged. The tender brutality of Jean Genet, a defiant mix of love and grime. Authors who first provoked and then provided a home for my own emotions.
'I can trace my entire journey to adulthood — to my passions, my career, values, priorities — through you, like landmarks I didn't always notice as I passed through. But now running my finger back along the map, I see how you shaped my route.'
'Art bereft of life must risk desiccation: on the other hand, where the sheer welter of life and its demands encroach too forcefully, the writer may fail to find a proper focus. And the need to earn a living may lead a writer away from her or his real gift.'
'I have no advice, only a practical warning. Make a note in your diary. On the seventh of July 2005, just after 9 a.m., do not catch that westbound Piccadilly Line tube into central London. Turn back. As I did. Your best writing will still be ahead of you.'

Sara Wheeler speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the sources of her inspirations as a travel writer and biographer, why the future of travel writing is bright and why the writer’s job is to find hope and celebrate the individual human spirit’s survival.

'Every morning is a feline re-enactment of an Ancient Greek drama, with me, the inadequate director, stage manager and Chorus, attempting to re-write the inevitable scenes of bursting tension, churning violence and epic wailing.'
Roy Bainton asks whether writers improve as they age and explores the long career of a personal literary icon, Ray Bradbury.

Clare Chambers speaks with Ann Morgan about the experience of having a breakout success, the secret to creating convincing historical settings, the disruptive influence of mobile phones on storytelling and the importance of balancing pessimism and optimism in a writing career.

Robin Blake considers four novels he read in his youth and how revisiting them fifty years later casts new light on the books themselves, and on his relationship with reading.
Lawrence Sail reflects on his experience of ageing, exploring how some famous writers have tackled the subject and what they can teach us.
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