All items: Alice Walker

Michael McMillan takes us on a tour through his interdisciplinary creative career, spanning visual arts, theatre and other kinds of writing, collaboration and curating, in 'On Reflection'.

Although I had trained as a nurse, to me writing was a white, educated occupation; having read loads of books, it never dawned on me that people of colour wrote them.
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.
I am never without a book. It would be tortuous for me to be on a journey, short or long, without something to read. I have books in the bathroom, bedroom and the living room.
The novel was written in a language deeply unfamiliar to me, the broken English of a black girl in the American South of the early twentieth century, and it spoke to me like nothing I had ever read.

Jonny Wright considers the sobering parallels between the 1959 play A Raisin In The Sun, featuring a black family in Southside Chicago, and the racial inequality, downward economic mobility and defacto housing segregation of contemporary London.

Kerry Young describes her journey from failing 'O'-level English to becoming a successful novelist, and how her writing is a gift both to her late father and to the diverse cultures that have produced contemporary Jamaica.