All items: Anne Sexton

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.

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.
Diane (Middlebrook)'s study, which crucially extended the right to examine private life, was a turning point in late twentieth century biography.

Clare Pollard talks with Julia Copus about her experiences of motherhood, her thoughts about politics, and how it feels to be labeled a ‘Bad Girl’ of the literary scene.

Marina Benjamin examines the changing role of the personal voice in contemporary memoir, celebrates the sharing of ecstatic highs and vertiginous tumbles, and notes that it’s writerly craft that lifts a work beyond mere self-pimping.

Alyson Hallett takes us to Launceston in Cornwall, home of the writer Charles Causley, in the centenary year of his birth.

Tracey Herd speaks with Julia Copus about the prevalence of female iconography in her work, the low status of writing based on popular culture, and how the spirits of the truly gifted can live on through music, film and literature.

Sarah Salway shares what she calls a ‘realistic’ rather than glamorous writing week, full of teaching, mentoring, fending off Facebook, a weekend busman’s holiday and — most importantly — some highly enjoyable writing.

Poets have always looked inward. They have always been fascinated by transformation. Few, however, have considered how the act of writing poetry itself might change them. The poet John Greening looks within, and behind, and finds himself changed.