All items: Anthony Burgess

Having lived in Italy for twenty years, Tobias Jones has come to realise that his literary style has been affected in more ways than he might have anticipated by his habitual use of Italian. Here he describes how this ‘linguistic exile’ has shaped his writing.
Duncan Forbes describes the challenges and consolations of translating poetry and how it can help us to gain an insight into earlier times, distant cultures and other minds.

Rob Chapman shares the importance of wholly invented bands and songs in his creative life, and considers other examples of imaginary culture and the fictitious within our fictions.

The 1549 ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’ was a revolt against the imposition of language as well as that of religion. To capture the earthy, rebellious spirit of the era, historian and novelist Tobias Jones tried to resurrect its language.