All items: Arthur Rimbaud

Perhaps your subject went away; the war ended; you moved from your special place; the poet of youth grew old, or became Poet Laureate.
Are writers mad — or only very sane? Horatio Clare reflects on this conundrum, with relation to his own experience of mental illness.
In dangerous parts of the world you were brave to the point of foolhardiness but put you in front of a keyboard and you were a wee fearty mouse; you'd overwork and overhone everything, you'd stay up all night.
When advances dwindle and rejections become legion - each more hurtful than the last - I remember McCullers, Proust, Balzac and the many others who fought the good fight.

Charles Boyle considers the range of circumstances that make writers stop writing, sometimes forever, and why this can be an amicable separation.

Kevin Clarke shares a cautionary tale about deliberate plagiarism in the screen-writing industries - an issue he has had to contend with not once, but at least five times.

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.