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In this installment of 'My Favourite Book', we hear from Royal Literary Fund fellows about what makes particular books special to them, from subject matter and style to larger-than-life characters and those all-important opening lines.

RLF writers explore the effects that encounters with readers have on them, and the sometimes surprising consequences of interacting with someone who might have read your words rather differently than you imagined.
RLF writers consider the role that audience plays in the writing process, exploring the possibilities and limitations that thinking about who will read, watch or listen to your work introduces to the tricky business of putting words on the page.

In the first instalment of 'My Genre’s Status', we talk to writers who feel that the kind of writing they do tends to be looked down upon, and consider the factors that may contribute to certain fields being literature's poor relations.


Becca Heddle speaks with Jane Draycott about discovering traditional African ‘dilemma’ tales, the psychological dimensions of cloning in her new YA novel, and the continuing need for bold fiction writing for younger readers.

'It's so much more fun for me as a writer, and hopefully the reader too, if I can find the shiny things; the out-of-the-way nuggets of information which thrill my inner seven year old.'
'I write fluidly, imaginatively and with great certainty late at night, and in the morning, with caution, trying to unpick my thought processes.'
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