All items: Berlin

James Woodall speaks with Robin Blake about how his mother is accidentally responsible for his writing career and some of his subject matter, how his love of Spanish music eventually led him to Latin America, and wanting to escape the constraints of biography.

On her first visit to Berlin, Christina Koning packed a suitcase full of novels, and found they offered a surprising amount of insight into the city’s troubled past, as well as causing her to reflect on its inspiring present.

David Spencer, who has written intense dramas in Halifax dialect even while living and working in Berlin, speaks with Geoff Hattersley about his playwriting career, life in a different language, and remaining true to the speech of his characters.