All items: biography

Tony Gould speaks with Carole Angier about his long writing career and the different subjects it has touched on, from military history and memoir to dole queues and diseases.

Julia Copus examines the role of intense personal experience in contemporary poetry, including her own recent work.

Joanne Limburg examines the complex responsibility of writing honestly about one’s own life when this also requires writing about the lives of others.

The novelist Anna Haycraft (Alice Thomas Ellis) died of lung cancer in 2005. Deborah Bosley, who along with Beryl Bainbridge, Shelley Weiner and Caroline Blackwood was one of Anna’s literary protégés, recalls a life rich in letters, love, children and faith. At the centre of it all was Anna’s profound domesticity, heady with books, booze, family and fags. And it revolved round the kitchen table.

Kate Colquhoun explores the responsibilities of non-fiction writers in dealing with matters that are disturbing, controversial or simply unclear.

Katie Grant considers the burdens and benefits of family history and the writer’s duty towards the dead.