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As a writer inspired by the natural world, Tiffany Murray has observed the damage being visited upon the environment by unbridled development; here she meditates on how certain writers might process this.
'I didn't know how to make sense of losing her. Writing became a place of refuge. Poetry was how my thoughts first spilled out of me; I wrote my first book of poetry at the age of eleven.'
09-07-2020

Courttia Newland speaks with Catherine O'Flynn about childhood inspiration from TV and music, his doubts about diversity initiatives in publishing and the threads linking his work across different media and genres.

'I would take a leaf out of Achebe's own classic novel Things Fall Apart, in which the final paragraph switches perspective from an African to a European one. I would switch the European to an African perspective in a rewrite of Conrad's novella.'
'I'm a proud black man, but let me make it clear; I don't profess to speak for all black people. I'm happy being a starting point for a conversation on race or politics but please don't make me the end.'
04-06-2020

Roopa Farooki describes some highs and lows on her journey to becoming a published author, and shares advice and encouragement for beginning writers from diverse backgrounds.

Trish Cooke discusses how the Caribbean and Yorkshire have influenced her work as a playwright and children’s book writer, and driven her sense of responsibility towards diverse audiences and characters outside the mainstream.

'Just when Freddie Mercury was taking off in our dichotomised university lives in India, came Keki Daruwalla. He was the Parsi policeman poet on a boat-poem ride along the Ganga.'
21-05-2020

Michael McMillan speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about growing up in Buckinghamshire and London, the ongoing influence of his widely-toured ‘front room’ installation, the role of music in black British culture, and the important culture and politics of the 1970s.

'Alice Walker's generosity in celebrating what had come before, what had ignited her, opened up a world for readers; reaching back to Zora Neale Hurston and bringing this writer's work back into a spotlight.'
07-05-2020

Jill Dawson discusses the writers – mostly American, many black – that nourished her through a series of difficult youthful circumstances, offering her 'a shape to discover myself in'.

16-04-2020

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her children’s picturebooks and the eerie prescience of some of her illustrators, exploring fairytales in books and pantomime, and the real-life tragic roots of a dramatic work for Black Lives Matter.

19-03-2020

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her Dominican heritage, her Yorkshire upbringing, how her parents’ love of stories inspired her as a teller of tales, and how her career kicked off in multiple directions all at once.

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