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16-02-2023

Andrew Greig speaks with Doug Johnstone about 60s music as his gateway to poetry, his accidental success as a poet while failing to becoming a musician, how a poem got him a place on Himalayan climbing expeditions and the value he places on triggering emotion in his readers.

'I'd have to say that it's the writing fraternity itself that inspires me; not the writers who are loved and admired, who are household names, but the writers most people have never heard of. '
07-01-2021

Heidi Williamson speaks with John Greening about inspirations including science and traditional print processes, the importance of pattern in writing poems, her need to surprise herself and her new collection drawing on a painful section of public and personal history.

05-12-2019

Max Eilenberg speaks with John Siddique about the importance of love in children’s fiction, his previous career in publishing, retelling a traditional fairytale and his enduring enthusiasm for the work of Bob Dylan.

Listening as a schoolboy to the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s helped to shape Donny O’Rourke’s sense of what might be achieved in poetry. Here he pays tribute to some of the musicians who influenced him.
From the days of Dr Johnson onwards, coffee has played a significant part in writers’ lives —and in those of film-makers and songwriters, too. Donny O’Rourke looks at some of the most celebrated examples, and considers how coffee has enhanced his own experience over the years.
'That's how it is with me; once you've subsumed your own tone to the great and the good, it's curtains for plot development and time to put the kettle on.'
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