All items: California

Cynthia Rogerson contemplates the literary spurs of exile and outsiderhood, wonders whether she would have written any novels if she’d simply stayed at home in the USA, and explains why being a writer is easier in Scotland than in California.

Brian McAvera considers what we’ve lost in favouring naturalistic, TV-esque theatre over the wider and deeper possibilities offered by non-naturalism.

Lucinda Hawksley is not the first writer to feel the siren call of the whale. The whales she seeks are not white, though, but blue and grey and humpbacked — and the hunt culminates not in a killing but a kind of epiphany: an unlocking of writer’s block and a release of grief.