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08-02-2024

John Greening speaks with Caroline Sanderson about discovering that poetry was his calling, and discusses his wide-ranging career in verse, editing and literary criticism.

'I take to the stage at book festivals around the country, doing around twenty to thirty chairing gigs a year. I’ve looked Derren Brown in the eye, facing down predictions from friends that he would hypnotise me into talking gibberish.'
'I suppose I'm what's known these days as an 'influencer', and while that term has shallow connotations, I take the responsibility both seriously and sedentarily. I read for two hours most days; under the duvet, stretched out on the sofa, on the train.'
'Is this how you know that a particular genre of writing is not for you? You consort with it for a while, and appear to be getting on rather well. The words flow, and you seem to have so much to say. And then rush of early enthusiasm falters.'
28-04-2022

Caroline Sanderson revisits her childhood home for the first time in five decades, to compare memory with reality.

Paul Dodgson takes us to Hythe on the south coast of Kent, drawn back to a place he was once desperate to escape.

Clare Chambers explains why the apparently prosaic location of the south-east London suburbs has been such a source of inspiration in her work.

'The writers who inspire me are those for whom writing is routine. The ones who, while fond of singing and dancing, wouldn't dream of making a song and dance about writing. They write whatever the season.'
'This kind of swotting was highly risky in my state comprehensive, where any show of keenness was likely to be met with a great deal of jibing and jostling, in this case accusations of being teacher's pet.'
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