All items: Catherine Cookson

The keys were similarly stubborn; not so much touch-typing as hammer-throwing. What that did for my finger joints I am only now beginning to find out.
Catherine Czerkawska considers the pleasures and drawbacks of writing a series of novels, looking at various celebrated examples, from Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and wondering if she too has the stamina to sustain a lengthy series.

Kathleen Jones tells Frances Byrnes about the mythic relationships between people and their landscapes in her writing — be it a disturbing poem set in her now-abandoned childhood Cumbrian fell home, or fierce non-fiction about the Haida Gwaii islands.

Kathleen Jones explains how writing a hyper-successful biography of a very famous writer nearly destroyed her career.

Mick Jackson recounts the strange time dilation that affects his novel writing, and how he learned to accept it as part of the creative process.