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.
Katharine McMahon celebrates the role that public libraries have played in her life, from her earliest discovery of the magic of books as a child, to her later career as a writer.
I'll never forget the delight of that reverential calm as thirty-five young teenagers sat before me, spellbound, silently turning the pages; each engrossed.
I write because I can make a world in my head come alive on the stage or screen. I get to see the people who rattled around in my imagination eventually move out into a home of their own.
Be yourself. Write the story that is growing in your head, not the one you think an editor might like to read. Be. Yourself.
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.
Under pressure, or in the grip of a story I can't tear myself from, I occasionally read as I walk along the street. Fortunately I have great peripheral vision for lamp posts and other pedestrians.
It is sometimes hard to distinguish between memorable books and inspiring books. I remember books for various reasons, often to do with characterisation and dialogue.