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In the first of a two-part exploration of the knotty problem of ‘Writing versus life’, Royal Literary Fund fellows discuss the ways writers try and sometimes fail to fit writing into their lives, including issues such as juggling family commitments, the importance of finding the right quality of silence and the value of a room of one's own.

RLF writers explore the effects that encounters with readers have on them, and the sometimes surprising consequences of interacting with someone who might have read your words rather differently than you imagined.

Christie Dickason shares the extraordinary experience of learning to assert her place in a wild wolf pack, and how navigating that lupine environment has permanently transformed her writing practice.


Christie Dickason speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about truthfulness in writing, why she chose the 17th century for her historical novels, and the influence on her work of being a 'wild child'.

As humans, we see ourselves reflected in the animals we put into our stories, argues Christie Dickason. When we sever connections with the animal world, however, that profound and potent reflection is imperilled.
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