All items: Colm Tóibín

Miranda Miller describes how a troubling encounter in childhood has remained with her, surfacing recently as she reflects on a new direction for her writing.
An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.
Can coincidence, that seemingly magical conjunction of events, play a part in poetry? John Greening considers some famous and more personal examples of its power.
Although primarily a visual medium, the cinema has always relied on the novel as a source of inspiration. Linda Buckley-Archer looks at the changing relationship between film and literature, and considers how each had affected the other.