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'The creation of a temporary workstation is one of the few parts of the process that I tend to romanticise. It's ritualistic for me; I want scenic spots and good vibrations. A great coffee shop is made yet better by it being the setting for a writing session. '
'I tried, really I did. I meditated in a prayer circle, attended a book reading, ate an expensive organic breakfast and forced myself to smile. But the smugness of the crowd grated. They were all so pleased with themselves.'
'I'm lucky enough to have a core group of fellow writers with whom I regularly swap drafts of work. It's a privilege to be an early reader, and it's also hugely instructive for my own work.'

Marina Benjamin examines the changing role of the personal voice in contemporary memoir, celebrates the sharing of ecstatic highs and vertiginous tumbles, and notes that it’s writerly craft that lifts a work beyond mere self-pimping.

Alyson Hallett takes us to Launceston in Cornwall, home of the writer Charles Causley, in the centenary year of his birth.

The strange, diminutive ‘dwarf’s apartment’ in Mantua’s Ducal Palace inspired Clare Colvin to write a historical novel. She later discovered the truth about those dwarfs — and discovered, too, that many novels have been born inside mysterious or hidden chambers.
Her grandfather was Poet Laureate, but that isn’t why Imogen Lycett Green now curates the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Here she speaks passionately for the value of poetry to children — and the value of children to the future of poetry.
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