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Claire Williamson writes about the value of turning to literature at times of personal grief and shares some books that have provided comfort and consolation in difficult times.
'Writing is a bit like dreaming, or day-dreaming. You write to clarify something inside your head. But the dream is a delicate thread that can snap at any time and leave you lost and bewildered.'

Ian Thomson reads Dante's Divine Comedy as a spiritual journey that resonates with his own experience of addiction.


Stephen Wyatt takes us to an unusual destination: the Gallifrey One convention, where participants are enthusiastic, oddly dressed, and gratifyingly appreciative of his own 30-year-old TV script.

Doug Johnstone reminds us that no completed novel lives up to what its creator initially imagined, and explains how a complete failure three books in led him to find his true writing voice.

As writer in residence in a palliative care unit, Diana Hendry had to put into words the thoughts and feelings of the dying. Twenty years on, she reflects on what she learned from this experience, and wonders if attitudes to death have really changed all that much in the intervening time.
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