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'I love writers who can explain hugely complex subjects in a way that makes them accessible to the lay reader. Max Hastings’s and Antony Beevor’s deservedly popular war books have done this magnificently, as did Piers Brendon’s The Dark Valley.'
Mark Blayney on the practice of ekphrastic writing – writing that responds to a work of visual art – and the many stories to be found in other artists’ creations.
Roy Bainton on the importance of journalistic integrity, his literary sin, and how he gave his radio career the coup de grâce.
'I think of myself as a brand; Sanjida Kay, the thriller writer, or Sanjida O'Connell, who writes literary fiction. And since I am a brand I only write or post about a version of myself, where everything relates to the writing.'

Jonathan Tulloch takes us to a Cumbrian riverbank, circa 1983, for a picnic eagerly awaiting the end of the world at half past three (please pass the ham sandwiches.)

Mary Colson faces down the aimlessness and lack of purpose that takes hold when a book has been finished, but hasn’t yet found its place in the world.


Julia Copus shares her diary in ‘My Writing Week’, encompassing a glitzy awards night in the city, the challenge of everyday administrative distractions back at home, and the role of dogs – the ‘heartbeat at my feet’ – in the lives of writers.


Ray French speaks with Frances Byrnes about his roots in Wales and the Irish diaspora, and how other writers’ voices can help new writers find their own.

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