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'Reading as a writer and not just as a reader is a different experience, both richer and less carefree; instead of simply enjoying the ride now you are paying attention to the mechanism that makes it possible'
26-07-2018

Cynan Jones speaks with James McConnachie about 'the square mile' in Welsh culture, the experience of re-telling stories, and the spark that sends him to the writing shed to get a pending novel down on the page.

As an avid reader of poetry, Roy Bainton had always felt it was beyond his capabilities to write it. Then a fortuitous encounter with another RLF writer – and a provocative study of poetry by Stephen Fry – made him think again.
'You are mourning something in a quite different, less tangible category of experience. What you can't come to terms with is that the year 1955 has gone. Suddenly. Irretrievably. Inexplicably, and forever.'
Letters, photographs, newspaper cuttings… writers have always found inspiration in ephemera. Some have carried hoarding to excess, as Nicolette Jones explains.
It isn't every ‘newly hatched’ reporter who gets to interview some of the most eminent figures in the cultural life of her times — but Diana Hendry did just that, compiling an impressive cuttings file that included interviews with Bertrand Russell, Sir Basil Spence, Stevie Smith, Brigid Brophy, L. S. Lowry, and Marlene Dietrich.
30-03-2017

Jonathan Tulloch introduces the first in a series of four seasonal gustatory delights, the wine gums of spring, in a Proustian recollection of lost dogs, sugar sweats and an absence of moral redemption.

Babs Horton and Jon Mayhew share their life-changing literature.

08-12-2016

Julia Copus explores the way that poetry, through its control of language, can influence the perception of time.

Basir Kazmi considers the ‘stage of the mind’, and whether the real measure of a playwright is the script as written word.

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