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As my understanding of the world grew, so my love for a broader spectrum of writing emerged. The tender brutality of Jean Genet, a defiant mix of love and grime. Authors who first provoked and then provided a home for my own emotions.
'To say that I was estranged from my father implies that I'd known him well at some point, and that one of us broke off contact. But that's not the case. In reality, I never knew him at all. My parents divorced while I was in nappies.'

Bethan Roberts speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about the inspiration found in small details from real lives, writing for radio, and the productivity merits of her cafe habit.


Bethan Roberts speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about her family tradition of oral storytelling, becoming a novelist after abandoning literary theory, and accidentally writing a novel about Elvis.


Bethan Roberts explores the varying ways in which truth has transmuted into fiction in her novels, the different nature of truth in fiction versus truth in historical research, and how far she’s prepared to go when inhabiting characters who are also real people.

Lawrence Sail considers the balance between recognising things and discovering them, as experienced during the creative writing process, particularly in poetry.

Amanda Dalton describes how a childhood brush with the uncanny almost stopped her writing and contemplates how the unknown feeds our creativity.
'It is certainly possible that the ability to correct our work so easily has made us lazier, as well as more slapdash, since we enjoy the luxury of knowing that every word typed is a suggestion, not an irreversible commitment.'

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.

Every writer has a file, a drawer or a cupboard of unfinished or unpublished books. After going through his own dusty box file, Rupert Christiansen considers the classic novels that once lived as ‘zombies’ — and finds new hope that his own may yet come to life.
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