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08-10-2020

Tania Hershman explores the cornucopia of libraries offered by the great northern city of Manchester, including private and public collections and modern trimmings including digital pianos and foosball tables.

Rick Stroud takes us to St James’ Square and the quiet sanctuary of the London Library, a private and productive space beloved by writers and readers alike.

'The almost daily drip-feed of doom-laden news that you children – my main readership – no longer read; you're too busy playing games, or texting each other or whatever, to actually pick up a book; let alone mine.'
Geoff Barker shares his diary of week 9; Doug Johnstone is surprised by his creativity; Donny O'Rourke finds life online and time for reflection.
'One driver waits, as if for traffic lights to change. Behind the wheel, she meditates, believes the road will clear if she sits this out. Another makes a u-turn, screeches away.'
As a writer of non-fiction and memoir, Miranda France reflects on what makes certain narratives so necessary to us, and why telling stories will never go out of fashion.
Amanda Dalton describes some of the challenges of writing dramatizations of novels, poems, and films for radio and the stage, as well as the satisfaction she feels when she gets it right.
'I'm a proud black man, but let me make it clear; I don't profess to speak for all black people. I'm happy being a starting point for a conversation on race or politics but please don't make me the end.'
16-04-2020

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her children’s picturebooks and the eerie prescience of some of her illustrators, exploring fairytales in books and pantomime, and the real-life tragic roots of a dramatic work for Black Lives Matter.

'From the Starship Enterprise to Star Wars, it's wall-to-wall screens with not a bookshelf in sight; when books do appear in future homes they're usually part of a dystopian vision.'
Eighty years after its publication, Ray French looks at how a famous novel and its film adaptation have overshadowed notions about Welshness, and how this might at last be changing.
20-02-2020

Susan Fletcher explores the experience of outsiderhood, both physical and social, and its influence on her writing, and wonders whether readers, too, are increasingly recognising themselves in outsider protagonists.

Lucy Flannery describes how an idle moment on twitter led to her accidentally writing a novel, and how the process of doing so raised old demons about her right to be an author.

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