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Zora Neale Hurston left an indelible mark on me as a young journalist. I was first inspired by her book Tell My Horse recounting her audacious expedition in 1936 to Jamaica and Haiti where she documented life and folklore. I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
I reached my destination. The beautiful, big-skied, bleeding mothercountry of Toni Morrison. Like all the greatest gifts in life, I swear she came to me rather than I to her. When I read Beloved the world tilted on its axis. It has never, thank god, tipped back.

Julianne Pachico speaks with Caroline Sanderson about growing up in Colombia at an unstable and threatening time, how horror and suspense fiction have influenced her work, and how she marries the demands of teaching creative writing with those of producing her own work.

'In Tennessee Williams, we meet contradictory, faulty, self-destructive, or self-deluding characters, full of dreams and yearning. What a great cocktail for a drama! Maggie the Cat appals us in many ways, but we can't help liking her vigour and wit.'

Nick Caistor speaks with Ann Morgan about discovering other realities through language learning at school and in Argentina, the chameleon nature of translation and challenges such as humour, and the importance of maintaining a regular creative writing practice in your own language.

'It's a habit I don't have — re-reading. It's simply too risky. It's not the text you remember differently, but the person you were when you experienced it first.'
'I'd have to say that it's the writing fraternity itself that inspires me; not the writers who are loved and admired, who are household names, but the writers most people have never heard of. '
'You've started writing your diary in Spanish since discovering that your mother reads it sometimes, but now she's started learning Spanish too. Don't worry, I'm here to tell you that she won't get very far with it.'
'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'
'He stood up and toured the crowded shelves of his study, picking up a book here and a book there. "Read these", he said, "Come back later in the summer and we'll discuss them."'
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