All items: Gertrude Stein

I went back to my hotel room, leafed through the mound of tattered pages on the desk, and wished with all my heart that I could be working on something very, very simple.

Cynthia Rogerson contemplates the literary spurs of exile and outsiderhood, wonders whether she would have written any novels if she’d simply stayed at home in the USA, and explains why being a writer is easier in Scotland than in California.

Brian McAvera considers what we’ve lost in favouring naturalistic, TV-esque theatre over the wider and deeper possibilities offered by non-naturalism.