All items: Graham Greene

Be outrageous! When I was your age my writing was very conventional. I wouldn't offend anyone or express any controversial statements for fear of offending someone. Word would get around, I thought.
I still employ that childhood sweet-shop approach of chancing upon an author I like then consuming all her, or his, books one after another until they are gone.
Even trailblazing Simone de Beauvoir, who scorned conventional marriage, was not immune from jealousy, nor from retaliation in print.
The inspiration here has involved a movement from poetry to prose. This is something that pleases me immensely; one genre fertilising another.
He is fearful and hopeless, shabby and disreputable-looking; even his eventual martyrdom is squalid and he fluffs his final words. What impressed me, though, is that he keeps on trying.
I learned about waypoints, sky countries, meteoro-glyphs, flying by instruments only, and whiteouts; it's not just a book about flying though, there's poetry here, and metaphysics.

Amanda Mitchison shares the ways she’s entwined with Scottish history, and how one of Scotland’s great historical outrages reached through time to shape the course of her novel.

Lucy Moore explores the challenges of choosing a subject, the dangers of identifying too closely, and how she looks for stories that both allure her and also urgently need telling.

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.