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Dan Richards describes some of the quirkier objects writers have used as touchstones to inspire them to write, and some of the rituals they employ for the same reason.
'I was slow to read but I loved books. Even now, after a literary education, followed by years of teaching literature, and writing a dozen books, I still always look at the pictures first and save the words for later.'

RLF Trustee Joanna Trollope speaks with Caroline Sanderson about how Freudian psychology changed fiction, updating Jane Austen, taking children seriously in her writing and being inspired by 'preoccupying situations'.

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