All items: Jeanette Winterson

Clare Shaw speaks with Geoff Hattersley about the origins of her love of poetry, the legacy of mental illness in her writing, and her drive to find the light in even the darkest material.

As a transracial adoptee, Katharine Quarmby wondered if her family stories – Yugoslav, English, Iranian – really belonged to her. Looking back, she asks herself which stories were real and which imagined, and concludes that adoption ‘cannot make you a writer, but it can help’.
Travel writer Helena Drysdale has observed death rites in Tibet, Madagascar and Romania. Undergoing radiotherapy, she experiences the surge of life and the risk-taking excitement that also drives her writing.