All items: John Fletcher

As editor of The Author, James McConnachie has had to develop strategies for turning down the pitches of prospective contributors as politely – and firmly – as possible. Here he considers some of his preferred methods for saying ‘no’.
Since Shakespeare delighted Elizabeth I by giving Sir John Falstaff his own play, characters from stories have often had afterlives — existences outside the works that gave birth to them. John Pilkington argues that appropriating a character, and turning him or her into someone new, is very different from writing a mere sequel.