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In ‘My Hero', we talk to a number of RLF writers about their personal heroes, and how those heroes have had an impact on their lives and their writing.


Jonathan Tulloch takes us to a Cumbrian riverbank, circa 1983, for a picnic eagerly awaiting the end of the world at half past three (please pass the ham sandwiches.)

Mary Colson faces down the aimlessness and lack of purpose that takes hold when a book has been finished, but hasn’t yet found its place in the world.

As a novelist who has also written non-fiction columns on nature, Jonathan Tulloch speculates on how far one should be ‘creative’ with facts, in order to get across important messages about the damage human beings are doing to the environment.
Jonathan Tulloch considers ways in which train travel can stimulate a writer’s creative flow, with reference to famous practitioners for whom this method of transport proved inspiring, such as Edward Thomas, Thomas Hardy, and Philip Larkin.

Jonathan Tulloch introduces the first in a series of four seasonal gustatory delights, the wine gums of spring, in a Proustian recollection of lost dogs, sugar sweats and an absence of moral redemption.

Babs Horton and Jon Mayhew share their life-changing literature.

Bird-lovers note the arrivals of the cuckoo and swallow, in summer, with joy. But for connoisseurs, encounters with Britain’s winter visitors can be still more wonderful. Jonathan Tulloch listens in to an avian world that plays in a minor key.

Jonathan Tulloch shares his audio diary, in which we meet a cast of characters including a wasp, a sausage roll or four, and St Peter in the guise of a benign tobacconist. How will the story end?

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