James Woodall speaks with Robin Blake about how his mother is accidentally responsible for his writing career and some of his subject matter, how his love of Spanish music eventually led him to Latin America, and wanting to escape the constraints of biography.
Style and form are all find and dandy, I'm sure they do wonders for my poor old brain, but sometimes I hanker after a good story. Luckily there are plenty of them about, and some happen to be beautifully written too.
Knowing the writer inevitably quickens the pleasure of reading the work. Olga is an unusually complete writer; all she does is imagine, plan, plot and write.
Puzzles, mirrors, infinite regressions, paradoxes; these perfectly crafted, erudite stories - despite their appeal to the intellect - grip like a vice.
Todd McEwen tells Frances Byrnes about how his early life in Southern California gave him abundance – in literature and landscape – but also taught him scepticism and helped him develop his distinctive writing voice.
Dismayed to find that most of the books on her shelves were originally written in English, Ann Morgan decided to spend a year reading works from around the world. In doing so she gained some fascinating insights into other cultures, which helped to enrich her own writing.