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In this installment of 'How I Write', Royal Literary Fund fellows discuss the relative merits of pen versus computer, the role stationery can play in planning, and some of the pros and cons of writing software.


In ‘Why I Write', we talk to a number of RLF writers about what makes them write and why they keep going.


Kate Colquhoun speaks with Carole Angier about the workaholic Joseph Paxton’s parental regrets, the pros and cons of British cooking, and 'holding the basket of domesticity' while ideas float away like untethered balloons.


Kate Colquhoun speaks with Carole Angier about the pleasures of rich source material and her need to be surprised while writing, the trials of ever-changing writing technology, and how her career as an author was started by a strawberry crinoline.

Victorian writers of sensation novels knew that nothing scared readers more than destabilising the everyday – especially the home. Kate Colquhoun asks why we delight in brutal stories wrapped in familiar settings from Wilkie Collins to Truman Capote. What happens when the brutality is transposed to real life, to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the murders committed by Anders Breivik?

Kate Colquhoun explores the responsibilities of non-fiction writers in dealing with matters that are disturbing, controversial or simply unclear.

Katie Grant considers the burdens and benefits of family history and the writer’s duty towards the dead.

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