All items: Laurence Sterne

He stood up and toured the crowded shelves of his study, picking up a book here and a book there. "Read these", he said, "Come back later in the summer and we'll discuss them."
The precision of Wodehouse, the economy of Fitzgerald and the wild comic invention of Flann O'Brien; these then are the elements that inspire me.
Can a British or Irish playwright ever escape the influence of Samuel Beckett? Brian McAvera reveals why he put Beckett on stage as a vampire and ventriloquist’s dummy, and explains how it all stems from those troubled questions of British and Irish identity – questions that Beckett, like so many writers, tried to escape by becoming a European.

Annette Kobak considers the lessons that other artforms might provide to the practising writer, including suggestions from her own experiences as a writer and painter.