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Michaela Morgan speaks with Ann Morgan about becoming a reader by accident, writing for reluctant readers, using stories to unlock people and the importance of not writing down to children.

'You'd be affronted if you knew that a fifty-two year old woman was reading what you'd written, and you'd be amazed to know that that woman was a published writer with more than a passing association with you.'
'I am, if not addicted to words, at the very least word-dependent. At least one contributory factor to this word-dependence is the fact that I was a very sickly child. Infantile asthma kept me home and abed roughly three days out of seven.'
Dan Richards describes some of the quirkier objects writers have used as touchstones to inspire them to write, and some of the rituals they employ for the same reason.
Playwright Fraser Grace makes a late reconnection with poetry — and finds that it is more essential than ever.
'Selling books is as necessary as writing them but many writers, and I am one of them, have a love-hate relationship with the marketing of their books. This nearly always results from a mismatch.'
Although writers are often asked about their favourite tools – from pens to laptops – the chairs on which they sit to write are seldom mentioned. Alex Games wonders why so little attention has been paid to this crucial piece of furniture.
'Alice turned me into an addict. I became an avid reader, always in search of fantasies; science fiction, adventure, mysteries and later detective fiction and romances, in both English and Urdu, fed my insatiable thirst.'

Horatio Clare ponders the necessary pragmatism of the professional writer, and shares a glimpse of what writers really talk about amongst themselves.

Clare Pollard celebrates the playfulness and variety of nonsense verse, sharing examples from across the centuries.

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