Bethan Roberts speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about her family tradition of oral storytelling, becoming a novelist after abandoning literary theory, and accidentally writing a novel about Elvis.
Bethan Roberts explores the varying ways in which truth has transmuted into fiction in her novels, the different nature of truth in fiction versus truth in historical research, and how far she’s prepared to go when inhabiting characters who are also real people.
Lawrence Sail considers the balance between recognising things and discovering them, as experienced during the creative writing process, particularly in poetry.
Ros Schwartz speaks with Ann Morgan about translating classic literature, learning to ventriloquise other writers, the importance of leaving some words untranslated and the linguistic challenges of the front-loading washing machine.
Lucy Caldwell speaks with Ann Morgan about her short stories and writing about Northern Ireland, the impact of parenthood on creative work, the lure of poetry and the knack of knowing when to stick the knife in with live audiences.