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02-09-2021

Sarah Ardizzone speaks with Ann Morgan about the development of her career as a translator, translating writers in French who sit outside the mainstream, and the challenges of rendering slang convincingly in a different language and setting.

Karl Whitney describes how a mundane government document was the unlikely spark for his first book and how he found inspiration beneath Dublin’s streets.
'The articles I later wrote about this extraordinary trip may have helped sell my novel, who knows? I was fired by something else by then; the urgent need for an ocean sanctuary to protect the Kermadecs in the future.'
'I feel lucky to live in this era of an extraordinary range of readily available texts. I use the word 'read' loosely, often 'dip into' might better describe it, but when I'm enthralled, I can still stay up most of the night reading.'
'My beat across London takes me North and South and East. Each side has a map of variations on language, and rounded, and jagged, accents of English. The blur delights me, as I have to take a break and pick a note.'
'In my dreams, my home is a clinically efficient office space, where I clock in to my desk at nine, and out again at five, with an hour for lunch and a swiftly moving in-tray.'
27-05-2021

Bashabi Fraser speaks with Ann Morgan about becoming a writer and researcher in London and Bengal, bridging two worlds as a ‘Scottish Indian’, the tremendous inspiration of her biographee Rabindranath Tagore and the rare privilege of 'gift' poems.

'Whoever defined genres, it can't have been a writer. You can't fit creativity into a straightjacket and tell your imagination to conform to a marketing strategy —because that's what genre is.'
'The planning time, the daydreaming time, the hanging out the washing time and the walk to school pick-up time; for me, these moments are where inspiration can arrive, where connections are made.'
18-03-2021

Former RLF Trustee Richard Holmes speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about falling in love with your biographical subjects, the importance of notebooks and the biographer’s own experience, the role of empathy and the “imaginary conversation” between biographer and subject.

'I'm always hoping to chance upon the kinds of details novelists — lucky things — use to light up their characters. The protagonists of non-fiction deserve their places in our imaginations too.'
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