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Pauline Rowe considers the unique skills required as a writer working in community settings and argues that this ‘hidden’ work has much to offer writers, beyond the pay packet.
When Felicity McCall found a box of council correspondence from the years following the First World War, she didn’t expect to discover stories. Here she shares how even the most mundane paperwork can reveal voices from the past.
'As a struggling novice poet in Belfast in the dark days of the 1970s, I'd have been pleased to learn about the peace process... But what would I have made of news that I'd moved from poetry to non-fiction?'

Becca Heddle speaks with Jane Draycott about discovering traditional African ‘dilemma’ tales, the psychological dimensions of cloning in her new YA novel, and the continuing need for bold fiction writing for younger readers.


Tim Pears explores the double bind that professional authors find themselves in when teaching creative writing, and the unteachable essentials of style and the ‘strangeness’ that reveals the world anew.

Andrew Cowan considers the history of university Creative Writing courses in the UK, their roots in the longer-established English Composition and Creative Writing strands in the US, and the way in which Creative Writing can be vocational even beyond the confines of professional authorship.

'I was slow to read but I loved books. Even now, after a literary education, followed by years of teaching literature, and writing a dozen books, I still always look at the pictures first and save the words for later.'

RLF Trustee Joanna Trollope speaks with Caroline Sanderson about bringing her readership along with her through the decades, the importance of siblings and family origins, and gender issues in reading, writing and reviewing.

'These asylum seekers who had come in search of escape, were instead caught in another trap. I, in search of escape too, was spending my nights teaching in what was, in effect, a prison. '

Jonny Wright considers the sobering parallels between the 1959 play A Raisin In The Sun, featuring a black family in Southside Chicago, and the racial inequality, downward economic mobility and defacto housing segregation of contemporary London.

Kerry Young describes her journey from failing 'O'-level English to becoming a successful novelist, and how her writing is a gift both to her late father and to the diverse cultures that have produced contemporary Jamaica.

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