All items: Margaret Atwood

It's not so much individual works of literature that transform, as Literature itself; the great smorgasbord of these vividly imagined, precisely delineated worlds, the astonishing was a book can hold you.
I should also mention Stan Lee. Spiderman caught criminals and saved lives but had trouble getting a girlfriend. The X-Men saved the world frequently but were somehow hated and misunderstood.

Jill Dawson discusses the writers – mostly American, many black – that nourished her through a series of difficult youthful circumstances, offering her 'a shape to discover myself in'.

There's a Library Shelf in the living room where all the through-traffic is stored; library books, obviously, plus books borrowed from friends and books I think friends might like to borrow.

Pippa Little speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry in her African and Scottish childhood, building a career as an early school leaver and her return to Higher Education, and her approaches to writing.

I still employ that childhood sweet-shop approach of chancing upon an author I like then consuming all her, or his, books one after another until they are gone.
I write far too much, I think, which means I have to decide which poems make it out of the notebook. Many are left behind.
Most writers need to support themselves financially, one reason why the RLF has proved a lifeline to many. Sue Fletcher pays tribute to the organisation which has enabled her to ‘write without worrying’, and reflects on the wide variety of other jobs she has taken over the years in order to support her writing career.
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