All items: Mervyn Peake

Catherine O’Flynn dissects her enthusiasm for failed utopias, such as the ghost real estate ventures of the Spanish Riviera, and the influence of growing up surrounded by the 'bizarre and melancholy landscaped public spaces' of Birmingham.

Siân Rees takes us to Asunción in Paraguay, where magical realism makes sense and ghosts haunt the landscape and the imagination.

Novelist Catherine O’Flynn recalls the smell of ‘old books, damp anoraks, wax polish and sunlight’ – and explores the formative role of her childhood library, in inner-city Birmingham, in shaping her career as a writer.