Ian Thomson speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about the writer’s need for selfishness, the use of not being comfortable in one’s own skin, subverting Englishness with JG Ballard and writing about Jamaica, Primo Levi and Haiti.
Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about the treasure trove of her ancestors’ archives, her study of minority ethnic populations in Europe and the endangered languages that help define them, the colonial impositions of the English language, and why you should ask when you don’t know.
Roopa Farooki describes some highs and lows on her journey to becoming a published author, and shares advice and encouragement for beginning writers from diverse backgrounds.
Trish Cooke discusses how the Caribbean and Yorkshire have influenced her work as a playwright and children’s book writer, and driven her sense of responsibility towards diverse audiences and characters outside the mainstream.
Michael McMillan speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about growing up in Buckinghamshire and London, the ongoing influence of his widely-toured ‘front room’ installation, the role of music in black British culture, and the important culture and politics of the 1970s.
Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about male vs female travel writing, journeys alone and with others, becoming literally radioactive during cancer treatment and chasing the past in Romania, Greece and New Zealand.