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Courttia Newland speaks with Catherine O'Flynn about childhood inspiration from TV and music, his doubts about diversity initiatives in publishing and the threads linking his work across different media and genres.

The writers who first deeply influenced me were the Modernists; Woolf, Pound, Eliot, H.D. All working the edges of meaning, re-imagining form and image, experimenting.
Like a lot of writers when I read something I enjoy, part of my mind is also deconstructing it. My subconscious brain continues to work even when I am supposedly relaxed and on holiday.
I'm a proud black man, but let me make it clear; I don't profess to speak for all black people. I'm happy being a starting point for a conversation on race or politics but please don't make me the end.

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.

Dilys Rose reflects on her work as a librettist, and on the pleasures and occasional difficulties of writing words intended to be sung.

Christie Dickason speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about truthfulness in writing, why she chose the 17th century for her historical novels, and the influence on her work of being a 'wild child'.

Music has always been a big part of my life. I listen to music constantly, and I search inside the words and rhythms for things I can use in my writing.