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As a keen member of a Boy Scouts troop, Donny O’Rourke found an early outlet for his talents as a writer and composer. Here he reflects on what the movement meant to him.

Trish Cooke speaks with Caroline Sanderson about her Dominican heritage, her Yorkshire upbringing, how her parents’ love of stories inspired her as a teller of tales, and how her career kicked off in multiple directions all at once.

Roy Bainton recalls some highlights of his long career as a writer for the popular music press, reviewing and writing tour brochures for a wide range of famous, and not-so-famous, artists.

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about how he came to take up ghostwriting, its similarities with travel writing, the drama of being the official documenter of the troubled Castaway TV series in 2000, and the challenge of Robbie Williams versus impending deadlines.

In ‘My Hero', we talk to a number of RLF writers about their personal heroes, and how those heroes have had an impact on their lives and their writing.

Nicola Baldwin describes her first forays into writing about medical science, and how this became a major theme in her playwriting.
You were a journalist, an engineer and a physicist. Space is still exciting and you wouldn't believe some of the discoveries scientists have made. But sadly, aliens still haven't been in touch yet.

Dipo Agboluaje speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about Britain and Nigeria, the big dreams of his characters and his knack of combining satire with character development, and the necessity for diverse playwrights to aim for the mainstream.