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Michael Bywater talks with George Miller about his book on the infantilization of contemporary culture, Big Babies, the nature of male friendship, and his recent work on a musical about the life of Oscar Wilde.

From dressing up to role-play and make-believe to fantasy, the art of play sits at the heart of the dramatist’s world. Diane Samuels says she’s never lost her love of playing, but that while you can be a loner to write a stage work, you need to be a sharer to build it, and that is seldom an easy task. Here she recounts the joys and perils of collaboration.

Katie Grant speaks with Kona Macphee about how she came to be a writer, the differing roles of novelist and journalist and the musical journey she took in writing her latest novel.