All items: Northumberland

The connections between writing and digging – as explored in Seamus Heaney’s eponymous poem – weren’t obvious to Susan Fletcher, until she found herself working on an archeological dig in Northumberland, and discovered for herself that writing can be a kind of excavation.

Jane Feaver examines the nostalgic impulse and its relationship with the pastoral, and celebrates their combined generative power in the act of writing.

Katharine McMahon considers the role that location plays in historical fiction, and at what point a writer should go and explore it.

Max Adams explores the role that long-distance walking plays in his work and his life.

Ann Coburn considers the importance of creating a sense of place when writing for children and young adults.