All items: Penny Hancock

Penny Hancock speaks with John Greening about discovering dark inner places as a crime writer, inhabiting different characters, real-life story inspirations and her writing approaches and motivations.

Perhaps you will become a successful lace-seller, or a designer, or work in fashion, which might well be preferable to being a writer? But you're not listening, are you? Okay, well don't despair.

Dipo Agboluaje explains how migrating from London to his family’s homeland of Nigeria as a young boy shaped his interest in playwriting, with inspiration along the way from diverse mythologies.

Penny Hancock wonders when it's legitimate, if your professional occupation leaves you free to manage your own time and involves an activity other people do simply for pleasure, to say that writing is your career?

Her mother’s worsening dementia made Penny Hancock realise how important it is for people to feel at home — and why so many writers identify with a specific place.
These asylum seekers who had come in search of escape, were instead caught in another trap. I, in search of escape too, was spending my nights teaching in what was, in effect, a prison.
If my dad's admonishment not to give up had come from anyone else I might have ignored it, but I wanted to honour his unwavering belief in me ever since I'd proudly shown him my dreadful stories in those badly-illustrated notebooks.
I gather thoughts as I go; if I am right at the beginning of a novel I will have written down an idea that came to me on the train, or in the night, or whilst out on a run, and I might need it now.
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