All items: Philip Pullman

Be yourself. Write the story that is growing in your head, not the one you think an editor might like to read. Be. Yourself.
Let's face it. Basically, you're on your own, and ultimately, boringly, it's discipline isn't it? Fiction and non-fiction, the same rules apply.
Style and form are all find and dandy, I'm sure they do wonders for my poor old brain, but sometimes I hanker after a good story. Luckily there are plenty of them about, and some happen to be beautifully written too.
Once I start on a novel I write every day and become captivated by the way the story unfolds. Although as author I am notionally in charge, in fact I write to find what happens next.

Roopa Farooki explores what it’s like to be brown when all your childhood literary heroes are white, and explains why representation matters if we want to draw more children into reading.

Ray French considers his Irish roots and adopted British identity, and how, in writing about the Irish experience in Britain, he inhabits ‘that fascinating space between home and exile.’

Eleanor Updale speaks with Kona Macphee about 'all-ages' writing, the ills of contemporary education and the wonder of London’s underground sewers.