All items: poetry

Julian Turner speaks with Amanda Whittington about the ways in which his psychotherapeutic practice has influenced his writing, how metaphor and creativity are important in more than just literary practice, the role of religion and the human capability to transcend experiences of cruelty.

Ian Thomson reads Dante's Divine Comedy as a spiritual journey that resonates with his own experience of addiction.

Trying to please is like trying to paint your raft a colour that someone on shore you haven't met yet might like; it's your raft, and you don't know when you'll get to that shore or who you'll meet.
Perhaps your subject went away; the war ended; you moved from your special place; the poet of youth grew old, or became Poet Laureate.
Running creative writing workshops for a variety of different groups, ranging from people in care homes to firefighters, has been a challenging, but also enriching, experience for Anna Woodford. Here, she describes some of her best and worst moments.
Fifty years after taking part in his first poetry reading as a schoolboy, Brian McCabe reflects on what reading his work aloud means to him, and how communicating directly with an audience in this way has helped to shape his writing.
Selling books is as necessary as writing them but many writers, and I am one of them, have a love-hate relationship with the marketing of their books. This nearly always results from a mismatch.

Claire Harman speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the painstaking, and sometimes obsessive art of literary biography, and how careful detective work can bring new insights into even the most written-about lives.