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Jeremy Treglown speaks with Ann Morgan about choosing biographical subjects, the fallibility of memory, trying to tell real-life stories fairly and the experience of being a critic as well as an author.

The fact is, Dahl used racist, anti-Semitic, classist, and viciously cruel language in his books. The fact is, I never noticed. My mind was raised, and raised up, by Roald Dahl. Here's the thing. I have no interest in rewriting other people’s books.
'When my mum went to visit you in hospital a few weeks before you died, no more than a year into retirement, you said you felt cheated, that you’d never done anything on this earth you wanted to. I want to tell you, you did everything Mrs B.'
'Select a book from my shelves, open it and you’ll find an unconventional bookmark — a Post-it note, a child’s drawing, even a prescription for folic acid never collected. My bookshelves contain secrets; I plot my life through the books I’ve read.'
When Penny Hancock switched the beds in her home she didn’t expect it to cause writers’ block. Here she examines how her habit of writing under the covers has proved essential to her process and how this simple piece of furniture can be symbolic, both on and off the page.

Anna Wilson speaks with Caroline Sanderson about wild swimming and taking the plunge with her writing, keeping a child’s eye view of the world and how a blog about grief led to the writing of her first book for adults - a memoir of her mother.

'I have prints of white flowers by Georgia O’Keefe, and Hannah McVicar; a set of wooden angel wings from one of my closest friends. I only have books that are useful or inspirational to the writing process, and my own published works are here. '

Julianne Pachico speaks with Caroline Sanderson about growing up in Colombia at an unstable and threatening time, how horror and suspense fiction have influenced her work, and how she marries the demands of teaching creative writing with those of producing her own work.


Anna Wilson and our host Julia Copus speak about three objects that have a special significance in Anna's writing life, and Anna passes on three of her top writing tips, in 'Three Little Things'.

'They all had Things. Some of them sang. Some of them danced. Some of them wore funny clothes and sang and danced. I hadn't got a memo about doing anything like that. Didn't you just do readings at festivals? Or get asked questions?'
Deborah Chancellor considers the hobby of collecting and how her childhood obsession with sugar papers informed her development as a writer.
Mark Blayney asks whether we should meet our literary heroes and recalls a pivotal childhood encounter that led to his becoming a writer.
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