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Gerry Cambridge on the life-altering discovery that shaped his writing career and the value of a well-selected poetry anthology.
10-03-2022

Bethan Roberts explores the varying ways in which truth has transmuted into fiction in her novels, the different nature of truth in fiction versus truth in historical research, and how far she’s prepared to go when inhabiting characters who are also real people.

Lawrence Sail considers the balance between recognising things and discovering them, as experienced during the creative writing process, particularly in poetry.

'Good nature poetry is about looking, but it's also about having the right vocabulary, which most of us townies are losing. It's worth reading a few poets who really know about trees and flowers.'
Art forms often have similarities based on discipline and structure; an anecdotal look at comparisons between poetry and music by a practitioner of both.
20-02-2020

Susan Fletcher explores the experience of outsiderhood, both physical and social, and its influence on her writing, and wonders whether readers, too, are increasingly recognising themselves in outsider protagonists.

Lucy Flannery describes how an idle moment on twitter led to her accidentally writing a novel, and how the process of doing so raised old demons about her right to be an author.

Duncan Forbes describes the challenges and consolations of translating poetry and how it can help us to gain an insight into earlier times, distant cultures and other minds.
A change of place, finding a new muse, pausing on a London bridge, all can stimulate the writer's imagination again, says John Greening. From a sexual potency operation for W.B.Yeats, to Clive James’ terminal illness, there are many ways to trigger inspiration.
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