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Mark Blayney on the practice of ekphrastic writing – writing that responds to a work of visual art – and the many stories to be found in other artists’ creations.
'Niall Griffiths' advice was to turn it all around. He burst open the hole I'd dug for myself; suddenly, magically, there was light. Or there was once I'd got back home after having stopped to vomit in almost every lay-by on the length of the A470...'

Ruth Thomas explains how the publishing industry went cool on her genre, and how a 60p discovery at a charity book fair helped her regain her mission and extend her range.

Mimi Thebo considers the myriad ways writers can fail, and describes how she came back from failure, and before that, from something even more serious.


Charles Boyle speaks with Julia Copus about literary gender-swapping, the role that small presses have to play in today’s publishing world, and how serendipity has helped shape his life and career.


Livi Michael speaks with Frances Byrnes about the longstanding appeal of the epic, and of the writer’s need for courage.

The 1549 ‘Prayer Book Rebellion’ was a revolt against the imposition of language as well as that of religion. To capture the earthy, rebellious spirit of the era, historian and novelist Tobias Jones tried to resurrect its language.
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