Skip to content
'Air Mail letter to my student self which has taken two months in transit: OK, so you hate being in Russia, the Soviet Union isn't what you imagined, you haven't got a clue what's going on or what anyone is saying and haven't seen a piece of fruit in months.'

Sara Wheeler speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the sources of her inspirations as a travel writer and biographer, why the future of travel writing is bright and why the writer’s job is to find hope and celebrate the individual human spirit’s survival.

'Everyone knows about Hitler and the Nazis, even primary school children — and quite right too. But why Stalin is such a mystery — not least because he arguably rivals Hitler in wickedness — I'm at a loss to explain.'
Andrea Bennett examines her writerly obsession with food, the role of food in shaping fictional characters, and whether the culinary choices we make in real life reflect who we are.
'This is most precious of all to me; Andrei Platonov has an unquenchable belief that ordinary people, however damaged, can, and will, given time, get their act together.'

Heidi Williamson speaks with John Greening about inspirations including science and traditional print processes, the importance of pattern in writing poems, her need to surprise herself and her new collection drawing on a painful section of public and personal history.


In ‘My Hero', we talk to a number of RLF writers about their personal heroes, and how those heroes have had an impact on their lives and their writing.


Nigel Cliff speaks with James McConnachie about cold war concert pianist Van Cliburn and Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, and considers their roles at turning points in history and meetings of cultures.


Esther Selsdon shares a late summer writing week featuring Stalin memorabilia, matchgirl strikes, sore toes and Soviet cinema.

Back To Top