All items: Samuel Johnson

So much more satisfactory than speech; you can correct it, remould it, hone it ceaselessly, if you like, before you deliver it. The pleasure is not just in the moment, it can be lasting.

Martina Evans speaks with Julia Copus about her work as a hospital radiographer, the influence of dream lives, and why she’s said ‘no’ to fiction.

From the days of Dr Johnson onwards, coffee has played a significant part in writers’ lives —and in those of film-makers and songwriters, too. Donny O’Rourke looks at some of the most celebrated examples, and considers how coffee has enhanced his own experience over the years.
Catherine Czerkawska considers the pleasures and drawbacks of writing a series of novels, looking at various celebrated examples, from Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and wondering if she too has the stamina to sustain a lengthy series.

Lyn Webster Wilde speaks with George Miller about Becoming the Enchanter, a very personal exploration of the hidden world of Britain’s native traditions, which takes her to ancient places in search of enduring spiritual meaning.