All items: short story

I immediately understood how I could write a similar story, and I promised myself when I returned to England I would do just that. It took me a while to recover but later that year I made good on my promise.
Call me crazy but after that first novel was out I avoided libraries. Books became alien; standing in a bookshop one afternoon I felt physically sick, so strong was my aversion.

Meaghan Delahunt speaks with Cherise Saywell about revolutionary beginnings, the physical nature of her writing and drafting process, being a 'citizen of nowhere' and the pressure on Australian writers to conform to Colonial perceptions of their country.

Elanor Dymott explains how an encounter with the tangible aspects of photography, during deeply immersive research for her second novel, almost stopped her being a novelist.

Alex Martin considers whether it's better to be a man of action, or to live a more contemplative life. Or can a writer do both?

I became the Silent One, impossible for teachers to assess; a passive spectator at seminars, hating myself for being unable to speak up even when I knew the right answer.
Editing one’s own work can be a painful process, argues Nick Holdstock. Most writers are reluctant to ‘kill their darlings’, in Faulkner’s famous phrase. But if one can overcome this feeling, it can only make for a better work. At least that’s what he tells himself.

Laura Hird speaks with Geoff Hattersley about her beginnings as a writer of bleak and gritty short stories, the real reason her first novel was written in four different voices, and how she gave her mother a literary afterlife in ‘Dear Laura’.