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22-02-2024

RLF writers explore the link between creativity and the world beyond the desk, touching on the role of exercise, the plight of the environment and the challenges of family life.

'If I’ve put in enough hours, if I’ve proved to the Muse that I am dedicated and loyal, there comes a time when she does arrive, unexpectedly and unannounced, in all her golden glory. And when this happens I don’t have time for inspirational quotes. '
26-10-2023

Michaela Morgan speaks with Ann Morgan about becoming a reader by accident, writing for reluctant readers, using stories to unlock people and the importance of not writing down to children.

'Unplayable, my first novel for younger readers, was inspired by the need to write a bestseller as I teetered on the brink of bankruptcy back in 2008. I called a crisis meeting with a bottle of wine, and by the time I went to bed I had the plot. '
Pauline Rowe considers the unique skills required as a writer working in community settings and argues that this ‘hidden’ work has much to offer writers, beyond the pay packet.
'The chances are W. G. Grace himself was born with less fuss than my opening paragraph. By lunchtime I had given him a date of birth, an address, two parents and four grandparents. In the process I had become a gibbering wreck.'
'I have a very low boredom threshold, so if I bore myself, I know I’ll bore you and you’ll put me aside. Even when wading through the endless stream of W. G. Grace’s cricket statistics, I always wanted to breathe life and drama into individual matches.'
'I would move to a new story each week, regardless what shape a piece was in. Ultimately, I coached myself, I can make it better later. The goal was to generate acceptable drafts of twelve stories by Christmas. Stay positive, keep the work rate up. '
'Deadlines in the theatre, in my experience, are more negotiable. But they are vital. Their effect is best summed up by that old dictum: Nothing concentrates the mind like the hangman’s noose. It makes the writer write. '
10-11-2022

Jonathan Edwards speaks with John Greening about Welsh tradition and the impact of Welsh nationalism in poetry, writing about family in the context of truth and fiction, the impact of winning a major poetry prize and the Bic 4-way pen as the most essential tool in his creative process.

'I travelled the county, then the country, then the world. I met all kinds of people. I met girls. I shook hands with now disgraced royals. And swimming got me into writing; an anonymous report on the triumphs of one 'P. Mason' in the local paper...'
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