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'My friend’s untimely death galvanised me: I went on an Arvon course, primed by the book she had told me to read, my head stuffed with the English Civil War. As I sat at Lumb Bank, I saw a man sailing away from England. He trailed destruction... '
08-10-2020

Tania Hershman explores the cornucopia of libraries offered by the great northern city of Manchester, including private and public collections and modern trimmings including digital pianos and foosball tables.

Rick Stroud takes us to St James’ Square and the quiet sanctuary of the London Library, a private and productive space beloved by writers and readers alike.

Martin Sketchley describes his lifelong love affair with typewriters, and why, for him, they will never by replaced by computers.
'From the Starship Enterprise to Star Wars, it's wall-to-wall screens with not a bookshelf in sight; when books do appear in future homes they're usually part of a dystopian vision.'
14-06-2018

Catherine O’Flynn dissects her enthusiasm for failed utopias, such as the ghost real estate ventures of the Spanish Riviera, and the influence of growing up surrounded by the 'bizarre and melancholy landscaped public spaces' of Birmingham.

Siân Rees takes us to Asunción in Paraguay, where magical realism makes sense and ghosts haunt the landscape and the imagination.

Adaptations are everywhere. Less common is for writers themselves to work across different genres and different media. Linda Buckley-Archer explores what might happen when stories become ‘portable’. What, for writers, are the benefits and risks?
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