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Rose Collis explains the full-circle of her writing and performing career, and shares a treasured possession from her biographee Nancy Spain.
'Izzo's special contribution to literature is known as 'Mediterranean noir'; crime fiction which depicts a natural paradise poisoned by corruption, drugs, organised crime, money-laundering and political failure.'
'You'll contort yourself into someone you don't recognise, and become an aching, howling hole that even your sister can't love, and then surface with all the understanding you need, to write the novels you dreamed of writing.'

RLF Trustee Joanna Trollope speaks with Caroline Sanderson about how Freudian psychology changed fiction, updating Jane Austen, taking children seriously in her writing and being inspired by 'preoccupying situations'.


Courttia Newland speaks with Catherine O'Flynn about childhood inspiration from TV and music, his doubts about diversity initiatives in publishing and the threads linking his work across different media and genres.

'It's not so much individual works of literature that transform, as Literature itself; the great smorgasbord of these vividly imagined, precisely delineated worlds, the astonishing was a book can hold you.'
'Gardener's block? Let's try that: "I simply can't mow this lawn; I don't know where to start! How do you cut grass anyway?" It's impossible to imagine.'

Alyson Hallett tells of how her words came to be carved in stone and laid down in a pavement in the centre of Bath.

Donny O'Rourke pens a testament to the enduring and evolving nature of Glasgow tenements, stone stoics in a city that endlessly cannibalises itself.


Charles Jennings speaks with Catherine O'Flynn about regionalism, the utility of suburbs where 'calm starts to shade into very slight boredom', and what he might have done in a different life.

'Like a lot of writers when I read something I enjoy, part of my mind is also deconstructing it. My subconscious brain continues to work even when I am supposedly relaxed and on holiday.'
'That winter in France I looked at the world around me with wonder; much like snowboarding, writing is about freedom and control, and the happy union of these opposites.'
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