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Ian Thomson speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about the writer’s need for selfishness, the use of not being comfortable in one’s own skin, subverting Englishness with JG Ballard and writing about Jamaica, Primo Levi and Haiti.

Amanda Dalton describes some of the challenges of writing dramatizations of novels, poems, and films for radio and the stage, as well as the satisfaction she feels when she gets it right.

Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about the treasure trove of her ancestors’ archives, her study of minority ethnic populations in Europe and the endangered languages that help define them, the colonial impositions of the English language, and why you should ask when you don’t know.

As a poet and novelist, Katherine Stansfield has become used to managing different creative identities. Then she decided to start writing detective fiction under a pseudonym, and things got even more complicated…

Charles Jennings speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about the lost era of career magazine journalism, how his early career consisted of being 'roped in' to everything from writing books and plays to TV work, and the pros and cons of writing to spec.

Playwright Fraser Grace makes a late reconnection with poetry — and finds that it is more essential than ever.

Michael McMillan speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about growing up in Buckinghamshire and London, the ongoing influence of his widely-toured ‘front room’ installation, the role of music in black British culture, and the important culture and politics of the 1970s.


Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about male vs female travel writing, journeys alone and with others, becoming literally radioactive during cancer treatment and chasing the past in Romania, Greece and New Zealand.

Martin Sketchley describes his lifelong love affair with typewriters, and why, for him, they will never by replaced by computers.
Dilys Rose reflects on her work as a librettist, and on the pleasures and occasional difficulties of writing words intended to be sung.

Christie Dickason speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about truthfulness in writing, why she chose the 17th century for her historical novels, and the influence on her work of being a 'wild child'.

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