Skip to content
'You love Star Trek and Star Wars, because those things are like someone has gone into a laboratory and created the opposite of 1970s suburban London; don't feel guilty about enjoying popular culture by the way, it's going to have its moment.'
13-02-2020

Claire Harman speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the painstaking, and sometimes obsessive art of literary biography, and how careful detective work can bring new insights into even the most written-about lives.

06-02-2020

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about how he came to take up ghostwriting, its similarities with travel writing, the drama of being the official documenter of the troubled Castaway TV series in 2000, and the challenge of Robbie Williams versus impending deadlines.

30-01-2020

Michael McMillan takes us on a tour through his interdisciplinary creative career, spanning visual arts, theatre and other kinds of writing, collaboration and curating, in 'On Reflection'.

23-01-2020

Penny Hancock speaks with John Greening about discovering dark inner places as a crime writer, inhabiting different characters, real-life story inspirations and her writing approaches and motivations.

09-01-2020

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his first travel writing adventures in South Africa during the last days of apartheid, being sent rather unwillingly for a further book about Australia, and working out what you’re writing about as you go along.

'I met the real-life inspiration for one of the women characters, Carolyn Cassady, wife of Neal, or 'Dean' as he is known in the novel. She'd just published a memoir describing what it was really like to be a woman in the Beat world.'
'You were a journalist, an engineer and a physicist. Space is still exciting and you wouldn't believe some of the discoveries scientists have made. But sadly, aliens still haven't been in touch yet.'
12-12-2019

Ann Morgan talks to Caroline Sanderson about her ‘Reading The World’ project and books that cross borders, the role of nature and nurture in shaping identity and the benefits of the pram in the hall.

05-12-2019

Max Eilenberg speaks with John Siddique about the importance of love in children’s fiction, his previous career in publishing, retelling a traditional fairytale and his enduring enthusiasm for the work of Bob Dylan.

21-11-2019

Caitlin Davies and her father Hunter Davies let us eavesdrop on a conversation about their respective writing careers, being compulsive writers in a family of writers and generational changes in the publishing industry.

'For no good reason, certainly no reason that I can understand, I still get that weird tingling sensation when I've written something that I like. It's the obverse in many ways of the feeling I get when I read something really admirable.'
Back To Top