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What are we seeking when we visit writers’ homes? Richard Lambert considers literary tourism and shares observations from his own literary pilgrimages.

Ian Ayris reveals how stories have been his constant companions, accompanying him through the darkest periods of his life and ultimately shaping his identity.

Elizabeth Cook explores how losses of all kinds shape us and may sometimes lead us to richer discoveries.

'Poets are said to do their best work in their early years (Thom Gunn wrote Fighting Terms as a student, and how old was Helen Mort when she began?) Young poets aren’t always the best judge of what’s good, though. Editorial skills come later.'
Gerry Cambridge on the life-altering discovery that shaped his writing career and the value of a well-selected poetry anthology.

Stephen Romer speaks with John Greening about the themes and technical preoccupations of his poetry, his life in France, his poetic influences and the deeply personal source material that inspired one of his collections.

A change of place, finding a new muse, pausing on a London bridge, all can stimulate the writer's imagination again, says John Greening. From a sexual potency operation for W.B.Yeats, to Clive James’ terminal illness, there are many ways to trigger inspiration.

Nicholas Murray talks with George Miller about his book on the British poets of the first world war, and his own career as a poet, including his most recent collection of animal poems.

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