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.
I love researching and I sometimes wonder if I choose a subject for a novel so I can read about it.
I'll never forget the delight of that reverential calm as thirty-five young teenagers sat before me, spellbound, silently turning the pages; each engrossed.
Recently I fell out of love with the written word; so glib, so manipulable and so manipulative. I started resenting the little plastic worlds it makes, its booming authority and its eternal set-in-stone endurance.
Cal Smyth describes the true events that inspired his Balkan-set crime series, and celebrates some of the writers who pioneered the real-life crime genre.
Dipo Agboluaje speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about Britain and Nigeria, the big dreams of his characters and his knack of combining satire with character development, and the necessity for diverse playwrights to aim for the mainstream.
Having lived in Italy for twenty years, Tobias Jones has come to realise that his literary style has been affected in more ways than he might have anticipated by his habitual use of Italian. Here he describes how this ‘linguistic exile’ has shaped his writing.