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Gwyneth Lewis speaks with John Greening about being the first national poet of Wales, attempting to sail from Cardiff to Brazil, her experience of severe depression, the joy and challenge of finding out what you mean in both poetry and prose and her desire always to be trying new techniques in her writing.


Malachy Tallack speaks with Caroline Sanderson about how moving to Shetland as a child influenced his writing preoccupations, particularly his sense of place and the role of belonging , and how these things have come to imbue his varied fiction and non-fiction writing.


Adriana Hunter speaks with Ann Morgan about writing other people’s books, how sex scenes change between languages, the art of word games and the novels that never get to speak English.


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.

Nick Holdstock considers the attraction of travelling – and writing – without a plan and shares how an unexpected project changed his approach to fiction writing.
'I found myself trying to get into a prison, past a guard who looked me up on Wikipedia to check that I was really a poet. Inside, I read poems about growing up in the Welsh Valleys, translated into Italian for an audience of grinning prisoners.'
'I like to spend time getting my first draft right. The writing, of course, does end up on a computer. After I’ve done my original work for the day, I type it all up. This might sound like an arduous duplication of effort, but it’s actually my first edit. '
Jini Reddy on discovering travel writing and how fresh, diverse voices are pushing the boundaries of the genre.
Sonia Faleiro shares how independent booksellers – from India to Italy – have provided a refuge and a guiding light throughout her life and career.

Polly Morland speaks with Caroline Sanderson about how the skills acquired during a 15-year documentary film-making career fed into her vocational non-fiction writing, allowing her to blend ideas from self-help, psychology and philosophy with reportage of ordinary, yet extraordinary human stories.

'I love maps for their intrinsic beauty. I love them for helping me to know a little more. But I love them most of all because they are sources for my best daydreams, even now; as in my childhood, I still imagine the lives in these far-flung places. '
'A thoroughly enjoyable event for my World War One novel was based around a period afternoon tea, complete with posters, bunting and wartime recipes, and the question and answer session occurring speed-dating style as I moved around tables. '
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