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Lesley Glaister recounts how her father’s death led her to research his experiences as a prisoner of war during WWII and fuelled a fiction project that almost defeated her.
Charlie Hill on how the closure of a train station, and an unplanned overnight in Leicester, led him to question his long-held beliefs about what makes effective writing.
Jeremy Treglown considers the allure of working with historical archives and shares some literary anecdotes from a lifetime of documentary research.
'As well as learning about history it was good for our reflexes because we had to be on the ball and duck or else you could get killed or just knocked out like Vivienne Pryce-Jones who took a direct hit between the eyes from a German Fokker.'
Miranda Miller explores three major literary works published in 1922 and finds parallels between the social and political background that inspired them and our present decade.

Julianne Pachico speaks with Caroline Sanderson about growing up in Colombia at an unstable and threatening time, how horror and suspense fiction have influenced her work, and how she marries the demands of teaching creative writing with those of producing her own work.

'Writers, especially women, manage to write in all sorts of places. At the corner of the kitchen table while they knead the bread, in damp dugouts with shells raining down on their heads, in grim bedsits at the end of a long working day...'

Lydia Syson speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about moving into fiction and ghostwriting, her enthusiasm for history and her ethical motivations, the role of luck in publishing and the myths of writerly machismo.


Lydia Syson speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about childhood freedom in Botswana, how Critical Theory nearly destroyed her writing career, history as vicarious travel and her obsessive accuracy when it comes to historical and geographical details.

Rebecca Mascull on the value of finding the social and human elements in historical research and how interviewing a World War Two veteran enriched her writing life.
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