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Deborah Chancellor considers the hobby of collecting and how her childhood obsession with sugar papers informed her development as a writer.
Roy Bainton on the importance of journalistic integrity, his literary sin, and how he gave his radio career the coup de grâce.
'When your father tells you how he ran home from the cinema in the Blitz, to discover his house had been bombed, make him tell you how he felt. Right now, you think there is always tomorrow, but stories can die too, if they're never told.'
16-06-2022

Paul Dowswell speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about the constraints of the publishing industry, the importance of drama in the stories you choose to write, and what he wants to convey to young readers about zealotry and totalitarianism.

09-06-2022

Paul Dowswell speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about childhood classics such as Molesworth and Noggin the Nog, starting out in publishing as an image researcher, writing to order as a staff member and then freelancer, and knowing what you’re good at.

C. D. Rose investigates the allure of famous incomplete and lost texts and asks why we are so fascinated by these elusive literary works.
'Everyone knows about Hitler and the Nazis, even primary school children — and quite right too. But why Stalin is such a mystery — not least because he arguably rivals Hitler in wickedness — I'm at a loss to explain.'
Gerry Cambridge on the life-altering discovery that shaped his writing career and the value of a well-selected poetry anthology.
'My personal favourite — one of the most startlingly inept sequences in thrillerdom's history — when Richard Hannay is on the run in Scotland and he takes refuge in an isolated house, which turns out to be the baddies' HQ. '
27-01-2022

Emma Darwin speaks with Ann Morgan about learning to write novels by doing it, balancing research and storytelling and writing what you come to know as well as what you already understand.

Brian McCabe recalls the early influences that inspired him to become a writer and remembers the unconventional teacher who encouraged his first outing as a poet.
09-12-2021

Maggie Butt (also published as Maggie Brookes) speaks with Ann Morgan about the transition from being a published poet to an internationally published novelist, the resilience writing requires and the challenge of choosing a pen name.

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