All items: William Burroughs

I met the real-life inspiration for one of the women characters, Carolyn Cassady, wife of Neal, or 'Dean' as he is known in the novel. She'd just published a memoir describing what it was really like to be a woman in the Beat world.

Horatio Clare speaks with James McConnachie about the pleasures and plights of Welsh sheep-farming, the creative criminal record of his youth, and why writers should 'live it and leave it until it's ready' when using real life as material.

The suburbs have often been dismissed as dull, but for Charles Jennings, they are a source of inspiration, offering a calm and neutral space in which his imagination can run wild.