All items: William Wordsworth

Perhaps your subject went away; the war ended; you moved from your special place; the poet of youth grew old, or became Poet Laureate.
Linda Hoy reflects on the contribution made by Thoreau to present ideas about the natural world and the value of walking to mental and physical health.
The Aegean pebble on the desk, the mug with the silly legend, the quiver of blunt pencils, the wonky chair, are vitally important coordinates like the stars to a medieval mariner. The concrete conditions in which I write are important to me.

Brian Keaney speaks with Robin Blake about growing up London Irish and the challenges of identity that presented, jumping from a secure teaching job into the precarious freelancery of writing, and how he wrote his first novel to discover the secret behind a pair of mysteries.

Ann Morgan retells the grand old myth about becoming a published author, then takes her editorial red pen to all of its inaccuracies.

Nicholas Murray dissects his own reluctance to call himself a writer, after an early career in journalism and despite having subsequently published more than twenty books in a huge variety of genres.

Poetry, furnished with ordinary people like bus drivers and sad aunts, and written in a language that was playful, witty and brand new, had an energy that was irresistibly exciting; it was the poetic cousin to The Beatles.
Crucially, it changes the way you behave. This involves being anti-social; the fact you regularly have to go into a room by yourself and not come out for hours, in some famous cases, days.
The writer in me seemed to want to go one step further and turn this response into words, readable, informative, sometimes scholarly words; something that might last.