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Diana Evans takes us to a writer’s retreat in upstate New York, where she considers how race is a theme that seems imposed on black writers, obligating them to rage against racial injustice. Her characters, she says, have the right to be human first, 'to be ordinary.'

Cynan Jones considers place and authenticity in the storytelling process. 'Risk being unique or aim for palatable? That’s the choice, in writing as in wine-making.'

‘Recording these things as I look at them and telling you about them as exactly as I can gives me a deep pleasure. I think that is why I started writing.’
‘A new feeling emerges, a desire to bear witness to the dignity and passion of our human lives. To write with as much simple presence and transparency as possible.’