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Linda Cracknell speaks with Doug Johnstone about starting to write short stories 'because they were short', the interaction between writing and place, her first novel set in the remote landscape of Caithness and her creative non-fiction work 'Doubling Back'.

Donny O’Rourke visits old haunts in Dumfries and the Borders, ghosted by the bards of Scotland’s past, for the liminal Celtic festival of Samhain.

Julian Turner considers the usefulness of imagination, not just to the writer, but also to the exile and the abused child, and suggests that metaphorical thinking may be psychologically essential.

Donny O’Rourke speaks with Geoff Hattersley about American influences, anthologising a golden age of Scottish poetry, his love of travel, and how you distinguish a poem from a song.

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