Robyn Marsack speaks with Cherise Saywell about how her interest in the literature of WW1 led her to the work of Edmund Blunden, about discovering her own grandfather’s WW1 writings, and an astonishing literary surprise.
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Jane Rogoyska speaks with Frances Byrnes about being drawn to her father’s homeland of Poland, telling hidden stories from that country’s brutal history, and how the frustrations of film production drove her to writing.
Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about male vs female travel writing, journeys alone and with others, becoming literally radioactive during cancer treatment and chasing the past in Romania, Greece and New Zealand.