Tina Pepler speaks with Jane Draycott about the responsibility to real lives when fictionalising traumatic experiences, how the internet can’t beat talking to people for stories you didn’t even know you were looking for, and working as a mentor with young people arriving in the UK from other cultures.
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Marcy Kahan speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about rejecting the overly literary via her inner clown, writing urbane romantic comedies for radio, why fascists hate satire, and her long-running series Lunch.
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.