Kate Colquhoun speaks with Carole Angier about the pleasures of rich source material and her need to be surprised while writing, the trials of ever-changing writing technology, and how her career as an author was started by a strawberry crinoline.
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Chris Arthur speaks with Cherise Saywell about the essay as a multifaceted and ‘heretical’ form, the notion of a ‘dangerously failed’ piece of work, and the encouraging fact that ‘If you can find the objects that speak to you, essays will follow’.
Judy Brown considers how two decades spent as a practising lawyer have impacted her experiences and processes of writing, and considers the parallels and contrasts between the law and poetry.
Martina Evans considers her unlikely literary beginnings as the youngest of ten in a County Cork family: ‘I was known as a dreamer, a fumbler, a fool; if I was so busy dreaming, how did I notice so many things? My family asked this question too, even then.’
Elizabeth Speller speaks with George Miller about her transition from non-fiction to historical fiction.