Conflict and Crisis
When reading novels as a writer, you will immediately notice the importance of conflict as the engine of fiction.
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Murdering your darlings
All writing is rewriting. With fiction the best test is to read your story aloud, and read it to somebody.
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Jim Crace
Jim Crace discusses his 'Work In Progress', his approach to writing, the role of literature and the challenges of the past tense.
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Jacqueline Wilson - 2007
Jacqueline Wilson talks about how she started writing, the origins of Tracy Beaker and the adaptation of her book The Suitcase Kid.
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Zoe Brigley reads from The Secret
Poet Zoe Brigley reads from her debut anthology, The Secret.
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David Morley reads from The Invisible Kings
Poet David Morley reads from his latest collection The Invisible Kings.
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Michael Frayn, 2008
Michael Frayn talks about his work, experience of the theatre and latest book 'Stage Directions'
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Michael Billington, 2008
Margaret Shewring interviews Guardian theatre critic and author Michael Billington
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Alain de Botton - 2004
Alain de Botton discusses status anxiety, how it operates today and how the notion of status has changed historically with Christianity and Western Philosophy.
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Allen Fisher - Unpolished Mirrors, 1982
Allen Fisher reads a selection of his poetry.
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David Morley - New Voices, 1991
David Morley reads a selection of his poetry and discusses his transliterations of the poems of Osip Mandelstam.
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David Morley - Invisible Kings, 2005
David Morley reads poems from his collection The Invisible Kings
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George Szirtes - Reel, 2005
George Szirtes reads poems from his collection Reel and talks about the relationship between the covers of his books (paintings by his wife Clarissa Upchurch) and his poetry, taking inspiration from Greek myth and how he plans his books.
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Alan Jenkins - Harm, 1999
Alan Jenkins reads a selection of his poetry and discusses practitioners of form in the 20th century such as Auden and Eliot, how the formal aspects of poetry are a way of bringing order to life and whether happiness can inspire poetry.
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Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001
Joanne Harris reads from her novel Five Quarters of the Orange, and discusses the family history that has inspired some of her books.
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Maureen Freely and Jane Stevenson - 2000
Maureen Freely and Jane Stevenson answer questions on to what extent they choose their subjects or their subjects choose them, the importance of research and the tension between accurate historical language and capturing the spirit of a conversation.
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Life Writing - 2000
Why is biography so popular a form in the English-speaking world? What are its advantages and dangers? Is it true that in the case of biographies of writers and other artists, interest in the life tends to eclipse serious discussion of the work?
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Roy Hattersley - 2000
Roy Hattersley and discusses his life, his approach to writing and Blood and Fire, his biography of William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army.
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Lisa Appignanesi - Love and the Novel
Lisa Appignanesi considers the subject of love and the novel and reads extracts from her book The Things We Do For Love. She discusses the treatment of love throughout the history of the novel, in particular the work of Henry James.
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Melvyn Bragg - The Soldier's Return, 1999
Melvyn Bragg talks about his novel The Soldier's Return. He discusses the death of his father which inspired The Soldier's Return, his reasons for choosing to write it as a novel rather than an autobiography and gives advice on getting published.
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