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P.D. James Memorial Fund
11 June 2018
Feeling it and telling it, with Emyr Humphreys
Our longest-serving member.
30 May 2018
A Gentle Home-Intruder, with Hannah Silva
We caught up with Hannah Silva, writer and sound-poet, to chat writing for audio.
16 April 2018
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Radio, with David Morley
Last summer, while Dirk was working on the Hitchhiker’s adaptation, I was in France writing a play for the BBC about David Bowie...
20 March 2018
ELT Publishing with Julie Pratten
"I think the most important quality to work in publishing is resilience. You need to be determined and keep banging on doors until you get the publishing deal you are looking for."
21 February 2018
Emergence: Getting to know the TA First Translators
“It is always a tremendous privilege and I never stop feeling grateful.”
23 January 2018
A Freedom of Perspective
“You can take a radio audience anywhere, but you have to bring them back safely.”
28 November 2017
Virtually Invisible: Educational Writing with Anne Rooney
While I was finishing my PhD, I ran out of money—as just about everyone does...
05 December 2016
Wading Uphill through Peanut Butter: Crowdfunding your Book with Stevyn Colgan
'It's never been easier to get published. But it's never been harder to get noticed.'
18 November 2016
Why school librarians? With Alison Tarrant and Sophie Chalmers
'I didn’t have to change the world, but I could change someone’s world. School librarianship seemed like a brilliant way of doing this.'
17 October 2016
From non-fiction to drama with David Eldridge and Hallie Rubenhold
'TV does not understand what it can do for authors. It changes everything.'
17 October 2016
Working in Comics with Kieron Gillen
'Imagine at the age of 25 you discover pop music. You realise that it's been going on for about one hundred years and there are whole shops full of this stuff for you to explore.'
16 August 2016
Diversity and Prizes with Daljit Nagra
'Given the range of poetry on the current scene I think more prizes would ensure attention was being drawn to a wide range of poetries.'
15 June 2016
Fair Festivals with Michelle Hodgson
'At festivals the performers are the draw so we feel strongly that they should be paid.'
13 May 2016
Life after Winning, with Nadifa Mohamed
'It's difficult to know, when writing, how your work will be perceived, the process of a private work becoming public is very difficult but awards can soften the blow... '
21 April 2016
Tax Tips, with Barry Kernon
'GLP cover is reasonable and the premium is extremely low. I would recommend it to any author.'
15 March 2016
Access for All, with Dawn Finch
'There is a natural affinity between writers and librarians and I've found each role useful to the other.'
19 February 2016
Book Publicity, with Yassine Belkacemi
'...if you try to work it to a set formula and apply it to each book you work on it is unlikely you will realise the potential of that book'
15 January 2016
The Under-Translated Language, with Deborah Smith
'In publishing, 'universal' seems to be code for white, male, and middle-class, which is lazy, damaging and just plain boring.'
16 November 2015
Non-Fiction, with Anne Rooney
'Less confident readers are not less interested in the world or intellectually able than fluent or keen readers'
16 October 2015
Being a Debut, with Joanna Barnard
'...you've nothing to lose if you keep trying, and everything to regret if you don't. Get resilient. Listen to feedback. Get better. Get knocked, get up and go back for more.'
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