Writer, artist, filmmaker and photographer Brian Paul Bach talks about his Forward to Glory series, his characters, favourite scenes, on the nature of film adaptations, provides a full list of who he would like to play Butterbugs in a movie adaptation, the best part of his writing journey, and more.
Toni Stern enjoyed a highly productive collaboration with the singer-songwriter Carole King. Stern wrote the lyrics for several of King’s songs, most notably “It’s Too Late” for the album Tapestry. Here, with affection and insight, she examines the breadth and boundaries of family, place, language, and self, and talks about her new poetry book About As Close as I Can.
Oranmore, also known as Dominick Mereworth, is a poet and playwright. He drops by to talk about his latest book Sparkling Fountain, his inspiration, his writing process, tips for aspiring poets, typical writing day and more.
The author of The Obsidian Gates talks about the latest book in the Heart of Warrior series and how it came to fruition, the biggest surprises in the book, her special research, what keeps her writing, her influences and mentors, her other works, what’s next and lots more.
Menary’s road to this prominent role with the Academy has been a long one, the provenance of which can be traced right back to Menary’s childhood where, as a child of seven or eight she already possessed a burning passion for writing and one that she largely kept hidden. ‘It was a very covert pleasure, because I didn’t get much validation at home for that, it was all about academic, getting a secure career, that sort of thing.’
Hirst enjoys the liaison aspect of her role, assisting to demystify much of what can be an opaque industry for authors while also finding burgeoning talent. ‘I think that it’s helpful and part of the reason I do go to events and chat to people, is to try and help people get an idea of who the publishing houses are here and how the system works and try to make that a bit clearer.’
The author of In Hubble’s Shadow talks about her latest poetry book, the relationship between form and content, the value of poetry, her influences, advice for new writers, her work-in-progress, and lots more.
The author of The Bitches of Suburbia talks about the real life suburb behind her book, her inspiration, her favourite humorous books, tips for aspiring writers, reveals a few secrets including her next book, and lots more.
The author of The Watcher talks about her new novel and its inspiration, about the relationships and contrasts between The Watcher and her previous book Fifteen Words, growing up in Germany after the war, her favourite WWII novel, and lots more.
The release of Daniel Findlay’s debut novel, Year Of The Orphan, suggests that we may now be on the cusp of a new era, one in which epic titles of this ilk receive the proper attention and accolades that they so richly deserve.