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The Writing Life: Finding ideas

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  • Interviewees

    Cope, Wendy, Duffy, Maureen, Fanthorpe, U.A., Fisher, Allen, Frayn, Michael, Fuller, John, Glendinning, Victoria, James, P.D., Lively, Penelope, Mantel, Hilary, Morpurgo, Michael, Rankin, Ian, Thwaite, Anthony

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    O'Reilly, Sarah

  • Abstract

    In this selection of extracts novelists, biographers amd poets discuss how ideas arrive. Michael Morpurgo describes the incident that convinced him he could write the story ‘War Horse’. PD James describes the geographical setting that inspired ‘Devices and Desires’.Victoria Glendinning describes why place is important for a biographer and how it can affect the very sentences you write. ‘Occasionally something happens’: poets attempt to describe the mysterious arrival of a poem. Coping with writers’ block: novelist Penelope Lively explains her dislike of the term whilst poet Allen Fisher describes how he helps his poetry-writing students cope with blocks.

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    This is a compilation of short extracts from life story oral history interview recorded by National Life Stories for the Authors' Lives project. They were published on a CD 'The Writing Life' and the individual tracks have been grouped together into themed clusters.

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