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Journalist Hattie Crisell visits the studies of writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists and more – to find out how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better.

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Journalist Hattie Crisell visits the studies of writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists and more – to find out how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better.

    Episode 10: Charlie Brooker, screenwriter

    Episode 10: Charlie Brooker, screenwriter

    In this last episode of the series, Charlie Brooker – the man behind Black Mirror, the BBC’s Wipe shows, Dead Set, Nathan Barley, TV Go Home and more – invites me into his messy, makeshift study. We talk about his unique career trajectory, the process of writing a Netflix show, and the ongoing, necessary pain of taking feedback on your work. Logo by Ben Neale

    • 48 min
    Episode 9: Anna Hope, novelist

    Episode 9: Anna Hope, novelist

    This week, in a garden cabin in Sussex, I speak to Anna Hope: the author of two historical novels – Wake and The Ballroom – and Expectation, one of the most talked-about books of 2019. Anna was an actress when, in her early thirties, she started taking creative writing courses; she reflects on that transition, the struggles she went through before being published, and how she found her flow as an author. Logo by Ben Neale

    • 44 min
    Episode 8: Andrew Billen, feature writer and interviewer

    Episode 8: Andrew Billen, feature writer and interviewer

    For a while I’ve been looking for a chance to pick Andrew Billen’s brain about how he writes his insightful, revealing profiles of celebrities and politicians for The Times, and in this episode I visit him at his family home in Oxford to do just that. Andrew looks back on 30 years of interviews, talks me through his ‘essay plan’, and reveals some of the most and least successful encounters he’s had in his career. Logo by Ben Neale

    • 46 min
    Episode 7: Emma Jane Unsworth, novelist and screenwriter

    Episode 7: Emma Jane Unsworth, novelist and screenwriter

    The author of Animals and Adults – and winner of Best Debut Screenwriter at last year’s British Independent Film Awards – Emma Jane Unsworth welcomes me into her twinkly Brighton flat. She talks about how to overcome the moments of self-loathing that come with any creative project; postnatal depression and recovery; and why she never gets the ending right on a first try. Logo by Ben Neale

    • 44 min
    Episode 6: Andre Aciman, novelist

    Episode 6: Andre Aciman, novelist

    Author of Call Me By Your Name and its recent sequel Find Me, Andre Aciman tells me what it’s like to see your novel get a second life in film (and the new flock of young fans who followed); why he has no interest in realism, and why it’s valuable to read all your reviews.

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    • 36 min
    Episode 5: Holly Bourne, young-adult fiction writer

    Episode 5: Holly Bourne, young-adult fiction writer

    Holly Bourne invites me into her study/spare room to talk about her prolific career as a YA writer – and her recent novels for adults, including the bestselling How Do You Like Me Now?. She explains why her writing is a kind of activism, and why being honest about life – including all the sex and swearing – is the only way to get through to readers in the most vulnerable moments of their teenage years.

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    • 42 min

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For readers and writers too

Hattie has the happy talent of being able to winkle information out of her interviewees, giving fascinating insights into the story behind the stories. And it all begins with a nosy poke around where the writer writes. A simple start that leads into all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies.

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Straight up honest writing chat

Really enjoying this podcast, conversations are natural and sincere. No try hard antics, just good people talking good craft. Inspiring to listen to.

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