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Margo Jefferson & Guy Gunaratne
Guy Gunaratne interviewed Margo Jefferson after the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize was announced, and they discussed her prize-winning book, Constructing a Nervous System.
Sabrina Orah Mark & Martin Riker
‘I don’t know if you’ve ever held a fairy tale in your hand, but it has this amazing pliability.’
Sabrina Orah Mark and Martin Riker on fairy tales, form and the imaginary realm.
Tom Bullough & Ben Rawlence
‘People may not want realism but it’s still our job to try and supply it in compelling and truthful ways.’
Tom Bullough and Ben Rawlence on writing into the climate crisis.
Constance Debré & Chris Kraus
‘It was a bit like Saint Augustine and his conversion.’
Constance Debré and Chris Kraus on queer identity, casual sex and the politics of refusal.
Pico Iyer & Caryl Phillips
‘The immigrant’s dream – that he or she can make a better life for the children – becomes a kind of tragedy when it comes true.’
Pico Iyer and Caryl Phillips discuss migration, V. S. Naipaul and the meaning of home.
Amina Cain & Patrick Cottrell
‘Without obsession, I don’t think I’d get anywhere.’
Two authors discuss atmosphere, obsession and going ‘too far’.
Ira Mathur & Monique Roffey
Ira Mathur and Monique Roffey discuss memoir-writing in the Caribbean and the enduring legacy of colonial rule in Trinidad.
Kamila Shamsie & Sunjeev Sahota
A conversation between Kamila Shamsie and Sunjeev Sahota.
Momtaza Mehri & Warsan Shire
Momtaza Mehri and Warsan Shire talk about nineties London, parentification and diasporic inheritances.
Leslie Jamison & Margo Jefferson
‘The self is the work of art. Criticism puts that self in the service of other art.’
The authors discuss the multiplicity of the self, the idea of necessity, and how to work with what you lack.
Mary Jean Chan & Andrew McMillan
The authors of Flèche and physical discuss the state of queer poetry in Britain, how to make poetry alive and what an anthology can mean.
Jo Hamya & Okechukwu Nzelu
The authors discuss music, the internet’s gamified reading culture and reading your reviews.
Eva Baltasar & Irene Solà
‘The tide carries my books from my head to a place that is no longer mine.’
The authors discuss friendship, the sea and finishing their novels.