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Anthony Shadid | Interview

Anthony Shadid & Ted Hodgkinson

‘It’s very difficult to say what kind of Iraq is going to emerge from this trauma. I think we have to wait a generation.’

Anushka Jasraj | Interview

Anushka Jasraj

‘I’ve never really had any readership, apart from fellow writers who have been forced to read my stories in writing workshops.’

Astrid Alben In Conversation: Podcast

Astrid Alben

Astrid Alben discusses her work, the interdisciplinary journal Pars, and developing a poetic alter ego.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi | Five Things Right Now

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

‘The only recurring emotion I remember experiencing was a kind of manic delight at procrastinating.’

Bani Abidi | Interview

Bani Abidi & Saskia Vogel

‘I prefer to engage with things I may or may not find important at my own discretion, and feel a bit throttled by the world’s anxious curiosity about Pakistan.’

Banyan

Robert Olen Butler

‘I wake and it’s dark and a woman is beside me, naked and small, and she is waking too and the room is still heavy with the incense she burned for her dead.’

Barbara Ras and Matthew Dickman In Conversation

Matthew Dickman & Barbara Ras

‘They happen organically. If a can of Pepsi shows up it’s because I was thinking about a can of Pepsi.’

Ben Lerner | Interview

Ben Lerner & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I have no memory of intending to write a novel.’

Ben Markovits | Podcast

Benjamin Markovits & Yuka Igarashi

Ben Markovits in conversation with Yuka Igarashi on minor-league baseball and his experiences as a writer.

Ben Okri | Interview

Ben Okri & Saskia Vogel

‘Whenever we use the word beauty or we feel it, it comes from a sense of something indefinable.’

Bilal Tanweer | Interview

Bilal Tanweer & Ollie Brock

‘In my writing, the voice is the primary concern for me, and most of the time I construct everything else from it.’

Bill Morgan | Interview

Bill Morgan

‘We’ve fallen out of the habit of writing out our lives for one another, and instead we just pick up the phone.’

Binyavanga Wainaina | Podcast

Binyavanga Wainaina & Ellah Allfrey

Binyavanga Wainaina talks to Ellah Allfrey about meeting the expectations of an African readership and what to do with a bad review.

Brad Feuerhelm | Podcast

Brad Feuerhelm & Ted Hodgkinson

Brad Feuerhelm spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about the stories that lie behind his images from the issue and how his work is informed by his love of horror movies.

Brad Watson | Interview

Brad Watson & Patrick Ryan

‘This story did emerge from the single image of the mother, angry, vacuuming while her three boys watched television, a little dumbfounded and afraid. That’s a memory from my childhood that’s always stuck with me.’

Brigitte Grignet | Interview

Brigitte Grignet & Daniela Silva

‘Places sitting at the edges of the world are often destroyed in the name of so-called development.’

Bruce Chatwin | Interview

Bruce Chatwin & Michael Ignatieff

‘We have everything here, but I always wish I was somewhere else. It's a condition that makes one very difficult to live with.’

Carlos Yushimito and Santiago Roncagliolo In Conversation

Carlos Yushimito & Santiago Roncagliolo

‘We shouldn’t just study people through their archives, but also by being witness to their dreams.’

Catherine Chung | Interview

Catherine Chung & Ollie Brock

‘I think my interest in mathematics was that of a writer: I was always trying to translate it back into a story.’

Catherine Chung | Interview

Catherine Chung & Patrick Ryan

‘I think that my appreciation of what’s considered beautiful or elegant in math definitely carried over into what I appreciate in other fields as well. ’

Catherine Lacey | Five Things Right Now

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

Catherine Lacey | Interview

Catherine Lacey & Louise Scothern

‘It's uncomfortable, at times, to be alive, so I see no reason why a voice in fiction shouldn't be also.’

Charles Simic | Interview

Charles Simic & Rachael Allen

Charles Simic is one of today's most prolific poets. He speaks with poetry editor Rachael Allen about poetic movements, simple dishes and tragicomedy.

Charlotte Roche | Interview

Charlotte Roche & Philip Oltermann

‘I love that image. Me flying over Germany, throwing sex bombs into people’s minds.’

Chinelo Okparanta | Interview

Chinelo Okparanta & Yuka Igarashi

‘I wanted to be sure to approach their resistance to Nnenna’s homosexuality from a practical perspective – one of fear, rather than one of hate.’

Chloe Aridjis | Interview

Chloe Aridjis & Ted Hodgkinson

‘What really struck me was the way the Suffragettes were pathologized, and the way women who took a political stance were deemed ‘hysterical’ in some way.’

Chris Dennis | Interview

Chris Dennis & Ellah Allfrey

‘A story is a dream, and no matter how fantastic the dream is, it’s still constructed from reality.’

Claire Vaye Watkins | Podcast

Claire Vaye Watkins & Ted Hodgkinson

‘These are stories that capture sudden, unexpected intimacies and unearth alternate family mythologies in seemingly innocuous objects.’

Colin Robinson | Podcast

Colin Robinson & Ted Hodgkinson

Colin Robinson reads from his memoir ‘Paddleball’ in Granta 122: Betrayal and talks to Ted Hodgkinson about how an old brotherly friction re-emerged during a game in New York, and how gym culture has changed the way we view our bodies.

Cynan Jones | Podcast

Cynan Jones & Ted Hodgkinson

Cynan Jones spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about why he doesn’t want to be defined as a Welsh writer, the pleasures and challenges of writing short stories and novellas and writing about the growing pains of adolescence.

D.T. Max | Podcast

D.T. Max

D.T. Max on about why ‘David always wanted to be one David’, the solace he found in twelve-step programmes and what his use of wiper-fluid, on a car ride with Jonathan Franzen, reveals about his prose style.

Daisy Johnson and Alan Trotter In Conversation

Daisy Johnson & Alan Trotter

Daisy Johnson and Alan Trotter discuss their latest novels, how they approach research, and the ways in which myths, horror movies and detective fiction influence their writing.

Dan Rhodes | Interview

Dan Rhodes & Ted Hodgkinson

‘My work tends to be about people who struggle to understand what’s going on around them. I can’t think why that would be.’

Danez Smith and Kaveh Akbar In Conversation

Danez Smith & Kaveh Akbar

Danez Smith and Kaveh Akbar share sublime food experiences, discuss their latest collections and ask one another how best to bring community into poetry.