Stories, Podcasts and Videos
Listen: Martyn Lewis interviews Sarah Hesketh
Hear Martyn Lewis interview the poet Sarah Hesketh about working in dementia care settings and her involvement in the Where the Heart Is residency programme and exhibition.
Writers' Room: Audrey Niffenegger
The author of 'The Time Traveller's Wife' talks to us about the future of books, inventing rules for time travel, and the ballet adaptation of her story 'The Raven Girl', which opens at the Royal Opera House in May.
Speaking Freely: Dr Purna Sen, on Violence Against Women
Purna Sen has thirty years of experience working to promote social justice. She's currently head of the Programme for African Leadership at the London School of Economics, where her work includes a focus on violence against women. We caught up with h…
Writers' Room: Neel Mukherjee
Comic books, fountain pens, and the importance of a good editor. Novelist Neel Mukherjee talks to us about his craft.
Writers' Room: Canan Marasligil on Translation
Fresh off the train from Amsterdam, Canan Marasligil starts her time as one of our Translators in Residence this month. We caught up with her to talk about her passion for comics, and the cultural barriers between Turkey and the UK.
Writers' Room: Nick Harkaway
Last Tuesday's Kitschies Awards saw Nick Harkaway's novel "Angelmaker" win the coveted Red Tentacle for being the most "intelligent, progressive and entertaining" novel containing elements of the speculative or fantastic. We caught up with Nick to as…
Writers' Room: David Varela on Games
David Varela has worked with some of the UK’s top games companies including Mind Candy, nDreams, Six to Start and Sony PlayStation, and is one of the tutors on Arvon's "Writing For Games" course. We sat down with him to ask what challenges face gam…
Writers' Room: Mark Haddon
The author of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' joins us later this month to launch English PEN's new pamphlet of prize-winning work from their Writing in Prisons programme. We spoke to him about his experience running workshops beh…
Writers' Room: Poems on the Underground
Poems on the Underground have been spreading great poetry around the tube for twenty-seven years. Next week they launch their latest selection of poems to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Underground. Nii Parkes, regular contributor to Free Wor…
Writers' Room: Matt Haig
Every Thursday we speak to someone close to Free Word with a story to tell. Matt Haig is writer and journalist, author of books for adults and children including The Dead Fathers Club and Shadow Forest. Currently Booktrust’s online Writer in Reside…
Writers' Room: Jacob Ross
Every Thursday we speak to someone close to Free Word with a story to tell.
Today Jacob Ross, the author of 'Pynter Bender', spoke to us about the snobbery around creative writing courses, and being a writer in a less patient world.
Writers' Room: Ollie Brock on Translation
Each week we speak to someone close to Free Word with a story to tell. Recently installed as one of our two Translators in Residence, Ollie Brock is a literary translator of both Spanish and French, planning to explore translation from new angles wit…