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Hub staffer discusses what inspires her to write - and reflects on what inspires others to do the same.

“Just because I am not an intellectual doesn't mean I don't read books”, William Gaddis. Miguel Fernandes Ceia presents his own, controversial view of literature and creative writing university courses.

Iphgenia Baal discusses the onerous task of getting readers to pick up her first novel.

Miguel Fernandes Ceia enjoys three weeks of political discussion, literary debate and Asian cuisine.

Hub regular Hilary Wilce returns from New York Book Week, impressed by Marion Roach Smith's approach to life writing.

Nadya Mahdi reflects on how her characters come to life... and how life has influenced her characters.

TV producer Nadya Mahdi discusses why she has eschewed documentaries for the written word… for now.

Writer and critic Miguel Fernandes Ceia suggests literary awards are designed to serve commercial interests rather than endorse the craft and art of writing.

Maria McCarthy discusses the genesis of her short story - published in February on Writers' Hub - revealing the variety of influences and sources she drew on to create her piece.

Julia Bell's recent trip with the British Council to Bangladesh provides her with fascinating insight into the role of translation in creative writing.

Maggie looks at how parenthood affects reading - and writing - habits.

Poet Miriam Nash discusses the benefits of online writing communities - specifically a new one, Writing the City, launched this month by the British Council in Singapore.

Melissa De Villiers discusses how she rewrote her story 'The Confidence Trick', which originally appeared in Mechanics' Institute Review, Issue 5, as 'Mask', which is published for the first time on the Hub.

How does becoming a mother change you as a writer, particularly if you haven't yet finished that first great novel? Maggie Womersley cuts to the chase - with a pram. 

Ahead of the Bad Sex Awards, a Hub staffer muses on the erotic in fiction.

A debut author tries his hand at publicising his book....

Our IWIE correspondent brings the questions back: this time, should those writing in English about culture that is outside the Angl0-Saxon world explain, italicise or trust....? 

An Arvon writing for radio course gives Elizabeth Sarkany a new perspective on her writing - and on her aubergine parmigiana.

In defence of creative writing teaching  - Hub staffer gets riled by Ian McEwan et al on Radio 4's Front Row special.

Hub team member, Rhiannon Smith enjoys live poetry at the Southbank's Udderbelly - and relishes a technophile's chagrin....

Aidan Cottrell-Boyce

The Writers' Hub team took themselves down to London's Southbank Centre for this year's London Literature Festival. In the first of a set of blogs about the bookish beano, Aidan Cotterell-Boyce reviews Slavoj Zizek’s talk from 5th July.

Anna Arbiter

Hub team member Anna Arbiter enjoys a challenging, if messy, lecture from Jeanette Winterson, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of her debut Oranges are not the Only Fruit.

Our regular IWIE (Indian Writing In English) contributor discusses the ’a’ word in relation to literature from the sub-continent and its Diaspora.

Hilary Wilce debates the benefits and distractions of writing competitions.

SJ Ahmed responds to Kavita Jindal’s blog about IWIE (Indian Writing In English) and poses some more question about the audience for Indian Subcontinental writing.

Tina Jackson

This year’s Hookline Book Competition winner, Jilly Wosskow’s A Young Woman’s Guide to Carrying On, is a rom-com - and is all the more satisfying for that, contends Tina Jackson.

Iphgenia Baal considers form and content from vinyl discs to Iron Age orators.

An update from Nik Korpon on his quest for publication and the virtues of the small press.

How Iphgenia Baal read - but now writes and so reads differently.

Russell Celyn Jones discusses the experience of rewriting an ancient tale.

The first of Kavita Jindal’s regular blogs on literature in the Indian sub-continent.

Jenny Beattie, member of the Novel Racers, explains how this online writing community kept her going through that difficult first draft.

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