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FEATURES   (Page 3 of 4)

On the centenary of Scott's expedition to the South Pole, Jean McNeil chronicles her own voyage to Antarctica.

'Each day we see more and more ice. As we sail into a shifting matrix of sea-ice everything is in motion.  Icebergs assail each other, they grind and groan. The sea is soupy with ice. The air stings'...

The high-brows and low-brows unite at last against a new threat—the wild, untamed indie-brow.

Toby Litt proposes some theories to explain the subversive undertones of J.G. Ballard's writing - subterranean tunnelling or something more sinister...

Julia Bell discusses the role of truth in fiction as part of the Birkbeck BA Creative Writing 'Life of a Writer Series'.

SJ Ahmed met with novelist Joanna Briscoe and discussed the moors and the similarly 'tough and unpredictable terrain' of novel writing.

Kavita Bhanot

Kavita Bhanot introduces 'Too Asian, Not Asian Enough': An Anthology of New British Asian Fiction.

Gavin James Bower is the author of two novels. His second Made in Britain, concerning three teenagers living in a deprived town in the North of England and seeking escape through drink and drugs, has just been published by Quartet. John Lucas interviewed him recently.

‘Put yourself in the story’ is the advice most often given to non-fiction writers, though like all advice, it’s easier said than done. The problem is that everyone’s heard of the unreliable narrator, so the moment you start wielding the upright pronoun your readers’ suspicions are aroused.

Canadian novelist Jean McNeil shares her personal reflections on being in New York on 9/11 in a new memoir piece which is exclusive to the Hub. A harrowing account of the trauma of that day is mixed with reflections on her own upbringing in a haunting piece of work.

The Hub's specialist in Indian Writing in English reviews the work of 'the Jane Austen of India' - a writer who has been able to examine Indian women's lives without being bound by either the strictures of Austen's age, or the fashionable tropes of contemporary popular culture.

With two succesful novels under her belt, and acclaim from the literary establishment, Jenn Ashworth's work ethic carries her through, as she discusses with Hilary Wilce.

Now with a little distance from the 'tornadic swirl' of reviews of DFW's posthumously published unfinished novel, John Lucas examines the work and reflects on Wallace's contribution to post-modern literature.

Conflict-torn lands often produce fiction that goes beyond characters and their historical predicament. In an article that accompanies his interview with Mirza Waheed, author of The Collaborator, Miguel Fernandes Ceia discusses how conflict delves into deep human recesses. 

Hub staffer Miguel Fernandes Ceia discusses fiction and its relation to political turmoil in Kashmir with Mirza Waheed, author of The Collaborator.

The short-story writer describes the genisis of her latest collection - providing insight into how a set of ideas moved from one form to another, finally ending up as interlinked short stories, one of which, Don't Eat the Prawn, the Hub is privileged to publish.  

Jill McGivering

Hub regular and BBC correspondent Jill McGivering - whose own novel The Last Kestrel, is set in Afghanistan - seemed the ideal person to interview Sunjeev Sahota about Ours Are the Streets - his book about the genesis of a suicide bomber: she finds him candid and confident about tackling the issues involved.

Hub regular and Orange Prize shortlisted Monique Roffey interviews her fellow Trinidadian writer about Is Just a Movie, his first novel in more than a decade, Black Power, and smallness.

Birkbeck creative writing teachers, Russell Celyn Jones, Julia Bell, Benjamin Wood and Jonathan Kemp pick some of their favourite reads of the past year.

The Pakistani-born novelist discusses politics, growing up under Zia and the challenges facing Pakistani women writers with regular Hub contributor SJ Ahmed.  

Hub regular, Melissa De Villiers, interviews the Man Booker 2010 prize winner about life, laughs and, of course, finally winning the elusive gong.

Alex Preston

Author of This Bleeding City discusses what drove him to give up his City career, what the future holds for him as a writer and what lessons hopeful authors can learn.

The author of Among Thieves reflects on her own position as a white British author and the wider issue of fiction in multicultural Britain.

Crime writer from hard-boiled Bloomsbury meets another who calls nineteenth-century St. Petersburg his manor... 

The author of the acclaimed Black Rock meets fellow Trinidadian, author of the Orange Prize short-listed White Woman on the Green Bicycle.

Robert Hudson

The author of The Kilburn Social Club  ruminates on why so many readers play and enjoy sport, but there are so few books about it.

Jill McGivering

The BBC Senior Broadcaster discusses making the leap from journalist and correspondent to novelist.

The author discusses the genesis of his forthcoming novel and the concerns that moved him to write about the experiences of three gay men in three different Londons.

Read an extract from the novel here.

A journey to Namibia to work with its endangered population of desert elephants moves Jean McNeil to write about our iPod culture, the destruction of these social animals, and the temporary family formed by the group working for EHRA (Elephant-Human Relations Aid).

With the election looming Maggie Gee considers the label ’Political Writer’ and the pleasures, demands and pitfalls of writing politically.

The prize-winning writer takes a cool, detached view on her red-hot career.

Novelist and commentator Amanda Craig asks why writers keep writing, particularly in today’s harsh literary climate.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes is, according to The Guardian, the Freddie Flintoff of the book world. Emmanuella Akuyo Dekonor interviews him to see what makes him tick.

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