Issue 52 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2011/12)

Special

Agenda
The case for 4×4 fiction: Viv Groskop examines the prejudice against the middle-class novel

Interview
Gillian Slovo talks to Danuta Kean.

Features
Step into my salon: Amanda Craig on how (and why) to start a salon for women writers
No holds barred: Monique Roffey’s 10 top tips for portraying passion on the page
My life stripped bare: Linda Kelsey on confessional journalism

Regulars

New writing
Motherhood: poetry and prose selected by Kate Figes

Making a poem
Lavinia Greenlaw talks to Fiona Sampson

What went horribly wrong
for Rachel Hore

Bedside table
What Alexandra Shulman likes to read

Plus…

Writing life
Big Question, Objects of desire, Life coach, Make a difference, Make a splash

Inspirations
Blue pencil with Debbie Taylor
Fiction masterclass, What went wrong, Kids’ stuff, The creative mix, Making a poem

Books
Books to look out for, Vox pop, Book group, What’s new, How to write a bestseller Independent press profile

Directory
Everything a writer needs to know: competitions, calls for submissions, grants, courses, events, contacts, venue