Issue 53 (Mar/Apr/May 2012)

Special

Agenda
Negative feedback: Cordelia Fine on how inequality affects women writers’ confidence and ambitions

Interview
Alice Oswald talks to Alex Pryce

Features
Buried treasure: Debbie Taylor discusses the results of our novel competition
Blogaholic: poet Kona Macphee on how blogging took over her life
Reinvent yourself: Janey Fraser advises on choosing a pseudonym

Regulars

New writing
In the year 2212: poetry and prose selected by Ann VanderMeer

Making a poem
Ruth Padel talks to Fiona Sampson

What went horribly wrong
for Celia Rees

Bedside table
What Ann Widdecombe 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, venues