Literary Lives

How do authors ‘embody’ literature, in their biographical person as well as in their literary texts?

What does it mean to ‘be’ an author in different media and institutional contexts? How are authors ‘made’ and do they ‘travel’ well? Might the term ‘collective authorship’ accurately reflect contemporary editing and marketing processes? Are translators also authors? And what about readers in the age of interactive technologies?

Explore the interviews, blogs and podcasts featured on these pages, and join in our conversation!



Why I interview authors

Yvonne Battle-Felton is a Creative Writing PhD student at Lancaster University where she researches and writes stories about often overlooked characters  as they search for family, identity, love and acceptance. An Associate Lecturer and a writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction, she is currently  writing her first novel. Yvonne also hosts Bailrigg FM’s The Writing Life. Listen to Season 1 here or by googling “The Writing Life Mixcloud”

Click here for Yvonne’s blog.




What does ‘making it’ mean?

Before becoming a writer, Jenn Ashworth worked as a librarian in a prison. Her first two novels, A Kind of Intimacy (2009) and Cold Light (2011) attracted considerable media attention. Her third novel The Friday Gospels (2013) is currently being adapted by ITV Studios for Channel 4. In 2013 she co-founded Curious Tales – an independent publishing collective that specializes in short fiction, interactive narrative and collaboration with visual artists.  She teaches Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Click here for Jenn’s blog.


Connecting readers and writers

Jim Hinks is the Digital Editor at Comma Press and a part-time PhD candidate at Edge Hill University, where he’s researching Narratology in Short Fiction. Comma Press is an independent publisher based in Manchester, specialising in short stories. One of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, its authors have won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, The BBC National Short Story Prize and The Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, amongst others.

Click here for Jim’s blog



Industry insights: ‘Making it’ as an author in the UK



Literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, Katy Guest, and digital editor of Comma Press, Jim Hinks, talk about celebrity authors, networking, the economy, time-pressure, creative-writing courses, gender and supermarkets in this fascinating insight into the literary and publishing industries in the UK.






Video: ‘Making it’ as an author in the UK

Recorded on 19 September 2014 at The Authors and the World research hub’s inaugural event in Lancaster.


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