Right now, somewhere in the world, there’s a writers’ festival going on or, at least, an event in a bookshop or library featuring one or two writers or illustrators discussing their work and sharing their thoughts. There are dozens of podcasts, YouTube channels, writers’ centres and literary organisations. Never has there been so much talking about writing.
Interviewing writers, or being interviewed about your work, looks easy, but it isn’t – at least, not for everyone. We’ve learned the hard way, by participating in dozens of writer panels – including as chair or MC – and watching hundreds, maybe thousands of events. More recently, we’ve learned an enormous amount from the intimate setting of podcast interviews.
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