Writers on Research


The research process is an often-invisible aspect of every novel you’ve ever read. It can inform narrative, dialogue, structure, rhythm, style, tone, voice, form, even the ways that authors break with convention and forge new paths. The Writers on Research interview series seeks to explore the research processes behind some of my favourite contemporary novels and short story collections, provided in the authors’ own words. Follow the links below to read full interviews.


INTERVIEW: Jonathan Taylor on illness, Oliver Sacks and Melissa (29/03/21)

INTERVIEW: Heidi James on DNA, trauma theory and The Sound Mirror (05/04/21)

INTERVIEW: Martin Goodman on musicality, research ethics and J SS Bach (12/04/21)

INTERVIEW: Anna Vaught on neurodiversity, Joycean poetics and Saving Lucia (26/04/21)

INTERVIEW: Alice Ash on hyperrealism, Debenhams and Paradise Block (03/05/21)


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The Writers on Research interview series is made possible with National Lottery funding via Arts Council England.