Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

  Jonathan Taylor is an author, lecturer, editor and critic. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015), and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007), and the short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman, 2013 and 2014). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Loughborough with his wife, … Continue reading Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

Grief, Loss and Creativity

Yesterday the world lost an incredibly talented comedian and actor. He was a man who saw me through my childhood, teens, twenties and beyond with an equal measure of thought-provoking moments and good humour. But it was no surprise to hear that the star of Dead Poets Society and Goodwill Hunting had also been battling … Continue reading Grief, Loss and Creativity

What Portrait Photography Can Teach Us About Characterisation…

I enjoy spending time in galleries and, whether it is a collection of paintings, sculptures or photography, I can while away a few hours looking at art. Photography stimulates ideas and sparks my creativity perhaps more than any other art form. I used to spend a lot of time at the Portrait Gallery in London … Continue reading What Portrait Photography Can Teach Us About Characterisation…

How Art Can Save Your Soul

I have often wondered what it is about certain books that resonates with the reader. There are certain books that, no matter how much time passes, still hold a place in your mind - books that stand out as sharing something powerful, books that heal, books that tap into a fear or a passion. What … Continue reading How Art Can Save Your Soul

Why You Should Try Writing in Second Person

First person and third person—you’ve been there, done that. But what about writing in second person? It may seem strange, unconventional, or confining, but playing with point of view is one way to transform a story. Point of view affects a story in that it allows readers to gain a very specific perspective. The second person … Continue reading Why You Should Try Writing in Second Person