Greg Bear

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin’s Radio, and City at the End of Time. His most recent book is Take Back the Sky  (Orbit, 2016), the last volume in his War Dogs Trilogy. Greg’s books have won numerous international prizes, been translated into twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State, the International Food Protection Association,Read more

Andreas Loizou

Andreas Loizou is the founder of the Margate Bookie. He’s the major shareholder of kentrification.com, a website for artisan-made digital paperweights.   Kentrification – I invented this word! It was the late 90s, some time between New Lad and New Millennium, and I’d invited a food critic down to the Old Town. A fancy French restaurant had opened that week. Pierre had brought his brigade and Michelin star to Gate-sur-la-mer. The first rumours of a new arts centre were bubbling up. KentrificationRead more

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the award-winning author of novels The Natural Way of Things, Pieces of a Girl, The Submerged Cathedral, The Children, and Animal People. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize and was short-listed for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Charlotte lives in Sydney. The Source of Fiction “I write slowly and at the moment have a routine of two full days a week; I’m doing a PhD on the psychology of creativity as well as writing aRead more

text/texture

text means ‘the wording of anything written’. It comes from the Latin texere, ‘to weave’ – from which we also get the word texture. One of my favourite books on the connection between writing stories and making cloth is by Isabella Ducrot: Text on Textile, a meditation on fabric, myth, and story. “Whenever we say ‘to lose the thread of an argument’, or ‘to weave a story’, we imply that the thread is continuous and irreversible, and that it upholds the meaningRead more