Welcome to the August 2014 issue of Writers in Conversation. After the success of the first issue earlier this year, we are delighted to publish our second collection of interviews with some of the most interesting writers at work today.
As in our previous issue, the writers brought together here are a wonderfully diverse collection: novelists, poets, academics, critics and translators from countries across the globe. This allows us to see world literature in microcosm: innovative, passionate, transnational and political.
Despite the variety of the writers, some questions and themes recur. Postcolonial literature plays a large role, as do accompanying questions of politics, race, religion, immigration and diaspora. By contrast, several of the interviews consider what literature is for and what it does, and look closely at how writers construct their work and at who their influences are.
We are also delighted that Professor Diana Glenn has allowed us to publish the wonderful speech she made at the launch of Writers in Conversation earlier this year.
We firmly believe not in ‘The Death of the Author’ but in the author’s paramount importance. We hope you enjoy reading the interviews as much as we did.
Nick Turner and Gillian Dooley, Editors
From Volume 4, no. 1, February 2017 Writers in Conversation will be published in Open Journal Systems and this website will no longer be updated.