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“Writing with punch” analyses the work of modern writers engaging with the biggest issues of our time.

This is your chance to discover what leading writers Miranda France, Michael Rosen, Anthony Cummins, Emran Mian and Diane Roberts say on:

  • Can fiction lead the fight back?
  • What Latin American authors can teach us about Trump
  • The rise of migrant literature
  • What does it mean to be a man?
  • Harper Lee and the battle for equality

New content added—March 2018

In “Writers blocked,” novelist and critic Lionel Shriver looks at the increase in accusations of “cultural appropriation”—authors writing about cultures they supposedly don’t have the right to. In her punchy essay, Shriver argues that accepting such limits on a writer’s imagination goes contrary to the free spirit of fiction—and that giving “offence” is a vital part of the novelist’s armoury.

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