Explore how fact can fuel your fiction and discover how writers use research to create stories, from finding the initial spark of inspiration to deepening the resonance of your writing.
Bethan Roberts' first novel The Pools won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers' Award. Her second novel The Good Plain Cook was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and was chosen as one of Time Out's books of the year. My Policeman, the story of a 1950s policeman, his wife, and his male lover, followed in 2012, and was chosen as that year's City Read for Brighton. Her latest novel, Mother Island, is the recipient of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize. She has also won the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Prize and the RA Pin Drop Award for short fiction, and written drama for BBC Radio 4. Bethan has worked in television documentaries, and has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London.