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In These Financial Times Business journalist Azadeh Khalilizadeh assesses freelancing options during the credit crunch – and offers a highly practical solution. INTERVIEW 13 Claudia Roden FEATURES 16 Drawn That Way As the graphic novel genre expands, artist and poet Jay Bernard examines a few of the female illustrators leading the way. The Insider: Kate Wilson 19 Serial Commitment 20 Is episodic fiction making a comeback? Novelist and contemporary practitioner Jessica Ruston says ‘Yes!’


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‘My interest in history came through my interest in recipes.’

Claudia Roden, Interview, page 13

Regulars Contents: issue 46


Contributors, Letters, News and Views



Including: Laura Wilson on crime writing Maggie Gee’s first draft Making a poem: Emma Jones talks to Colette Bryce Jill Mansell’s bottom drawer, writing your self with Roselle Angwin, keep going with Bekki Hill




Christina Patterson introduces her prose and poetry selections on the theme of ‘Into the Deep.’


Including: How to write a bestseller: The Best of Times Literary landmarks: We Need To Talk About Kevin Independent press profile: Choc-Lit Writers’ bookshelf by Kirsty Robinson


The lowdown on funding for writers The joy of…aurality




Opportunities: competitions, submissions, retreats, grants Out and About: events and workshops



Jancis Robinson’s bedside table


Sunnily, This Summer

Well, we can always dream, can’t we? As we wait for the rain to subside (please!) and the sun to come out, we’ve been putting the final touches to our latest issue of Mslexia, full of good things that will take your mind off the weather.

Not far from that particular subject area, our current New Writing theme of ‘Into the Deep’ drew some fantastic prose and poetry, and New Writing guest editor Christina Patterson takes a good look at them in her essay on page 32.

For those of you journalists out there, business reporter Azadeh Khalilizadeh explores the practicalities of freelancing during the credit crunch – by covering the financial beat. (It’s where the news is). Our other features examine the trend of episodic fiction and the rapidly growing genre of the graphic novel.

Also in this issue we give you the lowdown on applying for and accessing funding for writers, a visit to foodie writer Claudia Roden’s home for a spot of lunch and a glimpse of what wine connoisseur Jancis Robinson’s been reading lately in our Bedside Table interview. This issue also features the manuscript that Jill Mansell never published (wait until you find out why!), Maggie Gee’s original opening for her memoir, My Animal Life, a canny dissection of Penny Vincenzi’s The Best of Times and plenty of book reviews to help you select your summer reading.

Finally, please enjoy our latest venture, a Mslexia supplement, produced in conjunction with The Writing Squad and showcasing six exciting new poets. We do hope you enjoy their work, and we look forward to feedback from you on this particular project.

Our Poetry Competition deadline is looming – 26 July – so I won’t keep you any longer. Happy reading – and writing!

Daneet Steffens, Editor