David Butler’s latest novel City of Dis is published by New Island.

David Butler is the author of three novels: The Last European (Wynkin de Worde 2005); The Judas Kiss (New Island 2012); City of Dis (New Island 2014);(...)

Miriam Frank: ‘Much of today’s writing appears to be celebrity related and follows fashions, relying on the expertise of others and writing to a learnt formula, rather than through the direct experience and observation of life.’

Miriam Frank is the author of My Innocent Absence: Tales from a Nomadic Life (Arcadia Books), an exploration of identity, belonging and relationships,(...)

Chinua Achebe: wrote the story of Nigeria from the inside, with the dignity and gravity of tragedy. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

When we think of artistic influences, of the way each artist is shaped by his or her predecessors, we tend to do so in positive terms. But some(...)