Helen Cullen’s book The Lost Letters of William Woolf is charming, moving, quirky & possessed of great lists. It’s been described as “up lit”, but does that trivialise writing which has the power move or even upset the reader? In this episode Stevyn Colgan and Paul Waters chat with Irish author Helen Cullen about how she writes, why girls may be more reluctant than boys to give writing a go, lost letters, love and fear of clowns.
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Helen Cullen offers insights into how she wrote her first novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf. After reading from the opening of the novel, Helen describes how she came to the premise of the novel and how she developed the characters. She also offers an honest portrayal of the anxiety felt at the different stages of the publication process.