Benjamin Wood – CWA Gold Dagger nominee talks about separating work and creativity

Benjamin Wood has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, he’s a CWA Gold Dagger nominee and a finalist for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. He also lectures creative writing at King’s College.

His 4th novel is ‘The Young Apprentice’. It looks at Charlie and Joyce, recently released from borstal and starting a new life as an architecture apprentice. Until a figure from Joyce’s past creeps back into her world, trying to drag them back to their old criminal life.

We talk about the separation between work and creativity, and how that’s affected where he writes. Also why he uses longhand to get a different angle on a story, and what people learn in a creative writing lecture.

This week’s episode is sponsored by ‘Waiting for Jetpacks’, the new short story collection, by John Lockhart.

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