Ian and Professor of English John Mullan map out how to pull off the perfect opening to a novel.
Ian Mcmillan hosts the creative writing series.
He is joined by poet and critic Mark Ford to discuss the vexed question of poetic form.
Should the apprentice poet let their verse range free or conform to the creative restrictions of a structured format? Tips and advice are offered by leading poets Tom Paulin, Wendy Cope and Michael Rosen
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Aided by novelist Natasha Cooper, he investigates the techniques of plotting a thriller.
Contributors include Sarah Dunant