A Postillion Struck By Lightning

Ian Sansom has been waiting 50 years to be struck by lightning. It is a noble aspiration for a writer: hoping that the electrical bolt of inspiration will hit and that the next book will be easy.

But is it really ever like that?

Ian says: ?Maybe it?s just me. Writers are inspired, of course. All the time. Kissed by the gods. Beloved by their muses. Seduced by their characters. Overwhelmed by plots. Overcome with ideas. I?ve not been overcome with an idea since... I don?t know when. And the closest I?ve come to inspiration is a slight physical discomfort.?

Here Ian Sansom and Belfast?s Wireless Mystery Theatre explore the life of a writer and the nature of inspiration.