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Owen Sheers selects 10 writers shaping the UK s future

The author explains his choice of writers meeting the challenge of giving literary shape to the climate crisis, sexism, racism, inclusivity, and still making good artWhat is the role of a writer in times of transition and change? How might their work contribute at a turning point in history when the choices we make will so significantly affect the kinds of lives we live tomorrow? Perhaps the answer to these questions is no more than a continuation of the primary duty of any writer – to write as well as possible.But what if that isn’t enough? What if a writer also wants to illuminate the fault lines of the moment, characterise an injustice or humanise an issue burning within them? Then the challenge becomes more complex and, I’d say, considerably more demanding. To give literary shape to the climate crisis, sexism, racism, inclusivity, yet still make good art. To avoid didacticism or polemic and create a poem or story that carries us effortlessly – through craft, imagination and empathy – into the beating human heart of a matter. Continue reading...

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