We're familiar with the Houston/ Apollo comms, that iconic beep. But when Apollo 11 was out of contact with Earth a tape recorder was switched on. On these candid 'onboard' tapes we hear the crew giving human responses an out-of-this-world experience.
Representing real people in drama requires a real duty of care, particularly it the subject is alive or has been within living memory. As you write their story, beware the different shades of truth and belief.
The novel is not just an alternative history of America, but also of its music. As the map has a Shadow-highway, so music has its Shadow-playlist of the multi-faceted multicultural voices that make up the country.
Historic Royal Palaces have launched the Outliers podcast series: tales from the edge of history. My tale is about The Tower of London Menagerie under George IV, and mystery Keeper Alfred Cops. How do you balance accuracy and drama when rewriting history?
How can you write outside your gender, class, age-experience, ethnicity, nationality, or time? What if the subject is biographical or technical? How can you write about the struggles of others? Do you have the right? And what if you get it wrong?