From the obvious (pens and paper), to the literary domestic (teacups) to the weird (stuffed animals), this series catalogues the things and habits that help creators do their thing.
The point is not that every author or artist must use a Pelikan fountain pen or drown herself in coffee, but exactly the opposite: creation is an idiosyncratic process, and each must find her own practices and props.
0. Damon Young's Pelikan fountain pen
1. Mark Vernon's dictionary
2. John Armstrong's home library
3. David Lebedoff's legal pads
4. Angela Meyer's exercise
5. Rachael King's Mac Freedom
6. Susan Johnson's bespoke teacup
7. Emma Darwin's waterman rollerball
8. Phillip Adams' dictaphone
9. Christopher Lawrence's champagne
10. Kirsty Murray's corkboard
11. Rachel Power's papers scraps and felt-tip pen
12. Simmone Howell's shadowbox
13. Mark Sarvas' Yves Saint Laurent fountain pen
14. Maria Tumarkin's coffee
15. Ian Barry's three laptops
16. Stephen M. Irwin's Sailor 1911 fountain pen
17. Steve Light's Mont Blanc 149 fountain pen
18. Jeff Sparrow's coffee.
19. Vivienne Ulman's Artline fine tip
20. Karen Andrews' library.
21. Mary Beard's MacBook.
22. Ezra Bix's broken biro.
23. Andrea Eames' vintage clothes.
24. Penni Russon's kids.
25. Vanda Symon's cat.
26. Mischa Merz's boxing.
27. Amy Espeseth's dead things.
28. Jessica Au's post-it notes.
29. Kate Holden's music.
30. Ben Pobjie's Twitter.
31. Kylie Ladd's brain.
32. Charlotte Wood's attention.
33. Claire Corbett's massage.
34. Jean Hannah Edelstein's Jean Book.
35. Alison Croggon's video games.
36. George Szirtes' desk lamp.
37. Nicola Marsh's Alphasmart 3000.
38. Wendy Orr's meditation, dog-walking and escape.
39. Fiona Harris' lists.
40. Emily Maguire's coffee.