We're surrounded by other people's conversations. Four writers tell Chris Ledgard how they are inspired by the words they overhear.
From Manchester Piccadilly station to a supermarket checkout via an Irish bar in New York, modern writers discuss how they are inspired by the overheard.
We're surrounded by other people's conversations, and many of us try to block them out. But for Lavinia Greenlaw, David Calcutt and Craig Taylor, fragments of overheard talk have been a valuable source of material. In New York, Marilyn Horowitz recalls how a conversation at a neighbouring pub table helped her get over a case of writer's block.
Chris Ledgard presents.
Producer: Chris Ledgard.