That is the quality which dance music has — no other: it stirs some barbaric instinct — lulled asleep in our sober lives — you forget centuries of civilization in a second, & yield to that strange passion which sends you madly whirling round the room — oblivious of everything save that you must keep swaying with the music — in & out, round & round — in the eddies & swirls of the violins. It is as though some swift current of water swept you along with it. It is magic music. – Virginia Woolf, A Dance at Queen’s Gate.

It is interesting to observe the relationship writers have to music. Haruki Murakami said: “Music is a very strong influence: the chords, the melodies, the rhythm, the feeling of the blues are helpful when I write.” Most writers have music as part of their creative process — either when writing or thinking about the art — and therefore music seems like an integral part of the act of writing. For this, Lolwe will be reaching out to your favourite writers and curating a playlist of the songs they love listening to, then share these gems with you on Spotify.