On Songwriting is a new Radio 2 series in which the great and the good of the songwriting world talk about their trade, as part of the On Song initiative.
The first three programmes bring together three very different types of songwriter to talk about what inspires them, how they wrote their most famous songs and what advice they have for people beginning their songwriting careers.In the first programme, Radio 2 meets Patti Smith.
Thirty years after she burst onto the scene with her 1975 album Horses, Patti remains a vital artistic voice and, as she says herself, a woman who "likes to make trouble".
She discusses her own writing, collaborating with Bruce Springsteen on the classic, Because The Night and, in the light of her new album of covers Twelve, what makes a really great song.
As the subject of KT Tunstall's hit, Suddenly I See, she also has views on being written about rather than being the writer!.