The LitFest Blog
What are you looking forward to at the 2015 Festival?
I am really pleased to be visiting Dubai – I have heard so many authors talk about the festival and I am looking forward to experiencing it all first hand
What inspired you to write?
For my fifth birthday, my father gave me a very fat book called “The Book of a Thousand Poems”. I loved it. I read the poems, recited them, learnt them, and then started making up some of my own. Although I wanted to be a poet all those years ago, I later decided I would rather go on the stage. That didn’t quite work out, so I did other jobs – teaching and publishing. But somehow I’ve ended up doing what I wanted to do when I was five years old. I have a theory that this happens to quite a lot of people.
What is the best piece of advice you were given about writing?
I wasn’t really given advice and I think the freedom of this has helped me. We were given a title at school or a short opening to a story and not given too many guidelines so that we could develop our stories in our own way.
If you were marooned on an island, which book would you want with you?
I would take a copy of A Poem for the Day by Wendy Cope (Foreword), Nicholas Albery (Editor), Peter Ratcliffe (Editor)
This poetry book is a favourite and the poems are selected so that you can learn them – I would have time to do this if I were marooned!
Which literary character would you invite to dinner?
Mr Rochester – for a romantic dinner for 2!
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