The LitFest Blog
What are you looking forward to at the 2015 Festival?
One of the most exciting aspects of the Festival is the incredible opportunity to meet the authors. These people are internationally acclaimed names with just fantastic expertise. It’s just an unparalleled chance to see, hear and maybe even chat to these people. I love it.
What inspired you to write?
Well, I suppose I was lucky in that being a dyslexic child, my father always supported me within my creative strengths. So working as an actor eventually brought me into the world of documentary making and travel, which in turn allowed me the opportunity to write about my experiences.
I’m dyslexic, so writing doesn’t come easy, but I hope that I’ve shown that with support you can get your words down and you can even produce a best seller.
Ted Simon, who is here at this year’s festival was certainly an inspiration, not necessarily to write, but certainly to experience the world and go with whatever the world brings to your door. It’s exciting to be at the Festival with this man, the godfather of adventure travel.
What is the best piece of advice you were given about writing?
Well, at first when we decided to write a book about our travels I was terrified. How does a dyslexic go about writing a best-seller? You first need to get over the fear and then you need to see what help or support you can get to make sure that the words in your head, and your heart, can end up on the page! It’s a great feeling to bring a project together. Ewan and I managed to get a great result which meant then I could follow that template for my solo project ‘Race to Dakar’ in 2006.
If you were marooned on an island, which book would you want with you?
Well, an all-time favourite set of books for me is from the amazing Eoin Colfer and his Artemis Fowl series.
Which literary character would you invite to dinner?
My Irish background and love of myth and magic would drive me to say ‘Artemis Fowl’. If he were at the dinner table, we’d all be mesmerised by his tales and charisma. My children and my friends are all great fans of this series of books. Eoin is incredibly gifted.
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