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The Writing Life: Making a writer

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  • Interviewees

    Duffy, Maureen, Fanthorpe, U.A., Frayn, Michael, Jacobson, Howard, James, P.D., Lively, Penelope, Mantel, Hilary, McEwan, Ian, Morpurgo, Michael, Rankin, Ian

  • Speakers

    O'Reilly, Sarah

  • Abstract

    In this selection of extracts novelists and poets reflect on what makes a writer. Why do they write? What happens when they write? Literary idols and ambitions, the wish to write and the influence of childhood events, family background, and teachers on writers’ lives. Speakers (in order of appearance): Howard Jacobson, P.D. James, Maureen Duffy, U.A. Fanthorpe, Michael Morpurgo, Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, Michael Frayn, Ian Rankin, Penelope Lively.

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    This is a compilation of short extracts from life story oral history interview recorded by National Life Stories for the Authors' Lives project. They were published on a CD 'The Writing Life' and the individual tracks have been grouped together into themed clusters.

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