I realised that you didn't have to use bigger, abstruse words, and that simple language needn't mean expressing simple feelings or simple ideas.
As a teenager I could really identify with Billy's feelings of being stifled and trapped by his environment and his family, and the need to get away and lead a more exciting, fulfilling and creative life.
Fifty years after taking part in his first poetry reading as a schoolboy, Brian McCabe reflects on what reading his work aloud means to him, and how communicating directly with an audience in this way has helped to shape his writing.
In the course of his writing career, Brian McCabe has discerned the influence of a number of other writers on his own work — influences which may or may not have proved enduring. Here he considers some of the more important.
Brian McCabe speaks with Geoff Hattersley about why mathematicians are a bit like artists, how something being funny doesn’t mean it’s light, and the process of imaginatively recreating the worldview of a child.
Brian McCabe’s fascination with mathematics began with a poem, which led him to delve deeper into mathematical theory — discovering in the process some of the discipline’s more colourful practitioners.