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09-03-2023

Dilys Rose speaks with Doug Johnstone about her literary work including poetry, short stories, novels and historical fiction, the different technical challenges of each form, her collaborations with composers and artists and her own visual arts practice.

'Self-isolation has become so ingrained as to be virtually indistinguishable from addiction. You still gravitate to the periphery, outside but looking in, close enough to discern the moving parts, distanced enough to have some sense of the whole.'
'A comfortable chair is essential, unless one is a Woolf or a Hemingway (who wrote on their feet), or a Sitwell or Capote (who wrote recumbent). A swivel chair – also known as a spinny or revolving chair – is my go-to option.'
'For bollards, rumble strips and sleeping policemen; ghost islands, green men, Belisha beacons. For zebra crossings and lollipop ladies. For traffic lights, streetlights, floodlights, neon. For lit windows in tenements.'
Dilys Rose reflects on how her writing routines have changed over the decades, and how, despite a demanding academic career and a busy family life, she has found the time and space to create.
Written lists have existed for millennia. So often considered the stuff of everyday life, Dilys Rose argues that, in literature, lists can inspire, challenge and enlighten.
Dilys Rose reflects on her work as a librettist, and on the pleasures and occasional difficulties of writing words intended to be sung.
Narrative voice, whether first, second, or third person, can radically change the focus of a narrative, argues Dilys Rose, illustrating this with examples from her own work.
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