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'Gather a few authors together in a room and does the conversation veer towards culture, philosophy, art…literature? No, it does not. It focuses on complaints — publicists, publishers, party invitations (lack of), editors and of course…earnings. '
'I arrived early, determined to take it all in. The sun was high; I looked over crowds in the gardens. I was excited, but not anxious. I could do this, relish this. This was a huge moment. Everything was perfect. Then I decided to enter the festival bookshop.'
'When the time came for audience questions, the late, great Iain Banks got the inevitable one. Without pausing he said there was a secret website called www.ideasforwriters.com; ‘You just go there and it generates ideas for you’. '
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