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08-02-2024

John Greening speaks with Caroline Sanderson about discovering that poetry was his calling, and discusses his wide-ranging career in verse, editing and literary criticism.

23-11-2023

Lesley Glaister speaks with Caroline Sanderson about the mystery of why some of her characters roar into life while others don’t; pays tribute to Hilary Mantel as a friend and mentor of her work; and argues that the heart of her fiction doesn’t only lie in darkness, but also in the triumph of the human spirit.

'Rarely, a poem will appear as if from nowhere. That really is a treasurable moment. I first remember it happening in a Devon orchard, staring at the trees and feeling them simply turn into words. It was a real poem, perhaps my earliest real poem.'
'Agatha Christie, for example, was so shy she would retreat from a party even as she stood at the door. For the tenth anniversary of The Mousetrap, she arrived at The Savoy celebration and was turned away, unable to admit who she was.'
'One moment I was looking at the huge, empty, stone sarcophagus, its heavy lid propped open with rocks; the next, the lights went off. I later heard there was a blackout.'
'She recited poems to me that she'd learned at school before leaving at 14 to help tend to soldiers returning wounded from the First World War, and recounted the Greek myths that, as an autodidact, she'd later immersed herself in.'
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