I carried around in my head a whole pantheon of dead family members, to each of whom a story was attached; often tragic, sometimes scandalous. I didn't have my mother's talent for talking but I enjoyed writing.
Writing, for me, is a journey of discovery. I don't know how to reach my inner brain, my subconscious, without using writing as a form of extraction; a kind of archaeological dig.
One friend recently asked me to name the best five books I've ever read; I told him mine, he told me his, and we've been working our way slowly through each other's lists. That's a plan of a kind and it's been a revelation.
Rukhsana Ahmad speaks with John Siddique about her peripatetic childhood in Pakistan, how her concern for other people motivates her to keep writing across years and genres, and how she’s avoided the constraints of the ‘post-colonial’.
Perhaps you will become a successful lace-seller, or a designer, or work in fashion, which might well be preferable to being a writer? But you're not listening, are you? Okay, well don't despair.
Tiffany Murray’s mother worked for a time as a cook for various rock bands, including Freddie Mercury’s Queen. Here, Murray describes what it was like growing up in such ‘Bohemian’ company.
You've started writing your diary in Spanish since discovering that your mother reads it sometimes, but now she's started learning Spanish too. Don't worry, I'm here to tell you that she won't get very far with it.