‘You’d be affronted if you knew that a fifty-two year old woman was reading what you’d written, and you’d be amazed to know that that woman was a published writer with more than a passing association with you.’
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‘To me writing was a white, educated occupation; having read loads of books, it never dawned on me that people of colour wrote them.’
'I’ve felt that not doing an English literature degree has been the making of me. Knowing how lacking in confidence I was as a young woman, it seems such great good fortune that I was nourished by so many writers outside of those parameters.'