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‘I lived in Andersonstown, Belfast, I was teaching there. And what I saw incensed me, so I wrote about that.’
‘A new feeling emerges, a desire to bear witness to the dignity and passion of our human lives. To write with as much simple presence and transparency as possible.’

John Siddique speaks with Frances Byrnes about his troubled childhood, how literature provided him with a proxy family, and the power of colours in his own writing.