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‘If I move to my laptop too soon I find it cuts off experiment and somehow ‘sets’ the poem in a way that makes if harder to make fundamental changes.’
‘For prose I need my fingers moving on a keyboard or a page; poetry tends to come to me out loud (I live alone fortunately).’

Cynan Jones speaks with James McConnachie about writing as a kind of imaginative remembering, the act of taking a novel from ninety to thirty thousand words in a single cut, and why it’s good to have more abandoned books in drawers than published ones on the shelf.