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Alyson Hallett luxuriates in an unusual writing week that’s actually mostly dedicated to writing, with a side serving of bonfires, friends, yoga al fresco and getting enjoyably lost in the woods.

‘I can usually hold the first few words or line for an hour or two, but that’s all. Although I can practice writing I have to be ready and prepared.’