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‘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.’
‘For Mary Oliver to have even written the taboo word “loneliness” into a poem seems to me to be one of the greatest acts of courage.’

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.