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Kevin Clarke speaks with Frances Byrnes about playwriting as an essential dramatic apprenticeship, completing his education as an adult, and how his dramatic subjects choose him, rather than the other way around.

‘Inspired or not, work had to be delivered. Caught in a game of double dare with deadlines I seldom blinked, even when they seemed impossible to beat. ‘
‘The blank page can be unnerving to a novelist preparing for the day’s long trek, but it’s a wasteland that poets have comfortably colonised. ‘