‘In your heart of hearts you were a writer but you did everything under the sun not to write. You studied German, you went to Drama School, you moved countries, and you forgot you wanted to be a writer.’
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Rukhsana Ahmad speaks with John Siddique about her peripatetic childhood in Pakistan, how her concern for other people motivates her to keep writing across years and genres, and how she’s avoided the constraints of the ‘post-colonial’.