‘You are in love with the idea of being a novelist. It didn’t occur to you that you couldn’t do it because in your mind that’s what you’d always been.’
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‘I lived in Andersonstown, Belfast, I was teaching there. And what I saw incensed me, so I wrote about that.’
Laura Hird speaks with Geoff Hattersley about her beginnings as a writer of bleak and gritty short stories, the real reason her first novel was written in four different voices, and how she gave her mother a literary afterlife in ‘Dear Laura’.