‘As an adult, I’ve formed the habit of taking seasonal notes almost every day. It feels like reaching out a hand to touch the outside world and gain the state of self-forgetfulness needed to write.’
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Stephanie Norgate speaks with Jane Draycott about dramatising the life of a pioneering undercover woman journalist, giving voice to the collapsing landscapes of West Sussex and her out-of-doors childhood in Gilbert White’s Selborne.
‘Helen Dunmore was an established writer, but she revealed how she wasn’t happy about the stories she was writing. I hadn’t heard a writer talk about failure before. ‘
‘At night, I meditate on the problem. I ask myself, what is the problem? Am I stuck because I have run out of ideas?’