‘Once I had to write an essay as a punishment and even this was read out. I would have been a fool not to realise I had some talent.’
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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’.
‘I like to honour a new project by going on an adventure into it’s world. I like a sudden immersion, a baptism of fire.’
‘The time comes when there’s an overwhelming need to set something down. to begin. I bring up the blank Word document and give it a name and a date.’