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‘At night, I meditate on the problem. I ask myself, what is the problem? Am I stuck because I have run out of ideas?’

Cherise Saywell speaks with Doug Johnstone about the correspondence course that showed her she had something to say, the striking sense of place in her writing, her love of clean, understated prose and the benefits of continuing to write short stories alongside her novels.

‘I do still write fiction, but it tips into life. I start with twists of yellow gold and before I know it I’m growing daffodils.’
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