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A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.
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As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.
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Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.
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Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
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He believes in pleasure, and says that play is the best thing that human beings do. I agree with him on this. Sex is play, food is play, love is play: playing with our children is one of the most profound experiences many of us ever have. And writing fiction is also a form of play.
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However, I began to submit poems to British magazines, and some were accepted. It was a great moment to see my first poems published. It felt like entering a tradition.
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However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned.
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I can remember being in my pram: children stayed in their prams much longer then than they do now. A big bouncy pram with black covers and a hood with metal clips that could trap your fingers. I was looking up at my sister who was sitting on the pram seat, with her back to me.
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I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the reader comes to know and feel with intimately.
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I could start with Mandelstam, who was a huge influence on my early writing.
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I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place.
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I enjoy research; in fact research is so engaging that it would be easy to go on for years, and never write the novel at all.
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I have learned so much from working with other poets, travelling and reading with them, spending days discussing poems in progress. There is the sense that we are all, as writers, part of something which is more powerful than any of us.
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I hope that readers will tear through my books because they can't stop themselves - and then, maybe, read them again and find new things there.
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I was always influenced by language.
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I would like people to come into my Dreamworld and then choose to stay.
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I'm a poet and I've read a lot of Russian poetry and can hear It's sounds. Russian poetry is so important to an understanding of the culture.
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If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise what is happening around us.
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It is a violation which has obsessed the tyrants of the twentieth century. They do not want simply to kill their opponents, but to liquidate them, to deny that they have ever existed.
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Many chapters are headed by poem quotations. These epigraphs are another way of shining light on what is happening at this stage of the novel.
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Mourning Ruby is not a flat landscape: it is more like a box with pictures painted on every face. And each face is also a door which opens, I hope, to take the reader deep into the book.
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My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books, which was then a very new imprint.
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Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
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The language has got to be fully alive - I can't bear dull, flaccid writing myself and I don't see why any reader should put up with it.
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The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed dauntingly sure of themselves - although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
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Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present.
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To try to expunge an individual's history is a terrible violation.
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When I was living in Finland after graduating from York University, I wrote poems which I didn't show to anyone at the time.
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When you are young you don't always realise how full of doubts everybody is.
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Whether writers record memory, or transform it, or lie about it, is another question.
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Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive.
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Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
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You have to search for the voice of each character: the things that he or she could or could not have said, the distinctive rhythm of the voice.
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