What are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
I loved telling stories as a child. Sometimes I told such tall stories that I became lost in the blurred margins of imagination and reality. However, I never thought I would be allowed to be a writer because I thought writers had to have neat handwriting and needed to be good at spelling. Some forty years later, I discovered that wasn’t true.
What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico, illustrated by Sir Peter Scott. I loved this story even when I struggled with reading as a child. It is a story of kindness, compassion and bravery. The illustrations and words portray a vivid sense of place on the wild marshes.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
A wildlife vet or a forensic anatomist. Failing the former two options, I would like to run a little café on a small beach in Cornwall, selling tea and cakes.
And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?
Don’t be scared to find your own voice as a writer. Tell the story you want to tell, not the story you think others want to hear.