Meet the 2016 Authors John Julius Norwich

08-11-2015

John-Julius-NorwichWhat are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?

Seeing Dubai again, for the first time in 48 years. I gather it has changed quite a bit.


When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

At the age of about six, when I started trying to write stories.

What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, for me two of the greatest books in the English language.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Quite possibly an actor.

And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?

Never look for more than five minutes at a blank sheet of paper or computer screen. Start writing. You can always rewrite later (though you probably won’t).