What 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).