What are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 15 and started reading Ted Hughes’ poems, and hearing him give a reading at an old cinema in Hebden Bridge.
What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?
These days, Virgil’s Aeneid.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
A photographer. I guess I’d have to buy a camera?
And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?
There’s only one golden rule: read.