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Amassing clay …


… about how fiction emerges from real experiences.

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My mother’s story:
1. Tales I tell my grandchildren

Journeys with a book:
1. Starting points
2. A special kind of courage
3. Scratches in the rock
4. Fiction and real life
5. Backpacking through time
6. Diary of a Speaking Tigress
7. Negotiating with rebel leaders
8. The festival that nearly didn’t happen
9. Working with Ralph Russell
10. Who is ‘we’ ?
11. Who needs poetry?
12. Cast a long shadow
13. A better place?
14.  It’s an umbrella
15. When artists go to work
6. Reading to the swans
17. If you can walk, you can dance
18. Language I can’t afford to forget


Language I can’t afford to forget

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On the amazing oral poetry of Somali, and the writing of
A Shield of Coolest Air.

Two years ago, while televisions around the world were showing images of Syrian refugees in boats trying to get to a Greek island, in a London theatre the actor Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Hamlet. After the show he came out in front of the curtain and told the audience that they would be collecting money to help Syrian refugee children.… Read more