Recently listening to Radio 4’s Classic Desert Island Discs episode with Author Malorie Blackman, one of anecdotes which struck me was a Creative Writing Tutor telling the then-aspiring writer:
The phrase “a picture can tell a thousand words” can be used too liberally. The most emotive storytelling is often through words – be that spoken or written, read or heard.
During my student days at University of Glasgow, I had the benefit of meeting the then Writer-in-Residence Liz Lochhead (who later became the national poet of Scotland, the Scots Makar) for a few one-to-one sessions. Having been a massive fan of hers since studying Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off and Blood …
It’s confession time. I am a mere tinkerer and a dabbler with a library card. I read, and I write; but I did not study English Literature and I still can’t afford to send myself on a writing retreat (never mind the heady heights of an MA in Creative Writing).
By nature I tend to be an all or nothing sort of soul. Best to refrain from a glass of wine with dinner, because that may whet the appetite for a bottle.