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:
Worldbuilding is big business. Though thought of as pertaining to genre fiction, I reckon it has some manner of iteration in every single story we read – and I’m not alone. One aspect at work in worldbuilding is that of the cartography of imagined places.
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 …
No one seemed to know. Is writer an identity that goes away if you don’t renew it? Is it something with an expiration date?
The essay I wanted to right was poignant, with one, maybe two tiny truths, a little inspiring and original, definitely original.