‘I do wonder to what extent writing about motherhood is actually writing about being mothered’.
‘Words are haunted. Think of it: as long as there have been soldiers there have been poets. I have often felt that being a poet is a form of civil disobedience.’
‘In many ways, every author is a kind of extremely complex sampler.’
‘Architecture can be employed as a form of violence and violation.’
‘Narrative is control, dominance, purposeful withholding, flirting’
‘When a day is not structured by appointments, meetings, driving to work, taking lunch, driving home, shopping (i.e. capitalism), its soft, loose (wild?) shapelessness becomes apparent.’
‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’
‘To me writing is a kind of listening. I don’t know what I am listening to, but I am listening!’
‘Everyone should be thinking about how they do their thing specifically, how they can use their influences combined with their own language, music and experience.’
‘What is this elsewhere that one is longing to be in? Part of the answer to this question, for me, is Switzerland.’
‘It’s easy to forget the power of words in an era ruled by profuse, beautiful and entrancing images.’
‘Spending time in a place in which you have no personal stake breeds a peculiar kind of contemplativeness.’
An interview with the 2019 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
‘Travelling into the Ness for the first time was exactly like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker’ Robert Macfarlane in conversation with Adam Scovell.
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