Thursday, 15 October 2015

BOOKMARK A POET

A few months ago I was interviewed in style (at home no less) by the short story writer Alex Ruczaj for the Cambridge radio station Bookmark, which she, until recently, co-presented with Leigh Chambers. I've known Alex a while and attended a fiction workshop that she organised. She writes beautiful stories, with fascinating character premises and a blog. It's nice knowing working writers - writers in the middle of their craft - who have little ego and lots of passion. Or at least it seems that way to me. The best part about my Creative Writing Masters has been the development of friendships with writers who make the world of being a writer feel real.
Leigh Chambers (left), Alex Ruczaj (right)
http://cambridge105.fm/book-night-28-03-2015/ should provide you with the link page, and if you scroll down to where it says Podcast: Download, click on 'Download'. That should open up the radio interview link (oh how tremendously technical I sound). I am interviewed 34 minutes and 45 seconds into the programme, to be exact…
http://cambridge105.fm/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bookmark-2015-03-28-13_01.mp3
I hope the link works but if it doesn't - I shall tell you I sounded quite good according to reliable sources. Alex asked me about my blog - how I began it, why I began it and the wonderful paths it has led me down. Sometimes I miss the first years of blogging - there is something I yearn for about those times - lost now to the mass of social media sites. I am not sure what it is I yearn for, but I know it is a shared longing among my early blogging friends.

Where I sometimes write by the window, and where I was interviewed...


I meant to upload this interview soon after it was available online, but my mind lately has been distracted by writing my first book. An exhausting business. How do they do it? However. Onwards.

3 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I cant wait for that book, my friend. I know what you mean about the early blogging days. I remember how I felt when I blundered into Poets United, and discovered the online world of poets, and began to make friends. Friends made back then have remained especially dear, you being one of them,kiddo.

Shaista said...

Exactly how I feel Sherry - friends made in that first year hold such a special place in my heart - including ones we lost like Renee xxx

lifelyricslemoncake said...

Oh! I absolutely adored hearing your beautiful voice and wisdom, my friend. I'm so glad to be one of your readers. Sending you so much health and happiness. Well done on an amazing eloquent interview. xx

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