Alan Garner on creativity

In 1966 […] I was reading graffiti in the waiting room at Alderley Edge Station. One, done in chalk, was: “Janet Heathcoat = Alan Flask. It is true.” Somebody had added, in silver lipstick, without punctuation or a capital letter: “not really now not any more”. And the sky fell on me. The result was the novel Red Shift, six years’ work, finished in 1972.

from a great piece by Alan Garner on creativity, in the New Statesman here.

Memo to self: re-read Red Shift this summer.

Two poems in The Interpreter’s House

TIH58

The Interpreter’s House number 58 is out, with a great cover by Stuart Mugridge and a lively introduction by editor Martin Malone. The issue contains poems and short stories by over 60 writers, and includes my poems ‘The Engineer’ and ‘Anymore’. They were my first two acceptances, and I’m delighted they’re also my first two published poems.

The Interpreter’s House website is here.