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Name: Roland Clarke
Where are you from?
I live in Harlech, North Wales, with a view from my office window of Snowdon.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I was brought up in South East England by an English father and Anglo-Chilean mother. Although I’ve had a privileged upbringing – money, private schools, and anything I needed, with such privilege comes a lack of real love, a lack of direction, and a lack of motivation. So after attempting to get qualifications at various schools, I tried to apply myself to something. But I job-hopped from photography, to marketing organic produce, to TV & film production, to equestrian journalist.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m now retired and coping with multiple sclerosis. Having got my first novel – Spiral of Hooves – published, I try to make time to finish various draft novels…
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“In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.” – Annie Proulx
“A good short story crosses the borders of our nations and our prejudices and our beliefs. A good short story asks a question that can’t be answered in simple terms. And even if we come up with some understanding, years later, while glancing out of a window, the story still has the potential to return, to alter right there in our mind and change everything.” ― Walter Mosley
“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”
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In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors.
However good the idea behind a novel, when the author is still learning the craft of writing – like any…
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We’re delighted to be opening this year with an hilarious and heart-warming one woman show with actress Sunny Ormonde – the outrageous Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap.
Over the course of the next ten days, we’ll be joined by as-seen-on-tv-off-his-trolley comic genius Phil Kay, master of freeform performance and storytelling, and notorious Australian, Trenton Oldfield – who served six months at her Majesty’s Pleasure for disrupting the 2012 Boat Race in a protest against elitism.
We will be hosting two wonderful authors who’ll fascinate you with insights and anecdotes from their latest books: Angela Buckley introduces us to The Real Sherlock Holmes – Detective Jerome Caminada, whose methodologies mimicked Conan Doyle’s genius, and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, who will discuss the impact of reality on fiction. While No One Was Watching is set against the backdrop of the Kennedy assassination and the…
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