If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise what is happening around us.
Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed dauntingly sure of themselves – although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
I would like people to come into my Dreamworld and then choose to stay.
As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.
I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the reader comes to know and feel with intimately.
I didn’t choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place.