Q&A with author Sophie Hannah

What is the best piece of advice a parent gave me? ‘Rest more, get more sleep, go slower’. I never take it

Valerie Martin
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Q&A with author Valerie Martin

‘When do I feel most free? Walking away. It’s always walking away’

Francesca Kay
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Q&A with author Francesca Kay

What is my favourite word? Today, looking out of the window at a stormy sea in Scotland, I’ll say ‘spindrift’

Han Kang
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Q&A with author Han Kang

What keeps me awake at night? Dreams. Sometimes nightmares. I also write about them

Ann Morgan, British writer, editor and sub-editor, the Dutch writer, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015
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Q&A with author Ann Morgan

What am I scared of? Losing the capacity to think clearly

Marina Warner
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Q&A with author Marina Warner

What is my current favourite word? Eunoe: the river of good memories in Dante

Kate Hamer
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Q&A with author Kate Hamer

‘Knotty problems can be solved at 3am looking at the ceiling. As long as you can remember them in the morning’

Q&A with author Steve Silberman

What does it mean to be a writer? There’s a concept in Judaism called ‘tikkun olam’, which means to help heal the broken world

English novelist Stephen Kelman appears at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
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Q&A with author Stephen Kelman

Who would I like to be stuck in a lift with? Kurt Vonnegut, as long as he didn’t smoke

David Gates

Q&A with author David Gates

Who would I most like to sit next to at a dinner party? Samuel Johnson, if I didn’t have to watch him eat.

Q&A with author Petina Gappah

What is the last thing I read that made me laugh out loud? Zimbabwe’s most recent budget statement

Q&A with author A Igoni Barrett

What book changed my life? Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Fairy Tales’. My juvenile predilection for happy endings was forever cured by ‘The Little Mermaid’

Q&A with author Sarah Moss

What am I scared of? Dogs. More like ‘in abject, animal terror’ than ‘scared’. Keep it away from me

Q&A with author Namwali Serpell

Where do I write best? Wherever. I’m too nomadic to be picky

Q&A with author Steve Toltz

Who would I choose to play me in a film about my life? An animated cartoon sloth

Q&A with author José Eduardo Agualusa

Which literary character most resembles me? None. I’m too uninteresting to make a good literary character

Q&A with author Ali Smith

‘Has life become easier or harder for new writers? It’s always a leap of faith, combined with the work of balancing the finances’

Q&A with author Dorthe Nors

‘What does it mean to be a writer? It means working even when you’re sleeping. It’s not really a job’

Q&A with author Peter Stamm

‘What is my current favourite word? I use the word ‘seltsam’, strange, very often in my texts’

Q&A with author Miranda July

‘Who would I choose to play me in a film about my life? Emma Watson’

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