Folio Academy Features

Featured articles and interviews from the Folio Academy

 

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Robin: Perhaps since three or four, when I used to visit the bookshop my grandfather worked in, and was enchanted.

Leila: I’ve never thought ‘I want to….

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Rachel Holmes

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Whatever age I was the day my father pointed out to me that being a fighter pilot meant I had to kill people and animals.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still…

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

I have a green notebook full of…

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Maggie Nelson

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Probably around age 8.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

It sounds unbelievable, but I’ve…

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Laura Cumming

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Not until my twenties, when I wrote my first article for The Guardian and found I loved doing it. I will always be intensely grateful to the editor who commissioned it.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking…

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Hisham Matar

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I met my wife and then realised I had always wanted to be a writer.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

It was published, but several…

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Ahdaf Soueif

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Six.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

Everything I’ve ever written until 2004 has been published!

What was your favourite childhood…

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Francis Spufford

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Seventeen or eighteen – but it was an ambition I then gave up, and only crept my way back to in the second half of my twenties.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

‘Book’ is too strong a word, but there’s a hand-written, unfinished…

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China Miéville

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

In the sense of writing stories, as young as I can remember. In the sense of doing it professionally, I think I realised that that was potentially a thing when I was 13, and started quietly wondering if it might be possible from then.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer…

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Madeleine Thien

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

At the age of 4, when my sister taught me to read and I imagined that reading created the story (or the world) each time we turned the page.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

It was published, a collection called Simple Recipes…

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