In last week’s Saturday Guardian Review, Lucasta Miller interviewed Michele Roberts, the half-English, half-French author, poet, and professor at UEA’s Creative Writing masters course, who has now penned her autobiography, “Paper Houses.” I had the pleasure of having Ms Roberts as my writing instructor at UEA, along with UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, and perhaps even more fortunate to later have her as my London landlord of a small but superb flat right in the City on the Thames.
The interview focuses on her feminism and life, with a bit about her 1994 novel Flesh and Blood, captures some of her ebullience and a hint of what most influences her imagination. Impossible Saintswas perhaps her most popular, with Daughters of the House earning her a Booker nomination, but I rather liked Playing Sardines.
Michele always told me she knew people either loved her writing or hated it. She also gave me one of the best pieces of writing advice: make the problem part of your subject.
It was also Michele who first predicted my career in literary journalism, before I had ever heard of the term or the field.
Photo linked to the BBC Roberts site – Mahalo!