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!
It does make you remember how far we’ve come in some ways, and how far there is yet to go. Glad you liked it!
I envy you your teachers!!! This interview made me think of my time during the ’70’s and being involved in women’s lib at the very beginning- I remember having to justify being considered for a graduate assistantship and being asked if I was going to have another child in the academic interview for the position – it was the professor’s opinion that education was wasted on me as I was probably going to be a housewife…