Meeting those attending the Festival – it has such a great reputation.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I realised I no longer wanted to be Prime Minister.
What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It’s pure escapism. (And Shakespeare, of course)
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?
Don’t aspire, do it. Sit down and start writing. Now.