Sunday, October 10, 2010

Michele Roberts

Michele Roberts was the latest speaker at our literature festival, and a fascinating, if slightly low-key, event it was. What particularly struck me about her talk was when she discussed the need for a writer keep probing and probing to find out what the real story is about. Absolutely! My former tutor, the estimable Alex Keegan, always talks about finding a way past the sentinels, those defences built up by your subconscious to stop you from straying into territory that you have shut yourself off from. This isn't necessarily some deep, hidden trauma that you have repressed all your adult life (although it may be that), but simply an aspect of your life that you have never been able to reconcile. Any writer who is serious about writing will eventually rub up against these aspects, and once they do their writing will move onto a different plane. But it does require both perseverance and courage. You don't know what you're going to uncover...


Alex Keegan said...

Morning Tom!

Thanks for that.


Are your blogs hacked by advertisers?

Mine are and I've had to switch off comments.

Tom Conoboy said...

Hi Alex

Yes, for the past few months I've been getting a lot of stupid spam comments. I've found recently though, that although I'm getting an email notification through that there's an anonymous comment, by the time I get on to the blog to delete them they've already gone. So maybe Blogger is getting better at filtering them.

Bloody nuisance though.

hope you're well