What are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been a writer. As a child I drew cartoons and created my own comic books. Then, when I became interested in pop music, I created a band in my head and on paper – writing their lyrics, planning their tours, and populating my fictional music chart with other bands!
What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?
Probably Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a slender book that asks big questions about morality and the human condition.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Well, I would like to be a rock star. Sadly, I think I am too old to change careers though. Maybe more realistically I would be a university professor.
And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?
You need to write a lot – write something down every single day. You will fall in love with words.