Alison Moore, novelist: 'I'm full of admiration for Maya Angelou's spirited approach to life'
Thursday 07 August 2014
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in Avignon, overlooking the Place de l'Horloge. It's very busy – fantastic for people-watching. There's a theatre festival on, so the square is full of musicians, acrobats and all sorts of performers dressed up and promoting their shows. It's much like a hotter Edinburgh Festival. We've just been to see Le Magicien Orangé.
What are you currently reading?
After twenty-odd years I'm re-reading Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell, and Grace Paley's short story collection Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
I read the first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography when I was about 17. Then when my boy was a baby I devoured five volumes one after the other and was full of admiration for her spirited approach to life, her resilience and sense of humour.
Describe the room where you usually write
I mostly write in the bedroom in the converted attic of a bungalow. My desk belonged to my grandparents and would have gone to my mum and I treasure it. I have bookshelves behind me and under the desk is the typewriter I used in my teens. When I stand up and look out of the window, I can see a field of sheep.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I can imagine becoming one of Lesley Glaister's reclusive elderly twins in Honour Thy Father and Little Egypt.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
If I can have both, I'll say my mum and dad because they were good, strong people and fine role models.
Alison Moore's new novel, 'He Wants', is published by Salt
The best TV shows and films coming to the servicetv
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
Broadchurch series 3: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to return for third season, ITV confirms
EastEnders may bring transgender character to Albert Square to challenge 'traditional' viewers
Game of Thrones season 5 spoilers: What we can expect according to George RR Martin's books
Indian Summers recommissioned: Channel 4 confirm a second series of British Empire drama
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'