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Writing Frieda Klein

One of the surprises of writing fiction is that when you finish your book, when it’s published and sent out into the world, it’s still not really finished. As people start to read the book, the characters develop and slip out of your control.

Activism and literature

When you live through a trauma, and that trauma changes your life — And when you realise that trauma is actually part of a much larger societal problem, then as a writer, it becomes vital to write about it. Or at least that’s how it was for me.

On the edge of knowledge

In the ancient woodland near my village, there’s a two-thousand-year-old tree where a woman once lived with her eight children, placing her babies in the boughs, and apparently originating the Rock-a-Bye Baby song.