No. of words: 43,387
'Writing about writing is a second best. For a writer the process is only of interest when he or she finds that they cannot do it (as today 13 November 2001). If I could write... a play, a short story, anything.. I would, writing about writing (or not writing) is just vamping till ready. A writer only feels he or she is a writer at the point of performance, the moment of writing. Do anything else, even related activities like research or background reading, and the claim seems fraudulent. A writer is only a writer when writing. The rest is marking time. And your published books and plays don't count; they only prove that you were a writer yesterday but not today, not now.' Alan Bennett, Untold Stories, pub. 2005
Today sees the launch of the fantastic online poetry archive. Here you can listen to poets, from Tennyson to Kipling and Browning through to Ginsberg and Armitage: www.poetryarchive.org.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.