Literary Birthday – 12 December – Helen Dunmore


Helen Dunmore was born 12 December 1952 and died 5 June 2017

Five Quotes

  1. As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.
  2. I would like people to come into my Dreamworld and then choose to stay.
  3. A novel, in the end, is a container, a shape which you are trying to pour your story into.
  4. Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
  5. I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the reader comes to know and feel with intimately.

Read: Helen Dunmore’s 9 Writing Rules

Helen Dunmore was a British poet, novelist, and children’s writer. She won the Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction for A Spell of Winter, and various prizes for her poetry. Dunmore was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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