Happy Birthday, Alan Bleasdale, born 23 March 1946
- All I ever wanted was to be good. Not to do good. But to be good. At something. To be a really good footballer. Or a really great teacher. And then, when I started writing, I wanted to be the best writer I could be. And I think that this is why I have tended to hide away. Because I never wanted to be famous. All I wanted was to do something well.
- CHARACTER AND STORY; you’ve got to have good characters and you’ve got to have a really good story. If you haven’t got them then you’re in trouble.
- You have to be merciless in your questioning of yourself and your story – don’t just sit there and think, ‘well this is good’. You need to walk away from it for a while and then come back to it: and then you will find out what’s wrong with it, because you add that distance to it.
- Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
- I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.
- There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.
Alan Bleasdale is an English novelist who has written for radio, stage, and screen. His works include Boys from the Blackstuff.
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