Literary Birthday

Evelyn Waugh

Literary Birthday – 28 October – Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born 28 October 1903, and died 10 April 1966 Evelyn Waugh Quotes One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilising or it will die. Some people think in pictures, some in ideas. I think entirely in words. I should…
Dylan Thomas

Literary Birthday – 27 October – Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas was born 27 October 1914, and died 9 November 1953. Three Quotes On Writing A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the…

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was born 26 October 1945 and died 4 March 2016 'You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.' ~Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides. Pat Conroy:…
Andrew Motion

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Andrew Motion

Happy Birthday, Andrew Motion, born 26 October 1952 Five Quotes Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril. I'm also a great believer in the dream life; that while we're asleep, a deep subconscious connection is made about…
Anne Tyler

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Anne Tyler

Happy Birthday, Anne Tyler, born 25 October 1941 Twelve Brilliant Quotes On Writing From Anne Tyler I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble - some baulk every step of the way, others seem to write themselves - but certainly…

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Zadie Smith

Happy Birthday, Zadie Smith, born 25 October 1975 Zadie Smith's 10 Rules For Writing Fiction When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. When an adult, try to read your own work as a…
Emma Donoghue

Literary Birthday – 24 October – Emma Donoghue

Happy Birthday, Emma Donoghue, born 24 October 1969 10 Emma Donoghue Quotes Some writers can produce marvellous plots without planning it out, but I can't. In particular I need to know the structure of a novel: what's going to happen in each chapter and each scene.…

Literary Birthday – 23 October – Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was born 23 October 1942, and died 4 November 2008 Five Michael Crichton Quotes Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the…
Doris Lessing

Literary Birthday – 22 October – Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was born 22 October 1919, and died 17 November 2013 Doris Lessing: 10 Quotes On Writing As you start to write at once the question begins to insist: Why do you remember this and not that? Why do you remember in every detail a whole…
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