Wednesday, 18 November 2009


I’ve posted an interview with William Trevor before, but this one’s more in depth. Here Trevor talks about the craft of writing, how the short story differs from the novel, what writers are like, failure, and much more.

Right, I've given up on the rain easing; off to the moor in search of Bronze Age potters, a ghost story, and perhaps a rustic pub.


Douglas Bruton said...

A bit rambling, but very interesting... especially about failing being better than being stuck in your writing... and how he writes his novels, or thinks of them, as stories joined together and a different sort of craft in making them link up.

I enjoyed reading this.



Nicola Morgan said...

Thanks for this, Tom. By the way, I have had tea with Trevor and his wife in his house! Seriously. Jealous??!

TOM J VOWLER said...

We should all take comfort that failure is good.

I trust this wasn't recently, Nicola, as I'm only a few miles down the road, and I serve chocolate to my guests with their tea! Yes, rather jealous, but they say you should never meet your heroes.

Nicola Morgan said...

No, it was some years ago. But my parents also live "a few miles down the road" (even fewer, in fact) and if I was ever allowed out I'd come and eat your chocolate and drink your tea.

Tania Hershman said...

Lovely interview, great transcript, you could really hear his voice! I'm going to listen to it later. I love what he says about getting a "pleasant rough idea" of the story down. Amd very inspiring that his novels are 6 or 7 stories meshed together. That is really interesting.

TOM J VOWLER said...

It's a lovely interview. Nice to be able to send everything you write to the New Yorker for first refusal.