On a rundown world, the buzz is of a new, pristine blue planet, like Earth as it was 65 million years ago. Who will be allowed to go, and will the arrivals treat this planet any better?
The Times - Tanglewreck
The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit has written a new book with the help of her best friend's children.
Carol Ann Duffy
In the taxi from Manchester Piccadilly to Didsbury, where Carol Ann Duffy lives, the driver asks me why I’m in Manchester.
The Field Interview
A supporter of country sports and a gay icon, the author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is happiest shooting rabbits and growing vegetables, says Deirdre Shields.
Vintage Living Texts
I think I started writing before I could read because I wanted to write sermons, because I was driven by a need to preach to people and convert them which possibly I still am, except that now I do it for art's sake, and then I did it for God's sake.
The Guardian 2004
She grew up preaching on street corners, and drew on her Pentecostal upbringing for her first book, to great acclaim. But by the 90s, she was vilified for her writing and exposing her private life. With her eighth novel, out this month, she feels those dark days are over her next project is a play about fanaticism.