THREE QUESTIONS: 
Anna Wood

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF – HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? ANY PUBLICATIONS? DO YOU HAVE A DAILY WRITING ROUTINE?

I have been writing stories all my life, but not very regularly. I need plenty of reassurance and lots of time, so it’s an unsteady process.

SPECIFICALLY, TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR LONGLISTED STORY – THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT, THE WRITING OF IT…

I wrote this story as part of my creative writing PhD, which was about why stories have endings and which I didn’t finish (ran out of money). It reflects some of my key preoccupations: mortality, pleasure, the decisions we don’t get round to making and, in the words of Kenneth Williams, ‘Oh, what’s the bloody point?’  

NAME THREE SHORT STORY WRITERS YOU ESPECIALLY ADMIRE – WHY?

Denis Johnson, Alice Munro and Bernard Malamud. I love them. Their stories make me feel richer and safer and more like myself in the world. They’re the first three writers I think of, and I especially love Denis Johnson.

  • To read Anna’s GBP longlisted story, ‘When can you start?’, click here.


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ANNA WOOD writes about music (mainly) for Mojo, The Quietus and Caught By The River. She is also a freelance editor and a copywriter. She has an MA in creative writing and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation in Sozopol. She is planning a beguinage.