Caroline Davies at Sue’s Blog Party
Wow, it’s Friday. Can you believe one week’s gone by already? You join us at a fairly raucous time. The game that Neats brought to the party was great fun. We seem to have all survived it. Also, Chris Daniels, one of the characters from my latest novel, ‘Love Them and Leave Them’ has been chatting to quite a few of the ladies. Honestly, I’ve had to have eyes in the back of my head! Encouraged by Paul, the guests have moved on to a bit of dancing. I do wonder if I’ll ever get Julie’s mince pies out of the carpet.
On a serious note, for a moment. Today is the 11th day of the 11th month and therefore, it’s only right and proper that we stop all this nonsense and give some thought to Remembrance Day. In a very timely fashion, my first guest today is the poet, Caroline Davies. Earlier this year, Caroline’s poetry collection about the War Memorials of London was published. I’ll tell you more about the book later, for now, let’s take a look at her Q&As.
What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you? I was absolutely determined to be able to read before I started school so I pestered my mother until she bought me a school reading book – Janet and John. I can remember us buying it one lunchtime and by the end of that afternoon I had memorised every page so that I could ‘read’ it.
If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be? If I was stranded on a desert island it would be good if I could have a water-proof copy of the Odyssey, preferably translated by someone like Robert Fagles and a bilingual edition with the original Greek. I can’t read a word of Greek but I expect I’d have lots of time to start learning.
What are you currently reading? Claire King’s novel, Everything love is. I am trying to ration myself so that I don’t finish it too quickly.
What’s the best advice you have ever received? My mother impressed on me at an early age that you should always have some money set aside in case of a ‘rainy day’. It has come in useful on a number of occasions and particularly this year after giving up the day job as I’ve been able to spend time writing and looking after family.
And the worst? This was someone who shall remain nameless who advised me that he didn’t think I’d be much good as a writer. Thank goodness I ignored him.
Where are you happiest? At home in my writing space but with my family, dog and garden close at hand.
If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing? We would be walking around London. I would take you to visit all the statues, who inspired the poems in Voices from Stone and Bronze. We would probably call in at the Poetry Library on the South Bank and then find somewhere pleasant to eat a late lunch at Gabriel’s Wharf. Ideally the day would end with a poetry reading in the evening.
What do you think is the best thing about social media? Social media can provide a quick way of communicating with lots of people.
And the worst? If you’re not careful you can spend far too much time being distracted by news items and cute pictures.
Thank you for those lovely answers, Caroline. I rather like the sound of our perfect day. Far more cultured than my usual free time. 🙂 How very dare someone tell you you wouldn’t be much good as a writer. The cheek of it!
By the way, shall we tell everyone what ‘two items’ you brought with you? Not only did Caroline bring several bottles of Moet, but she’salso brought the writer Susan Hill. And, miraculously, Mary Shelley & Emily Bronte, (what will they make of my character, Chris Daniels, I wonder?) I think the other guests will be queuing up to talk to all three amazing authors.
So, a little more about Caroline’s poetry collection.
Voices From Stone and Bronze is “A moving, honest and never sentimental collection that gives a voice to London’s many war memorials.” What a lovely idea. It’s so important, especially on this particular day, to remember the men and women who fought for us (and continue to fight.) We owe them so much.
I wish you all the best with the book, Caroline.
As it’s Friday, I’m expecting three guests today! So, don’t go away. Another one will be along any moment …