Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Stephen Kelman

author of Pigeon English

Ten Terrifying Questions


1.To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Luton, a midsize town about 30 miles north of London, UK, and was raised on a council estate there called Marsh Farm. I went to school there, first at Waulud’s Infant and Junior Schools and Lea Manor High School, then at the University of Luton.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

From the age of six I’ve wanted to be a writer. I’m not sure I can really explain why beyond the fact that I always felt a powerful inner pull in that direction. I was an avid reader from a very young age and my desire to write went hand in hand with that.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That the results of the football team I supported were somehow important to my life. Now I know otherwise.

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

The first book I fell in love with was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I was given a Continue reading


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