The poet Ciara MacLaverty

Friday 21st February 2020

Q1) The first book you ever loved

Five Go to Treasure Island by Enid Blyton (childhood), The Pigman by Paul Zindel (teenager).

Q2) The book I have read more than any other

I read my favourite poets again and again - collections by Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Durcan, Sharon Olds, Seamus Heaney.

Q3) A book that you despise

If I don't like a book I just stop reading it. I wouldn't even pick up any right-wing political memoirs, etc.

Q4) A book full of beautiful writing

I still love the powerful simplicity of Raymond Carver.

Q5) The book you've been meaning to read for years, but haven't

So many! I once read and loved This Much I know is True by Wally Lamb and now I feel there must be loads of American family sagas that I never get round to. My partner gets the New Yorker and almost every other book advertised in there looks enticing.

Q6) The book you're reading currently

Caroline Criado Perez - Invisible Women. Exposing data bias in a world designed for men.

Q7) Your favourite short story

Too many! Raymond Carver again. Alice Munro. Laura Hird. Ruth Thomas is a very underrated short story writer. I bought all her collections.

Q8) Your all-time favourite novel

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte left a big impression on me as a teenager. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is haunting and spellbinding, as beautiful as it is scary. It's the novel of our Climate Emergency times. ●

Ciara MacLaverty is 'a born enthusiast' according to the Times Literary Supplement. Her 'striking' poetry has appeared widely in both newspapers and literary magazines. She's been selected for 'Scottish Poem of the Year' and written for Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Book Festival. Her pamphlet, Past Love in The Museum of Transport, explores everyday love from girlhood to motherhood - "Funny, generous, deeply humane." - Liz Lochhead

t: @CiaraMacLaverty


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