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How I got the power to write

ImageSometimes in the borderlands, Claire and I felt like authors. The way we were invited into people’s homes, the way we were recommended to seek out others. When people heard we were doing radio programmes, a stream of invitations followed.

“This is what it must be like for authors, researching their next book,” I said.

“Only we’re not writing a book,”said Claire.

A blog site has nooks and crannies for stories and perches for anecdotes. But a book? Book writing is not a part of what we do.

“So how come you did write a book?” you ask.

“Well, one day a package arrived.”


“Well, opposite my home in Devon there is this stone barn. For two months each summer, a lady called Thelma, lives there. And each winter it attracts tenants; interesting people, musicians, families, couples with dogs. Two years ago a writer came there to live with her partner. Thelma emailed me that she was writer, Anna Hope. I heard her interviewed on radio 4 and posters of her face filled the plate glass windows of Totnes bookshops.

Anna, Anna Hope, novelist, writer, author.

I saw her very little, but I noticed her regime. By 2pm everyday her car would be gone. I imagined her passing the afternoons with her partner at a cafe in Totnes.

One day around the time of the launch of her novel Wake she was out and I was in. So our postman had me sign for a brown paper package. By its weight and feel, I knew what it was. First name Anna, second name Hope. I wished it was for me. I turned it over in my hands. Random House, USA.

The package gave me the power to write.”

– Anna Keleher

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  1. Mandy Stapleford #

    Hi Claire, Wow, this is So Great! Congratulations on publishing your book! I look forward to reading it and seeing all of your artwork! Good job to the both of you. Happy holidays! xo Mandy


    December 16, 2016
  2. Thanks, Mandy! It certainly is exciting! Hope you do get to read it and do let us know what you think – here or as a review on Amazon.

    December 17, 2016

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