I’ve never liked putting people into pigeonholes, and I don’t like to be pigeonholed myself. Likewise, I’ve never understood people’s desire to be confined to tribes. We’re all different, and that’s what makes us interesting and unique. I love Wales, but I also love being in London. I love the Welsh language, but also love English authors. I love French, Italian and Spanish and if I could speak all of them fluently, I would. How fantastic would that be!
So, it’s with great pride that I saw this in Waterstones, Abergavenny, today. It’s lovely to be seen as an ‘Abergavenny author’. We’ve lived locally for 6 years now, and it’s a great town. I also know that ‘back home’, in Cardigan, I’m considered a ‘Cardigan author’. I was brought up there, and I will always be drawn back to the sea.
I spend a lot of time in London, so who knows, maybe one day, if I’m lucky, I’ll be considered a London author? And when the Spanish translation is launched in Valparaiso/Santiago/Concepcion later on this year, how lovely it would be to be referred to as a Welsh/Chilean writer!
Perhaps an author can be like a sailor, and call many places home.