In conversation with Alastair Laurence.
The latest book by Blake Morrison is Two Sisters, a memoir about his sister and half-sister. A companion publication to this is his recently published collection of poems Skin and Blister.
Other memoirs include the ground-breaking and best-selling And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me. Other poetry includes Dark Glasses, The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, This Poem and Shingle Street. He has also written four novels, including The Last Weekend and The Executor.
Blake is an extraordinary chronicler of human frailty.
He was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and was formerly literary editor of the Observer and the Independent on Sunday. And has won various awards, including the Eric Gregory, E.M. Forster and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He has been professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths University since 2003.
Alastair Laurence, who is curating this series, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot.