My favourite books: Wendy Goulstone

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Wendy Goulstone

In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers choose the books which have made a lasting impression on them. We begin with Wendy Goulstone, who began writing plays from the age of four when given a model theatre. She then performed in story-time in primary school, where she was encouraged by a wonderful headmaster who introduced her to poetry. When eleven years old, she wrote a dramatised version of Little Women and a novel about a group of theatre-mad children. That was a long time ago, but Wendy is a member of Rugby Theatre where she continues to write short plays and organises Open Mics for poets, singers and musicians. Several of her poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies.

The book I am currently reading
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
My earliest reading memory
Enid Blyton’sSunny Stories.
My comfort reading during Lockdown 
Books of poetry.
The book that changed my life
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.
The book I wish I had written
Spies by Michael Frayn.
My favourite series of books
All books by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
The book that changed my mind about something
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon
The book I couldn’t finish
Any of Terry Pratchett’s books.
The book that made me laugh
Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington
The book that made me cry
I can’t think of one.
The most beautiful or treasured book I have
Recently, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – the hardback has a beautiful cover.
The book I think is over-rated
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
The book I would give as a gift
Write Out Loud’s lockdown poetry anthology, Beyond the Storm, in aid of NHS charities.
The book I would turn to during the winter
Staying Human, Bloodaxe poetry anthology – or any in this series.

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