Alice Graham was born in Hampshire and lives in Hackney. She works in publishing, commissioning books about art, culture and design.
Alice started writing short fiction in early 2020. Since then, she has been shortlisted for the Exeter Story Prize and long-longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. ‘Watching Birds’ is her first piece to be published.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: It would probably be Daphne Du Maurier: I’d love to explore Menabilly with her (the inspiration for Manderley).
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: I don’t remember the first book I was read – but the first character I fell in love with was Katie Morag. I was completely besotted with her sass and mischievous adventures roaming free on the Isle of Struay.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘Novels are also about things you’re afraid you can’t deal with’ – Joan Didion
It reached epiphany one bleak night, after months of waiting. Tormented by the drink and the absence of the cormorant; pushed to the edge. * In September, my godmother took me to a talk about the birds of the River Lea. I had accidentally told her about my watching the month before, over …