Andrew Edgeworth is a former journalist who has been writing short fiction since 2013. He was awarded the 2017 Origins flash fiction prize by Creative Industries Trafford and was runner up in the 2019 Splash Fiction competition run by Victoria Baths. He lives in Manchester with his dog, Orwell.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Roberto Bolaño. I find his writing so unique and I’d like to find out if he was as miserable and disagreeable as I imagine him to be.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: It certainly wasn’t the first book, but the one that has always stuck with me was Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. It’s the perfect novel and always reminds me why I love books so much. Also, you can never do it justice when describing it to somebody else.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: The discipline of making sure you sit down as often as you can. Life gets in the way.
My father bought paperweights for her all the time. Every birthday, wedding anniversary and Christmas. When he died I continued to buy them for her. She became a collector. They sat in a teak display cabinet in the hallway, each one a strange planet in a human solar system revolving around her, its sun. The …