Bahar Brunton lives and works in London. She writes fiction and theatre scripts, and has had three plays produced in London and one also taken to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Her third play, Dancing Feet, has recently been published by the Italian publisher Arcane Editrice, within the book Atti di accusa. Bahar also plays the violin, and in a former life she performed professionally.
Bahar cannot remember a time when she was not writing, so it is hard to say when she started. She has had some stories published by Ether Books, and ‘Naked Nancy’ was published in the Spring 2018 issue of The Frogmore Papers. She has also had a story shortlisted for the 2010 London Short Fiction Award and another longlisted for the 2014 Rubery Short Story Prize.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I would love to be able to have a chat with Diana Athill. She died a few years ago and my first thought when I heard about it was that I will not get to meet her. Her books are so accessible, engaging, and relatable, and in interviews she always seemed to be a lovely person.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: My writing desk was someone else’s trash and then it became my treasure.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Writing biographies and blurbs about myself and about my own work! I am always happy to write about somebody else, but when it comes to self-promotion that has always been a painful process.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to elongate the day sometimes? To press pause? I would have more time to write and to relax.
Larissa, you are looking good. A fine specimen. Half the size, you have been told. Half the weight of your previous self, and you believe them, more or less. You feel able to obey orders and to love yourself a little bit more. And nobody knows. Your duty is well and truly done. The little …