Bronwen Griffiths is the author of two novels, A Bird in the House (2014) and Here Casts No Shadow (2018), plus two collections of flash fiction, Not Here, Not Us – Stories of Syria (2016) and Listen with Mother (2019). Her work has been shortlisted and longlisted for a number of prizes, including the Bath Novella-in-Flash award and the WoW! short fiction competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex, and lives in East Sussex.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I’d like to meet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and ask him how he managed to both write and illustrate such an extraordinary, magical book.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: I’m not sure I have a ‘least interesting’ part, but there are times when the writing flags, when I’ve spent too much time on a project and it has a terrible saggy feeling to it – that’s when I need to go out of the house and do something different, like swimming, walking or gardening.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: Like most people I’d love to be able to fly and see the world from a bird’s viewpoint. Plus it would be carbon-neutral, so I could fly without guilt or adding to my carbon footprint.
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: I don’t have a single ‘who’. So many people inspire me – writers, social activists, human rights campaigners. I really admire the women from Families for Freedom who campaign for the release of detainees from Assad’s prisons in Syria – though often the news is terrible and their loved ones have been killed. The way they continue to campaign through such grief and injustice is incredible to me.
Edge of town, near the sandy beach that stretches for miles. Here, in an area of wasteland frequented by alcoholics, wastrels, drug addicts, homeless people, rats and stray cats, stands an old door, propped up against bricks. A white door, almost-new door, what-is-it-doing here door. Not a door, Tom says, a portal. To another world. …