by Marie Marshall
Writers who write down to their readers.
Writers who write for an ‘in’ readership.
Writers who are afraid to experiment in case they alienate readers.
I believe that literature belongs to everyone, is for everyone, and that everyone has a right to its radiance. No one should be afraid of picking up a ‘difficult’ book – difficult books do no belong to any elite. No one should be afraid of picking up a book from an ‘easy’ or throwaway genre – there can be a lot of joy in the simple and ephemeral, and that joy is everyone’s right too.
I detest shoddy workmanship, no matter whether in a difficult or easy book.