In the first post of a new blog series, the novelist explains why no amount of bad food and discomfort will put people off an author's life
AL Kennedy WRITING IN THE guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 February 2009
This is the life ... the Philadelphia Hobo Conference, 1923. Photograph: © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS
On the road again ...
But I do try to tell other people what it will come to – hence my occasional visits to Warwick University and its creative writing students. They want to write, they have application and vigour, they've all come on since I read them last and yet ... it would be unfair not to remind them of how horrible their futures may become. If they're unsuccessful, they'll be clattering through a global Depression with a skill no one requires, a writing demon gnawing at their spine to be expressed and a delicately-nurtured sensitivity that will only make their predicaments seem worse – and yet somehow of no interest to anyone else.