Whitbread award-winning writer Kate Atkinson confesses her reluctance to publish to a Hay festival audience
Alison Flood writing in the guardian.co.uk, Saturday 30 May 2009 14.38 BST
'Not being published would be great' ... the novelist Kate Atkinson. Photograph: Marco Secchi/ Rex Features
Writing is the thing she does best, how she earns her money, but "not being published would be great", Atkinson continued. "When I say that to other writers they look at me as if I'm totally insane."
"My work is not my life," she said. "I started writing quite late, I didn't have that 'writing is everything, my art is all'. You have to be able to recognise the difference between the two."