At the Edinburgh Book Festival this year I interviewed Tess Gerritsen and Michèle Roberts (post coming soon). Whenever I interview someone, I always ask right at the end, ‘is there anything else you want to tell me?’ Sometimes they just say ‘no’ and other times they come out with the most interesting/surprising/inspiring nugget of personal information. Gerritsen and Roberts both responded to this question by saying they hated the genre/literary divide.
I knew straight away that I wanted to explore this issue. Without even meaning to, I had stumbled upon two writers on either side of a chasm, both of whom wanted a little of what the other had.
I just wrote a post about it over at Scottish Book Trust’s Soapbox blog. It would make me very happy if you would pop over there to read it and leave a comment. I feel quite nervous about having something I’ve written posted on a website that isn’t all mine. It would be nice to see some familiar names in the comments box!
I don’t know what the answer is, but I’ve made a suggestion about how we could shrink that alienating literary/genre divide. I’m sure you also have some ideas and I’d love to hear them.