When I was a child, most families I knew took a daily and evening newspaper: in our case, the Daily Mirror and the Coventry Evening Telegraph. At the weekend, the Saturday Pink sports paper and a Sunday newspaper. By the age of sixteen, I was subscribing to the New Statesman, loving both the journalism and poetry they published, and dreaming of becoming a journalist. I wanted to witness a world I suspected a working class girl was not supposed to see. The reaction of the school careers advisor? You have no chance – try personnel management instead.
I didn’t take the advice. I worked on local newspapers around the country, began to write for national newspapers and eventually spent more than fifteen years at the Sunday Times as deputy editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, where I co-founded the Sunday Times Short Story Award with Matthew Evans, and briefly as editor of News Review. I’ve worked as a senior editor for Newsweek and my features have appeared in a range of journals including the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Irish Times.
I currently sit on the boards of the Catholic newspaper, The Tablet and English PEN.
She says all poems are about love and reveals that her work was shaped by a shocking teenage affair. Carol Ann Duffy, our first female laureate, talks candidly about her passions, her heroes --and why she would make a naughty nun.
Other print interviews include (a-z) Annie Leibowitz; Boy George; Chris Eubank; Denis Healey; Giorgio Armani; Jeffrey Archer; Jerry Hall; John Major; Peter Cushing; Ronnie Biggs; Will Self .
Since founding the Word Factory I have interviewed over a hundred leading authors about their writing practice at monthly events.
You can enjoy these live interviews at the Word Factory Vimeo Channel.
Cathy Galvin chats to award winning author and screen writer Neil Gaiman in her series of conversations for the Word Factory TV.
As a senior newspaper editor, I commissioned cover stories, long-form journalism and special issues for the Sunday Times and Newsweek and held a series of commissioning and editing roles on other newspapers. Freelance editing projects include an anthology of new writing for Waterstones (Red), guest-editing Mslexia and acting as an editorial consultant to Arts Council England.