Al McClimens

Al McClimens

I live and work in Sheffield where I'm currently studying for an MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. I see human beings as story tellers. It's part of the deal. And stories can take many forms. I don't always use prose but see it as an option when I can't make the words do what I want using other types of writing. But from a haiku to the Iliad it's all storytelling.


Al McClimens in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1960 Bellshill.

What do you love about short stories?

Short stories are a challenge for their economy of language and the need to balance narrative with the desire to create tension.

Do you write in other forms?

I mainly write poetry.

What distracts you from writing?

See above

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll

What is your favourite book?

Gravity's Rainbow

Who are your favourite writers?

Elmore Leonard , P.B.Shelley and Simon Armitage

Where is your dream location?

A good library

What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Keep writing

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