Born in Leicester, England, Clive Collins has spent the greater part of his life working as a teacher in Ireland, Sierra Leone and Japan. He is the author of two novels, The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars) and Sachiko's Wedding (Marion Boyars/Penguin Books). Misunderstandings, a collection of short stories, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. Most recently, he was a short-listed finalist in the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Clive Collins in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1978 Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
What do you love about short stories?I like the challenge of forming a complete narrative within a very limited number of words.
Do you write in other forms?Novels.
What distracts you from writing?Very little.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?The visual arts.
What is your favourite book?The Assistant - Bernard Malamud.
Who are your favourite writers?Bernard Malamud, Penelope Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens.
Where is your dream location?I do not have one.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Mobile phones.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Write.
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