Hello! Today I’d like to share a couple of inspirational articles I’ve read recently. They’re from two different sources, but both book-related and both wonderful!
The first is an interview between Siobhan Curham and Nicole Burstein. I love all of Siobhan Curham‘s books and I’m really looking forward to reading Nicole Burstein‘s Othergirl when I’m on holiday.
On True Face, Siobhan Curham’s blog that ties in with her non-fiction book of the same name, she talks about meeting Nicole Burstein years ago in a Waterstones bookshop, when both authors dreamed of seeing their own books on the shelves. Fast forward a few years and they’re pictured together, holding their published books.
The whole blog is moving, honest and inspirational. Here is a quote from the interview, in Nicole Burstein’s words:
“You’ve got to be your own best friend. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself. Be honest with yourself. Give yourself a good talking to when you need it. Be annoyed at yourself. Push yourself harder. Listen to yourself. And never, ever give up on yourself.” – Nicole Burstein
The second article I’ve picked out is about an author of literary fiction, and it appeared in the Guardian. This author, Namwali Serpell, won the 2015 Caine prize for African fiction but refused to accept the prize money for herself, choosing instead to share it with the other shortlisted authors to show her support for them. Another author, Chibundu Onuzo, comments in the Guardian in a thought-provoking piece. In her words:
“It is not a syrupy platitude to say everyone is a winner. It is an acknowledgment of the fact that everyone is running their own race, in their own lane, in their own gear, with their own supporters.” – Chibundu Onuzo
I hope you find these authors, their words and their stories as inspiring as I do. Happy summer!