Another old-stager has sounded notes of cheer and encouragement for budding senior writers. Dame Joan Bakewell told the Way With Words Festival in Devon (UK) she was deterred for more than 50 years from engaging in the creative writing she so wished to do.
She started writing her novel All The Nice Girls when she was 75 as a very belated riposte to her high school English teacher who told her she wasn’t good enough to continue on to the sixth form.
Dame Joan, now 77 and long known as “the thinking man’s crumpet”, went on to study economics but always yearned “to be part of the literary crowd”.
Another pensioner scribbler who has achieved late-life success. Never give up ….