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Stephen George

colin west

http://www.colinwest.com
post@colinwest.com
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Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

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A cowboy actor.

Q: What is your favourite word?

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Nonsense!

Q: What makes you cringe?

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Celebrities who write children's books!

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

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Last week with Ian Hislop on "Have I Got News For You".

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

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A poetry book which my mother won as a school prize in the 1930's.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

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Listen to music. I love everything from Chopin to "I've got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts".

Q: What’s your favourite food?

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Strawberries and ice cream.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

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I'd love to be a songwriter, but have little musical talent.

Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

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Edward Lear. By all accounts a nice chap!

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

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Humility

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

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I've just come back from Hay-on-Wye which was fun. A secondhand bookshop on every corner!

Q: What has life taught you?

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Live and let live.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

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My first book contained poems I wrote when I was 21 which was in 1972, so I suppose that's when I started writing professionally.

Q: Where do you do your writing?

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It starts off, as in must, in my head. I could be anywhere.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

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Spike Milligan said he liked writing because it's a job you can do lying down, and I agree!

Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?

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Mouse in "Moose and Mouse". He's happy to stay indoors all day writing silly poems!

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

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I had an Odhams encyclopaedia which I loved for all its illustrations.I still have it, but it's falling apart over half a century later.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

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Walter de la Mare's lesser known book "Stuff and Nonsense". He used all his skill, charm and wit to write wonderful nonsense verse in it.

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My Books
  • Moose and Mouse

    Moose and Mouse

    Published By
    Kingfisher
    Status
    In Print

  • The Best of West

    The Best of West

    Status
    Out of Print

  • A  Step in the Wrong Direction

    A Step in the Wrong Direction

    Status
    Out of Print

  • The Weightlifter's Laughter

    The Weightlifter's Laughter

    Status
    Coming Soon

  • The Height of Absurdity

    The Height of Absurdity

    Status
    Out of Print

  • Monty Must be Magic!

    Monty Must be Magic!

    Status
    Out of Print

  • A Crocodile's Teeth

    A Crocodile's Teeth

    Published By
    Walker
    Status
    In Print

  • Fighting Dragons

    Fighting Dragons

    Published By
    Walker
    Status
    In Print

  • "I Don't Care!" Said the Bear

    Status
    Out of Print

  • Have You Seen the Crocodile?

    Have You Seen the Crocodile?

    Published By
    Walker
    Status
    In Print

  • It's Funny When You Look at It

    It's Funny When You Look at It

    Status
    Out of Print

  • Uncle Tom's Pterodactyl

    Uncle Tom's Pterodactyl

    Published By
    A & C Black
    Status
    In Print

  • Uncle-and-Auntie Pat

    Uncle-and-Auntie Pat

    Published By
    A & C Black
    Status
    In Print

  • Not to be Taken Seriously

    Not to be Taken Seriously

    Status
    Out of Print

  • Long Tales, Short Tales and Tall Tales

    Long Tales, Short Tales and Tall Tales

    Status
    Out of Print

  • One Day in the Jungle

    One Day in the Jungle

    Status
    Out of Print

  • Toby and his Old Tin Tub

    Toby and his Old Tin Tub

    Published By
    A & C Black
    Status
    In Print

  • Percy the Pink

    Percy the Pink

    Published By
    Walker
    Status
    In Print