The Manchester Literature Festival Blog
Five questions for Evie Wyld
What books are on your bedside table right now?
Harry’s Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith
The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches in the County of Lancaster by Thomas Potts
The Way Inn by Will Wiles
What writers have influenced you and your work the most?
Tim Winton and Kate Grenville are probably the biggest, or longest influences. I think the books you read shape you continuously, so everything I read influences me and my work. I recently read Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson and felt a little change in me.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve written?
When I was six I wrote this: ‘Today we went to the coloured sands and we got some coloured sands and Bill Hoad put Panda out the sun roof and she was very scared then we came home and the hamster had gone mad.’
Nothing has come close since.
How would you describe your latest book, All The Birds, Singing?
I would say it’s a story about memories and how cruel we can be to ourselves with them. It’s also about the choices you make in an unthinking moment and how they can stay with you forever. It’s also a supernatural thriller about sheep.
What do you do when you’re not writing?I run a small independent bookshop in Peckham called Review. The rest of my spare time is taken up with worrying.