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Ask Angharad Price

Ask Angharad Price

Author Angharad Price lives in Caernarfon with her family.  Angharad is also a lecturer in the Welsh Department at Bangor University and is a tutor with Learn Welsh North West.

This interview has been published as part of Amdani – the Learn Welsh Festival of Reading.  More information about the festival is available here.

What was your favourite book as a child?

Mari Trwyn Smwt by Morfudd Williams.  It was a small hardcover book from the 1960s, with black and white pictures.  It told the story of a rabbit called Mari who lived alone and read a newspaper.  That's all I remember.  But I really liked this rabbit!

Favourite book as an adult?

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima was fantastic.  But when I read Anna Karenina by Tolstoi (a very long process), the novel made an unforgettable impression on me.  When I finished the novel I couldn't speak for a little while.

What book has influenced you the most?

I look in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (Dictionary of the Welsh Language), almost every day, to get the history of a word or to understand the exact meaning of a word.  Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru is a treasure.

Where do you write?

I usually write in my study in the attic of the house.  But when it's really cold, I sit in my bed and put the laptop on my lap.  The very worst thing for your back!

What inspires you to write?

Everything.  I think about writing all day every day.  Every conversation, every encounter, and everything I see or hear, or read can be an inspiration.  The greatest achievement is to turn the inspiration into a memorable piece.

Any advice to someone who wants to start writing?

Go for it!  Read every day, write every day - and persevere.