We asked writer Michèle Roberts to comment on her current work and ideas that have influenced her…

Which of your own ideas have you been thinking about most recently?
Lately I’ve been mulling over whether fiction can represent memoir and an unreliable narrator of memoir.

What idea of someone else has made most impact on you recently?
I’ve been thinking about Simone de Beauvoir’s ideas in The Second Sex, notably: “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”.

What is the most important book/article of ideas that everyone should read and why?
Impossible to suggest one important book. There are lots. Recently I re-read, with great interest, Resistance by Agnes Humbert, her memoir of World War Two in France.

And finally, each year we ask everyone involved – audiences as well as speakers – one question. Charles Masterman, Liberal Party politician and journalist, asked in his book The Condition of England 100 Years Ago: “What will the future make of the present?” What is your answer to this?
In the future, (assuming there will be one) I hope people rediscover the importance of history.

Further information/

Michèle Roberts, poet, essayist, and author of fourteen works of fiction, was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2000. She is the author of: the prize-winning Daughters of the House, Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond, The Wild Girl and Delusion.