What inspires you about Basingstoke and Deane?
People, always people! Jane Austen was a genius at depicting (and understanding) people, and I love Adam Roud’s statue of her in the Market place – she wasn’t as grand and fancy as some of the places and people she portrays - more of an outsider looking in, sometimes struggling to make ends meet, like a lot of us today. And the beauty of Basingstoke is that its history is so near the surface – especially in places like London Street, Wote Street and Cross Street. Often, when you’re writing about places, you’re writing about people – people you remember – or someone you see, or a snatch of overheard conversation. Also, it’s easy to be inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the current arts scene here in the borough – the festival being a brilliant example of that.
What advice would you give aspiring writers in the Basingstoke area?
Go for it! Write, and connect with other creatives – the Discovery Centre is a great place to start. Basingstoke is brilliant at inclusive and diverse forms of arts and culture – look around the town centre to be inspired by street art, take in a concert at the Anvil or a play at the Haymarket. The Basingstoke Festival with its wonderful array of outdoor theatre is a must. Whatever your writing interests, from poetry to plays, novels to biographies, there’s room for everyone and plenty of inspiration to be had via the Hampshire Cultural Trust venues and the Basingstoke Heritage Society. Get out there, be inspired and create!
The trail will be available on throughout the duration of Basingstoke Festival.
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Our thanks to Rebecca Lyon. June 2023