Relevant ‘Start the Week’ on BBC Radio4  this morning . In a time of invented facts fiction can  tell the truth. I understand completely where Miranda Doyle is coming from ‘fictionalising’ her memoir. I have been on a similar journey. I spent 3 years interviewing Qu Leilei-  one of a group of  courageous Chinese  artists called The Stars . I asked Wang Keping   what he felt before he left his flat to march to Tiananmen Square (October 1979 ). He said he burned his diaries and any letters that could link him to someone because he thought he wouldn’t be coming back and he wanted to protect his friends. I wanted to write their story!  In the end I wrote Brushstrokes in Time a memoir of a FICTIONAL female artist called Little Winter. I believe my novel  expressed the emotional truth better than a non-fiction account of the Stars. The Reith Lectures will be given by Hilary Mantel and  she knows  what it takes to  get to the truth through fiction.

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