Teruglezen: Twitterinterview met Mark Haddon

Boekenredacteur Toef Jaeger interviewde gisteravond op de Twittercamping #Woldhorst, een initiatief van uitgeverij Atlas Contact, de Engelse schrijver Mark Haddon (1962). Lees het interview hier terug.

Haddon is in Nederland bekend om zijn debuut: het kinderboek-voor-volwassenen Het wonderbaarlijke voorval met de hond in de nacht. Een boek geschreven vanuit het perspectief van een autistisch jongetje. Haddon won er in 2004 Whitbread Book of the Year mee, een belangrijke Britse debuutprijs.

Woldhorst is een Twittercamping, opgericht door uitgeverij Atlas Contact. Voor het initiatief, dat duurt van maandag 30 juni tot en met vrijdag 4 juli, twitteren auteurs uit de stal van de uitgeverij over het werk van collega’s. Toef Jaeger, redacteur van NRC Boeken, is door Atlas Contact gevraagd om Mark Haddon op Twitter, en dus op camping Woldhorst, te interviewen. Dat interview vond gisteravond plaats tussen 20:00 en 20:30.

Twitterinterview boekenredacteur Toef Jaeger met Mark Haddon

Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger Welcome to the Woldhorst festival, @mark_haddon – it’s a Q&A, everybody may jump in (best if you use #woldhorst hashtag)
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon The first question, maybe obvious: how do you like an interview using a medium where you have to be so brief #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger ask me again in 60 minutes…
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon Okay, another one: about both Spot of Bother and Red House: is it possible to live in a family and remain sane? #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger well, some people manage it. indeed *I* manage it. but the lives of happy functioning families don’t make for good novels.
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon true, but to what extent do you identify with your characters?
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger i think that if you can’t live inside your characters then they won’t come alive. we all share something with everybody.
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon #woldhorst Is it hard to identify with the female characters in Red House?
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger initially i thought it might be but in the end daisy & melissa were the ones i felt most empathy with #woldhorst
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon Melissa? Please explain #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger i’m battling with twitter brevity but… #woldhorst 1/2
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger she’s unpleasant but only because she has failed to understand how to deal with the wirld around her. she’s in pain. #woldhorst
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon #woldhorst That makes her interesting, that’s so true. Are you working on a novel and is it about family relations as well?
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger i’m writing short stories at the moment. all of them very dark. i am hugely enjoying myself.
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon Are writing shirt stories more fun than writing a novel? #woldhorst
Twitter avatar toefjaeger toef jaeger @mark_haddon Talking about other forms: poetry (The Talking Horse…): what did you find in the form you couldn’t find in prose? #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger i didn’t use to think so. all that effort to create a world which ends after 6,000 words. but i’ve hit a grovve. #woldhorst 1/3
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger i’ve realised i don’t like writing stories in the eliptical/melancholic carver / joyce line. i like stuff to happen #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger one of the reasons i love the red house (if i can say that) is that i got all my voices into it. #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger also, i spent most of last year trying to write plays and failing. #woldhorst
Twitter avatar mark_haddon mark haddon @toefjaeger in plays someone has to *do* something. w/out action there is nothing. but in novels things can *happen* to people. #woldhorst