Linda Brogan Writer and Producer
1. What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being your own boss.
2. How would you describe your work to new readers?
I was a traditional playwright. Now I am more of a producer.
3. Why did you choose to get involved in the Rochdale Literature Festival?
I needed to raise 10% match funding in an Arts Council proposal to excavate my teenage club the Reno in Moss Side Manchester. See www.thereno.live. I exchanged a workshop of my skills for £250 towards my funding.
4. How has your previous career informed your writing?
My entire life has informed my writing. I don't know how to imagine things only how to deconstruct things that have happened to me looking for the truth. I love the discovery inside that. I haven't really had a career other than writing.
5. What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?
My current project Excavating The Reno because again it makes me my own boss. Whereas on paper you would think it would be my first play transferring to the Royal Court. Plus technically my worst moment has turned out to be my best. I was exiled from my play Speechless for suggesting to my white middle class director that she was asking the secondary white characters what they thought and telling the main black characters what to think. Awful in that moment. But lead me to untangle historical feelings of inferiority that have set me free.