I wrote about Luigi Marchini’s Kilimanjaro climb recently here, but I forgot to nab him then for the five sentences, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back so we can find out a little more about him.
You can read some of his work here, and find out what he is doing for writers in Kent at the Save As Writers page – and please note their Dickens Writing Competition deadline is 15th August. THERE IS STILL TIME TO ENTER..
But before you do, do read Luigi’s answers here…
When you were small, you wanted to …stay small forever and never venture into the big, bad world.
The one thing you can never resist is … I can resist anything except a blank page.
You may not say it aloud but…I am a fraud; I delude myself that I can write and others are too polite to tell me I can’t.
The last time you went ‘WOOP’ with excitement was … when Leeds Rhinos beat Wigan Warriors in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Semi-Final a few weeks ago.
Your five favourite words are …. oblivion, melancholy, adroit, popinjay, usurp – no idea why so don’t ask!
And some additional thoughts:
Favourite writing place in Kent (could be garden, café, bench, Margate shelter…): believe it or not at my pc! I used to write on trains and pay for people to type up my work but once I learned how to use a pc-and could afford to buy one-I found that I can actually think better here as well as type. The blank page is less of a challenge here than anywhere else.
A book about Kent or by a Kent writer you would recommend: this is probably cheating but Eliot wrote part of The Wasteland in Margate and Margate is mentioned in the poem. Loathe it or love it-and I veer between the two extremes constantly-it is as close as you will get to essential reading in English Literature outside of Shakespeare.
Thanks Luigi. And he really is as modest as these answers suggest (and as everyone who knows him will agree) so although I am tempted to gift him a photograph of the Leeds Rhinos as a thank you for coming on, I’m going to direct you instead to his fundraising page for his climb up Kilimanjaro. He is collecting money for Dementia UK, a very worthy cause, and so so near his monetary goal for the climb.
Go on, tip him over the edge, but not this one …
(I swear my jokes get worse. Nope, please no-one say anything…)