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Old 1st Dec 2004, 8:29   #1
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Mr. Col met W.H.Auden's cousin yesterday, so tell us who've you've met and where - all tenuous links admissable:





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I don't think I've met any literary types other than at readings, where I suppose standing in a queue to exchange an awkward sentence while getting your book signed just about counts as "meeting." (Though in that sense of meetings I've not done too badly, with Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Jeanette Winterson, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Colm Tóib*n, Louis de Bernieres, Zadie Smith and others passing through local literary events over the last few years.) However a friend of mine lives near Will Self in Vauxhall and regularly sees him in Sainsbury's, and also from time to time in his pyjamas on the front step having a smoke - thus proving that he is not master of his own house.
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It's a veritable b-lit Bermuda triangle around here. This one lives just across the road from us. This one lives in the next street. And this one, whose YA fiction seems to be doing remarkably badly given all the publicity it's had, lives three streets away.
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This is my old English teacher.
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On a non-literary note, my best friend and I did once see Paul Darrow in Sainsbury's in Swansea (he had been playing Vimes in the tour of Guards Guards)

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Years ago, before a signing session, I had a nice chat with Michael Palin in Waterstone's about train spotting on Retford station (he was raised in Sheffield, so would travel the thirty-odd miles to Retford to see the London-Edinburgh express zip through). Nice chap.

Oh, and I work with the guy that wrote this.
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We had a meal sitting next to Richard Briers once in Durham, and also in Durham, Griff Rhys Jones in the cathedral tea rooms. And a long time ago in Oxford we sat at the next table to Jeremy Irons and his son (about the time they were filming Danny Champion of the World together).

Thinks hard... at school we did a poetry workshop with Ian McMillan.
And our deputy head was the real model for the thuggish teacher in Barry Hines' Kestrel for a Knave (Hines went to my school).
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I once saw this guy in a petrol station in King's Lynn!
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I once got a phonecall from John Habgood, inviting me and Mr. Col to stay overnight at Bishopthorpe Palace (yes, please!)
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Beryl and I are friends of John Gardner, to the extent that the book illustrated is dedicated to us.
And Dr Anthony Clayton comes to us to have his books taken from manuscript to MSWord.
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