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You enter a new world every time you open a book.
People sometimes see reading and writing as solitary pastimes, but for me the sharing of stories has always been an important social act. I was lucky enough to be born a twin, and since early childhood books were things to be squealed over, talked about and reenacted in games of ‘let’s pretend’ with my sister. I was a shy kid, and discovered quickly that writing and reading can be wonderful ways of connecting with people. When I write a story, I’m communicating something that I’ve felt, or thought, or experienced. When I read someone else’s work and find I can relate to the piece, I’m recognising some part of that writer’s thoughts or experiences mirrored in myself. That moment of recognition and connection is my favourite thing about reading, and seeing it happen for other people is my favourite thing about organising events in the arts.”