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Frying over writers mistreatment

Stephen Fry, so-called national institution and clever clogs, has been getting on my nerves recently, especially when asked (why he was asked god only knows!) what he thought of the MP expense fiasco. He said that he couldn't see what all the fuss was about, don't we all fiddle our expenses. Either he has remained totally oblivious of the scale of the expense fiddle - what's a moat here or there - or he thinks we are still in some eighteenth century thiefdom. However, that aside, he is now in Stage commenting on something more fitting to what he actually does - write. He claims that writers are often treated like an inconvenience by most producers and directors. It brings to mind Matthew Hall's article in one of the Sundays, which was commented upon in this blog at the time. What's to do? Who knows. Most writers I know would enter into a Faustian pact just to get their work 'out there', and would consider it a blessing just to be treated as an 'inconvenience' once it went into production. But I also know that most self-respecting professionals would eventually become demoralised being treated in such a way. Why do producers and directors think this way, is perhaps a more important question.

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-Dedicated with love and respect to Dr Bruce Lloyd-


And in memory of my parents:
Thomas Valentine and Joan Theresa
Good people who taught me so much more than they realised

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The biggest thank-you is due to Norma Clarke, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University, who supervised this PhD. I never had cause to doubt my initial instincts as Norma proved to be the best mentor I could ever have wished for.

I would also like to acknowledge the generous studentship that I was fortunate to be awarded by Kingston Universi…