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Cocaine helps the writing


Why writing is tougher than the trawler
Redmond O'Hanlon Writer
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[Q] So is trawler the toughest?

No, because you're surrounded by people. The minute you've stepped on board, it's a big... well, a little human endeavour. I mean, you don't have to make your own decisions, really, except to get out of bed, and that is tough, but no, it's all done for you. No, I think the only tough thing is writing afterwards. But...

[Q] Why is that tough?

Because then you're absolutely and totally alone and you have to make your own enthusiasm. As I told you, you have to decide you'll turn up for work, but it's just you, all alone. Doesn't matter what you do in the micro world. As I told you, you can decide to stay in bed that morning, because you don't want to upset the cat, who's under the covers with you. Here he is! He heard us talking about him. Yes. The soppiest cat in the world.

British author Redmond O’Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the wildest places in the world. His travels have taken him into the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon, he has faced some of the toughest tribes alive today, and has sailed in the hurricane season on a trawler in the North Atlantic. In all of this, he explores the extremes of human existence with passion, wit and erudition.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: trawler, writing, solitude

Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds

Date story recorded: July - September 2008

Date story went live: 01 November 2017