Jeanette Winterson on gardening and writing

 
“I learned to garden the way I learned to write – out of necessity.  We needed vegetables and flowers, and I needed to tell myself a long story about life – I am still telling it – a kind of beanstalk that grows and grows, and I can climb it, both to escape the possibility of life at the bottom, and to find another world where giants and castles and harp-playing hens are still to be found.
 
Gardening, like story-telling, is a continuing narrative.  One thing leads to another.  Like stories, there is always something going on in the garden long after the gardener has gone to bed.  The thing grows, unfolds, changes, develops a maddening life of its own.  For me, as a writer, I go to sleep with an idea in my head, and it takes hold during the night.  I open the back door in the morning, and the tulips that refused to look at me the night before, have opened in the sun.”
 
– Jeanette Winterson
 
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7 thoughts on “Jeanette Winterson on gardening and writing

  1. Julie

    I love it! Just spent all evening in the garden, and now it’s time to write:) Thanks for posting, Michelle.

  2. Susan Richardson

    Really pleased to have read this on a day of poem-writing and planting sweet pea seeds! Thank you.

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