Rachel Cusk Interview: Advice to the Young


“You get a lot further by sticking to your guns and not trying to second-guess what people want to read.” Strong advice from the award-winning Canadian-British writer Rachel Cusk in this short video.

Cusk talks about publishing as a sort of capitalist system that is mixed up with success in terms of selling copies of books and pleasing people: “That’s a great difficulty in writing – the market.” Many writers, she feels, are led into a compromise “in their basic relationship to truth in their material,” and resisting is a challenge.

Rachel Cusk (b. 1967) is a Canadian-born writer, who lives and works in England. Her novels include ‘Saving Agnes’ (1993), ‘The Country Life’ (1997), ‘The Lucky Ones’ (2003), ‘Arlington Park’ (2006), and the Outline Trilogy – ‘Outline’ (2014), ‘Transit’ (2017), and ‘Kudos’ (2018). Cusk is also the author of non-fiction such as ‘A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother’ (2001), ‘Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation’ (2012), and ‘Coventry: Essays’ (2019). She is the recipient of the prestigious awards Whitbread First Novel Award (1993), and the Somerset Maugham Award (1997).

Rachel Cusk was interviewed by Tonny Vorm in August 2019 in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.

Camera: Anders Lindved

Edited by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen

Produced by Marc-Christoph Wagner

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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