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Posted by Corina Duyn

March 27th 2015

Dear Mr. Nicholson My name is Corina Duyn. I am an artist and writer living in Ireland. I am currently working on a limited edition Artist Book with the title into the light. It consists of a series of loose A5 sheets, which will be gathered in a box. The topic is the experience of living with chronic illness. The personal, emotional, practical and social issues; learning to live well within the given challenges; the beauty and gratitude that can be found as a result of this life change. The reflections are written from my personal experience of seventeen years of living with a debilitating chronic illness. Inspired also by the writing of many others, either living with illness, or simply reflections on life in general. I would like to ask to have the permission to use the following sentence(s) 'We read to know we are not alone.' (Used in the movie Shadowlands). As an artist living with limited funds, any assistance with this project is greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged in the book. Kindest regards, Corina Duyn

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, you have my permission. No charge.

Posted by Robert Wetmore

March 22nd 2015

I just watched Shadowlands. Throughout the movie, I kept exclaiming to my wife, "This is such a well written film. I haven't heard one fake line yet!" Granted, this movie is a tear-jerker movie, but it is masterfully written. I have decided to track down all of the films you have written and watch them over the next few months. Why do you think it is that so few films have good screenplays? Is it like the limited pool of fantastic baseball players--no matter how many expansion clubs are added to the leagues, there still are just so many folks out there with the raw talent necessary to be a star? So often when I watch a well-directed movie, I still feel that the screen-play was canned, safe, cheap, fake, etc. Do you feel that way as well?

William Nicholson responded:

You'll find the films with my name on are very variable. This is because (or so I claim) the writer has no control over the away his work is translated to screen. 'Shadowlands' was rare in that Richard Attenborough shot exactly what I wrote. 'Gladiator' was also rare, because I was there on the set throughout. I'm also proud of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', and the film I wrote and directed, 'Firelight'. Too often good screenplays get buried in the production process. The canned, safe effect you notice comes from film producers opting for the safe option, the option that has worked before. You can't blame them, films cost a lot of money, and we screenwriters need the producers to keep making money, or we're all out of work. But it is a problem. One way out now, a way I'm taking, is to write for television. That's where the best writing is now to be found.

Posted by Anomomis

March 18th 2015

What inspired you to become a writer

William Nicholson responded:

My parents. They loved books, and I wanted them to admire me, so I wanted to write books. Silly reason, but that's how these things start.

Posted by stephen donovan

March 13th 2015

Is it possible to come down to beautiful Sussex to meet with you, in order to obtain advice - which, subject to what you say, might hopefully become a project? Or perhaps the next time you find yourself in Londinium with a few minutes to spare, we might grab a cuppa?

William Nicholson responded:

You write as if we've met - have we?

Posted by Lorraine Kleinwaks

March 12th 2015

Dear William Nicholson, No question ... just to let you know that I loved AMHERST! I'm a U..S blogger who has just posted a review @: Lorraine Kleinwaks

William Nicholson responded:

Thank you. I love being classed as 'enchanted prose'.

Posted by Dina Davis

March 12th 2015

I would like to follow your Blog, but don't know how. In the past I've submitted questions about Fact and Fiction, and found your answers apposite to my own work. I've now started my own Blog at, where I'm posting excerpts of my fictionalised biography, 'Capriccio'. My question is: how can I follow your Blog? Best wishes, Dina

William Nicholson responded:

I don't really know any other way of following my blog than taking a look at this website from time to time. I expect there is some system, but I'm not on Facebook, so I'm no help. Sorry. But I'm very happy that anything I've written has been of use.