Walk the line: Author Sinéad Gleeson on needing stamina, working with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and ‘not being dead’

The Irish broadcaster and author has co-edited This Woman’s Work, a collection of essays on music by 16 female writers

‘Collaborating is so rewarding. It recalibrates your brain and enhances your own practice’ - author and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson. Picture: Sean Breithaupt

I spent a lot of time in hospital as a teenager, which are formative years. But for me were quite lonely and filled with surgery. Books and music were an escape. They saved my sanity.

I made several vague attempts at writing but they always petered out. You need a lot of stamina as a writer; a sense that you can’t imagine yourself not doing it.

I put off writing for years out of fear. ...