Blake Morrison: ‘You must write a memoir as if you’re writing a novel’

The author of And When Did You Last See Your Father? on his new novel, the story of a literary executor

Blake Morrison is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist and librettist, and a professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is best known for his acclaimed memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, which was made into a film starring Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson and Colin Firth, and for his study of the murder of James Bulger, As If. His novel The Last Weekend was adapted for television in 2012. His latest novel is The Executor (Chatto & WIndus, £16.99).

Your new book is about a journalist, Matt, who reluctantly agrees to become the literary executor of an old friend, a poet called Robert Pope, only for him to die unexpectedly. What drew you to this situation?
A very old ...