An interview from May 9 2007
The Guardian has one of the first interviews with Will to coincide with the publication of his new novel, The Butt.
Will was talking about his forthcoming book, Psychogeography.
A Q&A about Will’s home town, from the Evening Standard, 8.11.01
SpikeMagazine.com, May 1997: Chris Mitchell talks to WS about Great Apes and the aftermath of the Prime Minister heroin airplane incident:
“”People understood intuitively at that point that to have an animal that was close to human but not human threw into turmoil a whole set of categories about cosmology and the Chain of Being,” he explains. “Swift was the first of a long line of satirists in the eighteenth century to have ape fantasies and construct ape worlds; there’s a Dutch version of it, a German version – it became a very enduring theme. So I’m not so much writing in the tradition of Swift as standing this long tradition of ape fantasies on its head.”
SpikeMagazine.com, April 1997: Robert Clarke talks to WS about Tough Tough Toys For Tough Tough Boys:
SpikeMagazine.com, October 2000: Chris Hall talks to Will Self about How The Dead Live:
SpikeMagazine.com, January 2002: Chris Hall talks to WS on the publication of Feeding Frenzy:
“CH: Why did you only interview women?
WS: I like women! Dammit, I like women!
CH: You gave Margaret Beckett the full treatment didn’t you?
Tom Templeton, January, 2004
“Back in the Eighties, I drew a cartoon strip in the New Statesman about a middle-class Andy Capp whose response to the recession was never to get out of bed. I’d always been a frustrated writer and the captions got longer and longer and the drawings more rudimentary until I dispensed with the drawings altogether.
Having children is the point at which you have to be who you are. Up until then you can assume another name, change your group of friends or move to another part of town, but once you have children you can’t unwish yourself because that’s to unwish them. ”