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Authors reveal words they regret not writing

10th March 2010

Three authors have revealed to the Daily Mail what they wished they had written to loved ones before their deaths.

Former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion explained that his mother was involved in an accident when he was a teenager and he never had a chance to say goodbye.

Writing now to his mother, the poet said her accident and the long period she spent in hospital taught him that life is full of 'tragedies and disappointments', but they are balanced out by love and art.

'You made me become a writer because you made me want to make things that are the opposite of death. That might even outlast death,' Sir Andrew wrote.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson wants to let her biological mother know she is 'not angry anymore' that she was adopted when young.

However, Lost and Found writer Lucy Cavendish told the newspaper that she would use her letter to tell her grandmother that she has not forgiven her for the cruel treatment she suffered in childhood.

The authors' words came as charity Booktrust asked writers over the age of 60 to craft the letter they wish they had sent to a loved one, promising the reward of a GBP 100 book token to 25 winners.

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