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Don Paterson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Toy Fights: A Boyhood

Hay Festival 2023, 

The poet discusses his deeply humane and brutally hilarious boyhood memoir Toy Fights with broadcaster and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. Born in Dundee, Paterson spent his boyhood on a council housing estate, dodging kids who wanted to kill him in a game of Toy Fights and obsessing over everything from origami to sex and Scottish football cards. The first 20 years of his life – for better or worse – shaped who he would become. His story is one of family, money and music, as well as schizophrenia, hell, narcissists, debt and the working class. Paterson has won some of the country’s most prestigious poetry prizes, and spent 25 years as a poetry editor.

Don Paterson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor