ONE 9 • Conversations: Suhayl Saadi on Writing, Publishing & Identity

ONE: What is the background to Joseph’s Box? How long did you spend writing it?
SH: I got the idea around 2000, and started doing research, then started physically writing it in the early part of 2002 when I received a bursary from the Scottish Arts Council, and blasted through it before I ran out of money. I left it to work on Psychoraag, until I had more time. I wrote the second two thirds between 2006 to 2007. I don’t how long it took, if you were to add it up to a fulltime equivalent, I think it would be probably about 18 months.