Roger Hawcroft
1 min readFeb 3, 2022


Oh dear! Should I really answer that or should I ignore it, as you did my questions of you?

If you are “truly curious” then I must wonder what has been the extent of your reading. It is difficult to believe that anyone interested in writing would not be widely read and also acquainted with the main motivations for writing, one of which, of course, includes the desire to focus attention on an issue and encourage or promote a particular reaction to it, i.e. a change on the reader’s part.

It strikes me that your question is perhaps somewhat disingenuous. There was a time when I would have responded in kind but I have long since recognised the pointlessness of that and have no wish to contribute towards the acrimony that usually accompanies it.

Instead and despite your avoidance of my own question, I will simply suggest that you read more widely and, perhaps, more perceptively. Your question ought to be readily answered if you delve into works of any of the following significant and, in my view, great writers who wrote to create change. This list, of course, represents only a tiny proportion of those who have done so.

Thomas Paine

Karl Marx

Upton Sinclair

Dee Brown

Charles Darwin

Charles Dickens

Betty Friedan

Adam Smith

Martin Luther

Naomi Klein

Noam Chomsky

Salman Rushdie

William Shakespeare

Jack Kerouac

Jane Austen

Alice Munro

Maya Angelou

Barbara Kingsolver

Eleanor Catton

George Orwell

Toni Morrison

Antoine de St Expert

May Sarton

John Stewart Mill

Aldous Huxley



Roger Hawcroft

Expat Tyke in Australia. Dismayed & depressed at World conflict/poverty/disadvantage/hatred. Buoyed by music, art, literature, nature, animals & birds.