I’m a twenty one year old writer that drinks. I like to read in the garden with my little tabby cat for company. I’m in the last year of an English and Creative writing degree, and the only thing I’ve learnt from writing seminars is that I really hate writing seminars.
What are you reading at the moment?
Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What inspires you as a writer?
Humans, snippets of conversation I hear as I walk by, animals, intoxication, dreams, death. Everything I think. Sometimes the best ideas leap out of the most mundane tasks.
Which writers do you most aspire to be like?
I’m always trying to find the treasure glinting in the filth. And I think that no one does that better than Bukowski. But that said, more than anyone I’d love to have a fraction of Hemingway’s tailored emotional power. That man was and is the master of evocative prose through minimal means.
What really made you decide to write poetry in the first place?
I first started writing poetry around the age of twelve. Most of it was spiky hormonal dross – I was a loner and very moody and found poetry to be a therapeutic outlet. My best friend moved away around that time and I made no effort to connect with anyone for a while, I just put up walls and wrote some shockingly bad rhymes.
Share one of your all-time favourite poems with us.
Book Ends by Tony Harrison. Brilliant and sad. A lot of it relates to my relationship with my own dad.
If there is one tip you can give to a fellow writer, what would it be?
Don’t stop writing. If you get rejected, keep writing. If you get your work published, keep writing. Once you’re in the swing of writing often, you’re unstoppable. You can only get better.
Where would you like to be as a writer in a few years time?
Preferably alive, and in print. I’m currently fleshing out the seed of a novel, so I’d like to beat that into submission and get it written in the next year or so. I’d love to put out more poetry too, as that’s the form closest to my heart.
Finally, share one of your favourite quotes with us.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
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