How long have you been writing poetry?
Since I was 4. The first poem I ever wrote was inspired by a video on Beowulf I saw during “carpet time” at school. I was compulsively writing poetry before I wanted to do anything else.
Who are your favourite poets/writers?
I don’t really have a favourite author but to list some who’s work I love … Richard Yates, Aldous Huxley, Sylvia Plath, Anais Nin, Laurie Lee, Virginia Woolf, Billy Collins, Pablo Neruda, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, Carson McCullers, Andrew Solomon, Shirley Jackson, E.E Cummings, Hilary Mantel.
How long does it take you to write a poem?
I’m a bit of a knee jerk writer. I get an idea, (quite often at 3am when my brain is being active)…I want the idea to be a poem, I see the poem in my head, and then I quickly write it down. Then I publish it – I don’t really pontificate over poems, I lack the patience.
What are your future plans regarding writing/poems?
I wish to put together an anthology of the poems I’ve written on here, and other than that, just to continue sharing my own work and reading poetry.