Pippa Little speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry in her African and Scottish childhood, building a career as an early school leaver and her return to Higher Education, and her approaches to writing.
A change of place, finding a new muse, pausing on a London bridge, all can stimulate the writer's imagination again, says John Greening. From a sexual potency operation for W.B.Yeats, to Clive James’ terminal illness, there are many ways to trigger inspiration.
I write far too much, I think, which means I have to decide which poems make it out of the notebook. Many are left behind.
As an avid reader of poetry, Roy Bainton had always felt it was beyond his capabilities to write it. Then a fortuitous encounter with another RLF writer – and a provocative study of poetry by Stephen Fry – made him think again.
Her grandfather was Poet Laureate, but that isn’t why Imogen Lycett Green now curates the Betjeman Poetry Prize. Here she speaks passionately for the value of poetry to children — and the value of children to the future of poetry.