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'Buying books to sell at readings; buying more to send out as extra review copies; attending unlikely events in the unlikely hope that someone at the library / town hall / village fete might be looking for poetry.'
01-10-2020

Stephen Romer speaks with John Greening about the themes and technical preoccupations of his poetry, his life in France, his poetic influences and the deeply personal source material that inspired one of his collections.

'Perhaps your subject went away; the war ended; you moved from your special place; the poet of youth grew old, or became Poet Laureate.'
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.
13-09-2018

Gillian Allnutt speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry and role models, her work with asylum seekers, and the contrasting influences of teaching and meditation on her writing.

Should poetry be about something — other than itself? asks John Greening, considering some famous examples of works that have defied this question, as well as others which have dared to be topical, even at the risk of becoming irrelevant over time.
18-08-2016

Nicholas Murray talks with George Miller about his book on the British poets of the first world war, and his own career as a poet, including his most recent collection of animal poems.

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