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'Poets are said to do their best work in their early years (Thom Gunn wrote Fighting Terms as a student, and how old was Helen Mort when she began?) Young poets aren’t always the best judge of what’s good, though. Editorial skills come later.'

Andy Jackson speaks with John Greening about the patron saints of obscure and modern things, the sonnet as a ‘design classic’, anthologising as the joy of involving other poets in ‘daft ideas’ and the fun of ‘otwituaries’.


Stephen Romer wrestles with a writing workshop, and the surprising worldview of his young participants, at a time of turbulence in his own writing life.

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