All items: Matthew Sweeney

"Avoid the use of abstract nouns", he said, "that's what's holding your poetry back". It was a revelation. Now its the first piece of advice I give students when I teach creative writing.
Through Amado I sensed society could be more forgiving than life in Surrey. Tent of Miracles was my self-help book not something from the Mind and Body section. Armado's women are strong, and he loves them.

Jackie Wills speaks with Geoff Hattersley about her long collaboration with visual artist Jane Fordham, her self-directed apprenticeship in poetry, and the challenges of surviving the freelance life.