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‘Literature was more life-like that life itself. Between hard covers I began to recognise myself.’

Donny O’Rourke speaks with Geoff Hattersley about American influences, anthologising a golden age of Scottish poetry, his love of travel, and how you distinguish a poem from a song.

‘I lived in Andersonstown, Belfast, I was teaching there. And what I saw incensed me, so I wrote about that.’