‘After my first book was published in 1987, suddenly people were offering me good fees to go to Cardiff or Newcastle or Belfast and read to people who had come just to see me.’
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Cliff Yates speaks with Geoff Hattersley about changing from school hater to school teacher, his poetry collections and his love of performing, and shares some poems featuring his distinctive touch of surrealism.
‘We tried selling the Adventures of Jetman in the school playground, which is when I first learned how indifferent most people feel towards literature.’