‘I write far too much, I think, which means I have to decide which poems make it out of the notebook. Many are left behind. ‘
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Pippa Little speaks with Geoff Hattersley about poetry in her African and Scottish childhood, building a career as an early school leaver and her return to Higher Education, and her approaches to writing.
‘If I move to my laptop too soon I find it cuts off experiment and somehow ‘sets’ the poem in a way that makes if harder to make fundamental changes.’
‘For prose I need my fingers moving on a keyboard or a page; poetry tends to come to me out loud (I live alone fortunately).’