‘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.’
‘The Aegean pebble on the desk, the mug with the silly legend, the quiver of blunt pencils, the wonky chair, are vitally important coordinates like the stars to a medieval mariner. ‘