‘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.’
‘I score out phrases, draw connecting arrows between ideas, and play around with words on the page. A mouse and keyboard would slow me down.’