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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.

‘To write well it’s essential to know who you’re writing for; this is true for any writing genre, from children’s fiction to academic essays. ‘
‘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. ‘