Interview with Claudine Toutoungi

I talked to Claudine Toutoungi about her first full collection ‘Smoothie’ (Carcanet, 2017). PART 1: THE POET Paul: You have a background in acting and theatre. How did you arrive at poetry? Claudine: There’s obviously a connection in that both genres involve a shared experience and are concerned with sound hitting the air. Growing up,... Continue Reading →

Interview with Matthew Stewart

I talked to Matthew Stewart about his first full collection ‘The Knives of Villalejo’ (Eyewear, 2017), which has been 20 years in the making. He previously published two pamphlets with HappenStance, 'Inventing Truth' in 2011 and 'Tasting Notes' in 2012. PART 1: SPAIN, WINE AND LANGUAGE Paul: The collection is full of the flavours and landscapes... Continue Reading →

Interview with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough

I talked to Elisabeth Sennitt Clough about poems from her pamphlet ‘Glass’ (winner of the inaugural Paper Swans Press Competition 2016, and subsequently the Saboteur Awards Best Poetry Pamphlet 2017) and her first collection ‘Sightings’ (Pindrop Press 2016). PART 1: THE FENS PS: When did you realise the unique quality of that black Fen soil?... Continue Reading →

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