I didn’t make any resolutions for this year because my life already looks like this.
Actually, I did make one – although that was some time in November – which was to submit the work I’ve been doing since, say, Summer. But all I want to do is draw. I’m sure this is temporary. I am frequently asked what advice I would give to young writers like myself. First: do not publish or perform too early. Fifteen is impressive but probably detrimental. Second: find someone you like who is willing to constantly read and respond to your work. Third: stay away from the BBC or anyone else who wishes to interview you until you feel you have something to say. Fourth: do not let anyone take away from you the pleasure of reading and appreciating new work by forcing you to do so. Fifth: “be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.”- Gustave Flaubert
In February I will be poet in residence at a school in Kent and will be taking the above with me. I often wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t gone to my first poetry reading at the Croydon Clocktower, and if I’d waited before producing anything. Of course it’s no problem and no pressure to write good poems when no-one is asking you to. If anything, those are the best circumstances.