Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.
Alexander Arnaudov was born on 11/11/1998 in the town of Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently he studies Applied computing in Dundee, Scotland. Since the beginning of 2018 he is an editor in the online magazine New Asocial Poetry.
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
Poetry came into my life as a sufficient way to cope with life in a creative manner. It was definitely a coming of age process and it didn’t happen immediately. On top of my head I can recall horrifying first poetic experiments in my early years of high school. However I neither focused nor completely left this initiative. The result for the past 9 months is that writing has become an inseparable part of my daily routine along with reading. I would dare to say that the best inspiration is the desire to explore your own mind and also expand to foreign horizons literature.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
It was a very fortunate accident. A co-worker of mine introduced me to one of the editors of New Asocial Poetry online magazine – Vasil Praskov. This marked the beginning of my conscious writing experience. I had the privilege to study in a school which had an excellent English literature course and this definitely gave a strong start of my interest in poetry. Nevertheless my poetic backbone was the presence of Vasil who is my literary advisor and editor.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
Again fortunately I was never aware of the presence of any literature figures in modern Bulgarian literature. I believe it is a plus because I was able to explore foreign and classic authors which helped me establish a proper aesthetic taste and overview. In a sense I feel very old fashioned because I really enjoy medieval literature and plays which is definitely not a common interest.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
There is always a moment in my everyday life where I lose connection with the real world and I definitely need to “vent” myself in these moments with writing. I believe that there is a stigma that creative writers had to be introverted and not communicative but I think my most successful writing happen after moments of severe positivity or experience with someone. Routine is too limiting to explain the process of writing it is an additional sense that helps to translate and ascended physical and emotional phenomena.
5. What motivates you to write?
In my experience an individual never comes to resonate with his life experience until he starts writing. Separating yourself from the conscious and stimulating the sense of perception is a really rewarding experience for ones state of mind. Furthermore writing is a social experience in a sense. When you get to meet a fascinating bunch of people and compare writing to an actual person is a one of a kind communication. Being able to grasp an understanding of others work is also what makes writing and creating such a worthwhile process.
6. What is your work ethic?
The first thing that I had to get a grasp is how to conveniently cultivate moments in which I most creative and in the mood for writing. Definitely the most important part of writing is editing and reading. I try to spend a lot of personal time with exploring new texts in order to expand my horizon. Moreover editing my own texts and diving them into worthy and unusable is also a very time demanding and challenging task.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
In my early adolescent years I had a specific interest for medieval literature which mesmerised me in the same way a childhood stories. The Vulgate Cycle and the round table of knights of King Arthurs is definitely a favourite and go to reading material when I feel a lack of motivation. Fantasy and fiction have also been an inseparable part of my early reading experience. These types of books paved the way for me to develop a taste for classic literature and explore even more authors in order to try and find an influence.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most
I have a very close relationship and interest in all of the writers that participate in our project New Asocial Poetry. Without a doubt I admire the manner and way in which authors grow before my eyes which is a very rewarding experience. Apart from all the wonderful individuals there I would say that the authors that had the most of an impact on my understanding for poetry have been Katerina Stoykova-Klemer and Krasimir Vardiev. They were both authors that were recommended to me and I found something special and unique in there writing. This for me is the most important experience in literature to find something that elevates ones consideration of linguistic use and structuralism in poetry.
9. Why do you write?
For me personally I find most interesting the words and thoughts that people do not desire to speak out loud. The ideas that are embedded within the human mind and experience is what makes me want to write even more and more. Definitely writing is a learning curve that is similar to the coming of age process. However it is the journey and transformation that happens through writing that piques my interest.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
You become a writer the moment you start experiencing life in your own words. It is not everyone that are able to do that properly or in a creative manner. One of the first things that comes to mind is a dialogue with literary patron Vasil Praskov who mentioned something in a similar manner “Before you become a writer you have to learn how to write and find your own style”. This is something of major importance that most young or new writers struggle with. In my own experience I try to repeat that to myself in order to yet become a writer in the near or distant future.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
Currently I am working and helping as an editor of the online magazine New Asocial Poetry. It as an alternative literature scene that provides a creative space for authors to share their work. We are aiming to provide a place for young people where they can grow as authors and hone their writing skills. During the summer we made group travel in different cities in which we held literary nights with authors from the respective places which was a great and valuable experience. We also have monthly events where we invite authors from the current issue to presents their texts in front of an audience. Also we are currently working on an Anthology book that will include all of the participating individuals from the project.