Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Isabelle Kenyon

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.

Isabelle Kenyon

is currently a northern, UK based poet. Isabelle is the author of This is not a Spectacle, Micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered (Origami Poetry Press) and Digging Holes To Another Continent (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York). She is the editor of Fly on the Wall Press, a small press for charitable anthologies, the latest of which is Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, which raises money for UK mental health charity, Mind and came runner up for Best Anthology at the Saboteur Awards, 2018.
Her poems have been published in many poetry anthologies, such as The Road To Clevedon Pier and The Inkyneedles anthology. She has had poems published in literary journals such as The Blue Nib, Foxtrot Uniform, Mojave Heart Review, Bonnie’s Crew, The Pangolin Review, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Eskimo Pie, Scrittura, Anti – Heroin Chic, Bewildering Stories and Literary Yard.

Her website is:


The Interview

1. What inspired you  to write poetry?

Originally I think it was just a love of words and storytelling and then became a way of processing feelings! Now I’d say it’s more important to me than a diary.

2. Who introduced you to poetry?

My Granny Olga was a poet and author and she used to get me to read out loud to her, my short stories, comics and poetry. I told her at the age of 7 that her poems weren’t any good because they didn’t rhyme!

3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?

I wasn’t very aware then because I was reading more fiction. Now I have heaps of older poets who I absolutely adore. I’ve always loved Sylvia Plath though.

4. What is your daily writing routine?

I don’t have one but at the moment I’m writing on a certain theme- the value of women’s bodies, to develop into a full manuscript. I try to write a poem a day at the moment but sometimes I’m lucky if it’s one a week!

5. What motivates you to write?

People! Humans do weird things.

6. What is your work ethic?

Work the hardest that I can, tire myself out, then try even harder!

7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?

I used to adore Cornelia Funke, whose descriptions were always very imagery heavy. I love layers of imagery when writing and reading.

8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?

I think Indigo Dreams is publishing some of the most innovative writers currently. Poets like Kitty Coles and Anna Saunders.

9. Why do you write?

To process how I feel! Often, to make a statement.

10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”

You say that you are one and people will believe you, as long as you do.

11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.

Publishing ‘Persona Non Grata’ via my press, Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, for charities Shelter and Crisis Aid UK, on the theme of social exclusion.

Starting Fly on the Wall Poetry Press’ first magazine!

Finishing my first full length collection to submit to presses…

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