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.
Dimitris Bonovas was born on 10-9-1989 in Ioannina, Greece. He graduated from University of Western Macedonia in the field of Computer Science and Engineering.
He started writing and composing at the age of 17. He graduated from Tsakalof conservatory at Ioannina with the degree of Harmony (2009), Counterpoint (2011) and Fugue (2015) with piano experience.
He took part in 2nd, 3rd and 4th team poetry collections of “Διάνυσμα” publications (2015, 2016, 2017) and he has published a personal one in 2016.
Personal blog :
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
D.B. : It wasn’t something specific. From the beginning, I was driven by my thoughts and emotions. I write when I’m sad, I write when I’m happy, I write when I’m in love… I write all the time!
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
D.B. : My experiences. I always wanted to find a way to express myself, to share my feelings with other people. And I found poetry.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
D.B. : I was always fascinated by the work of great poets like Shakespeare, Poe, Neruda. And also Greek famous poets like Cavafy, Karyotakis and my personal favourite, Tasos Livaditis. I admire the way they had to “communicate” with others, how they did what they did.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
D.B.: I don’t have a routine. I will sit there with my pen in my hand and let my heart do the talking.
5. What motivates you to write?
D.B. : Everything. It can be a feeling, or a personal experience or even a strange person on the way home.
6. What is your work ethic?
D.B. : Just “don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you”.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
D.B. : After reading all those great poems by these extraordinary minds, I think that somehow they became a part of me. You can find a little Cavafy in me or a little Livaditis.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
D.B. : I admire those writers that write for the pleasure that it gives them. Not for fame or for money.
9. Why do you write?
D.B. : For me, writing is much more than just writing. It’s the air that I breathe, the blood that runs through my veins… I think I found a way to fly.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
D.B. : There’s no answer to that question because the only thing you have to “learn” is how to put one letter after the other. After that, if you have it, start writing. That’s all.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
D.B. : Right now, I have five projects on the run. Two about poetry, my personal one and one collaboration, one about prose and two about music (I am a musician also). In addition, along with some friends of mine, we are running a blog about literature (silverybooks.blogspot.com)