Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
I am honoured and privileged that the following poets, 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.
Sonja Benskin Mesher
Sonja lives in Dolgellau, North Wales. She is an Academician of the Royal Cambrian Academy. And has worked full-time as an artist since 1999. She explores different ways to communicate thoughts and concerns.
by no means finished; let the conversation continue…..
1. What were the circumstances under which you began to write poetry?
i was asked to support a blog site and the response was that what I wrote was verse
so be it.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
not sure, possibly school with the rhyming gallopy stuff,like
‘the road was a ribbon of moonlight’
made pictures in my head
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
not at all aware
4. What is your daily writing routine?
no real routine, that may be an issue
i write when it comes
5. What motivates you to write?
those things around me, things are said, overheard and remembered
it means the dust will not settle, and each small thing has importance. it gives me voice
a rhythm of sounds, words and all feelings
I find that when I cannot draw it, photograph it I can at least describe it
i started writing
a long time back, in my head. I started writing it on paper, perhaps 10 years now
6. Why do you write poetry?
to commemorate the times, and happenings, to let the secrets free
7. i like glyn hughes.
8. i think you asked what advice I have for others…..
just do it really, keep doing it
your own way.
there really are no rules ( think on this)
Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA