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.
I retired from full time teaching and therapy in 2000. Since then I have focused on the development of mindfulness, including my arts, play writing, poetry and photography.
I have had a play published by the Arts Council and was showcased in the Oxfordshire Millennium Magazine “Oxford Inspires”.
I am committed to participatory arts activity, working as a Mindfulness teacher, group leader, coach and educator with people of all ages, who want to lead more artistic creative fulfilled lives.
There is also a political dimension to my work. My scathing anti-war trilogy called “Falluja in Charlbury” was performed at Methodist Central Hall for “The People’s Assembly”, when protesters gathered there to oppose Blair’s criminal adventure in Iraq in 2003. I feel a deep sense of compassion for human suffering.
My book of twenty first century Fairy Tales, written in verse, “Telling It Like It Is,” explores with infectious humour how children of today still live out the patterns of classical folk story. Children are often inspired to write their own stories. The poems also work well for emotionally disturbed adolescents, or visiting foreign students learning English.
I am also passionate about the Oxfordshire Wychwood landscape, a main focus of my poems and photography. I take groups on mindfulness walks in the countryside helping create beautiful poetry and pictures.
Over the last three years I have helped over 600 people become involved in this “poem-picture” arts genre.
I see the forest as an Eden, where Adam and Eve may be found and even photographed naked among the trees.
My wife, Gill, died in June 2009. My book, “A Journey Through Grief,” describes my grieving process in prose, poetry and pictures.
Brief list of credits:
A play published by the UK Arts council and performed in Brighton
Digital Art and Photography published in an American Art Magazine T.H.E
Featured in “Universe D’artistes,” a French based on-line fine art nude magazine
Featured in “Oxford Inspires” Celebrating Oxfordshire magazine for “Poetry and Pictures”
Published poet, with a book of fairy tales in verse, “Telling It Like It Is”, and a contributor to many anthologies both UK and Internationally. My work is increasingly taught in schools across the south of England.
Poem_Picture Artist of the Year 2006
Prize winner, landscape art competition, “Outside In,” Nuffield NHS Trust and OVADA
Retired director of “The Oxford School of Psychotherapy and Counselling”
Retired Director of Wombtwin.com
Website: deepermindfulness.com coming soon
about.me/NickOwen22 Kingsfield Crescent
1. When and why did you start to write poetry?
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
Popeye on tv and my infant school teacher
3. How aware are you of the dominating presence of older poets traditional and contemporary?
Sometimes I think LC has written all the love songs.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
5. What motivates you to write?
inspiration something that moves me deeply
5.1 What usually moves you deeply?
love war nature
5.2 What is it about love war nature that moves you?
These are the things that disturb my normal states. I have intense feelings which seek a way of expression. Poetry is the best way to express these feelings. War brings anger and pain love brings joy and sorrow nature brings ecstasy
6. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
They are deep in there. Call me old fashioned I dont care. I love rhythm and metre
7. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
Alice Oswald is astonishinh. I heard her read for an hour from her own work in the dark. Spine chilling. She is the heir to Hughes
8. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
9. And finally, Nick, tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
I have a little book of poetry on love and war coming along and courses on my new website deepermindfulness. Com coming soon