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.
is an injustice driven poet and spoken word performer. Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales, Evrah delves in to taboo subject matter, unafraid and unapologetically. Using a mix of her own experiences and perspectives of others, Evrah confronts issues such as rape, mental health, addiction and domestic violence to evoke conversation. Evrah began writing poetry when she was just 9 years old to enable herself to rationalise her experiences. As a result, she became socially conscious and passionate about breaking silence.
Just this year Evrah was commissioned by the BBC to write and create spoken word films and has had her work publicised by BBC 2, 3, 4 and BBC Wales. Evrah has headlined various spoken word events around the North West and has also performed at including Apple’s and Snakes DiVerse #7. As a music lover, Evrah combines both music and poetry to create a contrast that both stimulates and inspires and has subsequently been aired by BBC Radio Wales as part of BBC Introducing.
Evrah’s work is a fusion of no nonsense realism, social injustice and hard hitting truths offering her audience a thought provoking experience that leaves them awakened.
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1. What inspired you to write poetry?
I started writing at 8. It began as an alternative way to express the painful experiences I was going through. Although very much a secret, it enabled me to rationalise what I was going through and became a therapy.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I was taught poetry at school, typical boring lessons, I guess I took what they taught me and created my own style.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
I think when it comes to poetry there is that elitist ideology that seems to rule curriculum and poetry focussed groups etc older poets have their place, of course, they have led the way and individually revolutionised poetry in their own way. However, it is time to focus on the here and now. The talented writers breaking barriers and using literature for change.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I write most days, if I am not writing, I am thinking about my next idea. Usually it involves a certain type of instrumental music, depending on my taste and mood that day and the subject I may want to write about.
5. What motivates you to write?
People motivate me to write. The world and everything that happens within it.
6. What is your work ethic?
Nothing worth having comes without hard work.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
It was mostly rap that influenced me growing up. Lyricists like Tupac Shakur and Eminem were massive influences in my upbringing.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
Without doubt I admire George the Poet, he doesn’t sugar coat topics and his lyricism and skill is second to none. If we were talking music, right now I believe Stormzy is incredible.
9. Why do you write, as opposed to doing anything else?
Writing has been my parent, my best friend and my role model. It has been there through tough times and seen me flourish. I can’t imagine a day without it. It’s what I breathe and live for.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
Just write. Write and read. Keep going and you will develop your own flavour and skills. Work hard and anything is achievable.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
Right now I am working with Wrexham Afc to develop a chronology of the football season. I am also working with the BBC but that’s all I can reveal right now…