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INKSPILL – 2015 Guest Writers Revealed

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Later today the INKSPILL programme will be revealed, giving participants chance to see what is on offer and of interest to them over the this weekend (24/25th October).

There will be more information released on our Guests and their books, links will be available for you to explore and buy tomorrow.

GUEST

David Calcutt

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Alison May

Daniel Sluman

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Daniel Sluman our Featured Poet IS BACK!

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You may remember we are fortunate enough to be featuring Daniel Sluman on AWF in the lead up to publication of his second collection ‘the terrible’ (Nine Arches Press) – due out later this year.

Here is a reminder if you missed the posts:

https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/introducing-daniel-sluman/

https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/

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GREAT NEWS

Daniel Sluman is back after working on his first draft of ‘the terrible’ he is now in a position to talk to us exclusively about the process of building a second collection.

COMING SOON!

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Daniel Sluman

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AWF is lucky to be promoting Daniel Sluman and his new collection of Poetry ‘the terrible’ due out later in 2015.

Interview with Daniel Sluman – By Nina Lewis

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1) You studied a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing in 2008, had you written poetry before then?

Like a lot of people, I’d tried writing poetry in my teens. I think it was probably a way to try and come to terms with my disability, and the general confusion that comes with puberty. The writing was absolutely awful, lots of she’s so pretty, why doesn’t she love me? type poems. I can’t help but wince when I glance at them now.

2) Can you remember the first poem you were really proud of?

I don’t think that feeling has really happened yet, I’m not sure it will. The perfect poem in my head is always going to fail on the page, I see my job as minimizing the damage. I think that ‘Absence’, the first poem from my debut, was really important to me in opening up a dialogue between myself and my disability, so that definitely stands out in that way.

3) What motivated you to complete an MA in Creative & Critical Writing?

I enrolled on the BA in English Literature & Creative Writing on a kind of a whim. I was staring down the barrel of temp work and I felt like I was at an important crossroads in life. I enjoyed the BA so much, the MA seemed like a no-brainer, and the theory and workshops I engaged within my MA have been vital to me as a writer and as a researcher. I’m incredibly happy that I made the decision to do my MA, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to take this step up to PhD level.

4) What would be your best tip for combating procrastination?

Repetition and routine. I write pretty much every day, and it’s something I’ve just got used to through forcing myself until it feels normal. Facebook, Youtube and Twitter always poke their head around the door on occasion, and rather than lambasting yourself for engaging with it, it’s important to cut yourself some slack on occasion. Balance is really important, so doing an hour of editing should definitely be seen as worthy of fifteen minutes of idle surfing afterwards, and maybe that reward structure that works well for me, might work well for others too.

5) What does your writing space look like?

Until now, it’s always been a laptop slung on the corner of a sofa, or a dinner tray. Now I have an actual desk space for the first time, which I’ll be using soon. It will have sheets of notes and my manifesto on the in front of it, and the whole living room will have poems stuck to the wall. I like to think that this helps me see the collection as a whole; I can walk around the house, noting how the poems look against each other, and I can make notes directly to them with a pen, to be taken down, updated on my computer, and re-printed for the wall again. Other than that, just a laptop, my fingers, and a cup of tea, which is obviously crucial in lubricating the creative process.

6) Could you tell us a bit about your poetry life before your first collection was published?

Striving is probably the best word to describe it. I wrote, edited, read, and listened as much as I could. I would draft at 3 am outside my halls of residence, with a cup of tea and a stack of drafts, I tried to make every reading I could, and I volunteered for helping with workshops. I started getting a few poems in journals, expanded my network of poetry friends on Facebook and locally, and I just tried to remain focused on getting a book deal. I achieved that in the last year of my BA and I was over the moon (still am!).

© 2014 Nine Arches

© 2014 Nine Arches

 

7) How does the process of writing a second collection differ from writing your first?

It doesn’t much really. I work on developed ideas on my computer, print them off, scribble obscenities on them, and try again. An awful lot of poems get discarded, or bits recycled from them, and it can take dozens of drafts to write what still amounts to an unusable poem, and years to get something right. That’s always been my process. It’s messy, it’s time-intensive, it’s emotionally exhausting, but it’s the only way I know to write poetry.

8) Where do you get ideas from?

The places in my head I don’t want to enter. Misheard lines from TV. Programmes on Radio 4. The internet and weird forums I find myself in at 3am in the morning. My childhood, and specifically for this collection – my anxieties, nightmares, guilt and shame complexes, and every behaviour these have manifested themselves in

9) How do you write?

First ideas go into my phone, then they get moved to my laptop as a document, then they get their own folder with various drafts of the poem included. I used to write in a notebook but my bad handwriting and shaky hands mean that it’s a lot harder to do nowadays.

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10) Who do you like to read?

Melissa Lee-Houghton and Bobby Parker are the two British poets who I come back to again and again. Other than that, lots of poets from across the Atlantic, like C.D. Wright, Brenda Shaughnessy, Rosmarie Waldrop, Dorianne Laux, Robert Lowell, and Adrienne Rich.

11) Was there a specific person who spurred your interest in poetry or encouraged you with the form?

I had an English teacher at Secondary School called Mr Adams, who was probably the best teacher I’ve ever been taught by. I remember one lesson where he read ‘Eve of St. Agnes’ by Keats, and I was transfixed. It was the first time I was aware that poetry could have a physical effect on me. That felt like a revelation.

My lecturers at University of Gloucestershire, Angela France and Nigel McLoughlin were incredibly nurturing in the period where I started to take writing very seriously. The advice and critique they both gave was invaluable to me, and I owe them a great deal.

12) Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you started writing poems?

I think it continually does for all of us. We change as people and that means we change as poets and our notion of what we do is always in flux. Personally, when I HAVE to write something down, that’s poetry, it’s an unrelenting feeling that I need to communicate something that I don’t think I’ve seen communicated in a certain way before. So poetry for me is vital, it’s incredibly personal but at the same time it’s universal and porous (as language is itself).

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13) What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

It’s a reason for living and a part of everyone. It’s play, it’s the opposite of destruction, and it’s making something for its own sake, which is all the more vital in our current capitalist, mass-manufactured, superficial society.

14) Do you have any creative patterns/ rituals?

I edit for most of the day, and when an idea seems ripe enough in the notes app on my phone, I tentatively put it on a Word doc and hope something sticks. I try to read as much as I can at some point during the day, but my concentration levels are severely restricted by my medication.

15) What advice would you give to aspiring writers? (You knew that one was coming) 

Don’t compromise. We compromise with our feelings, our dreams, and what we really want to say to people every day, but the page asks nothing of you, it doesn’t judge, so don’t be afraid to put anything in it.

16) Do you still owe Carol Ann Duffy a drink?

Hahahaha. I’m sure she won’t remember buying me one, it was five or six years ago. I was attending a festival where she was reading and I briefly stood beside her in the queue when she bought me a glass of red wine. I’d love to buy her one back though, yes.

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Daniel’s debut full-length collection, Absence has a weight of its own, was published to critical acclaim in 2012. His second collection the terrible will be published Autumn/Winter 2015, also with Nine Arches Press. He tweets @danielsluman2012 brighton 382

Look out for more posts about Daniel Sluman and his new collection ‘the terrible’ – COMING SOON!

Reading, Writing, Submitting, Organising, Celebrating

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A week of reading articles, catching up with writing and ordering poetry books (well I was online buying Mr G’s Birthday presents). I missed a submission which fell on Valentine’s Day. Mr G celebrated his birthday on Friday and then Saturday was busy celebrating Valentine’s, so any writing that wasn’t finished by the weekend didn’t get written at all.WP_000735

Writing diaryI spent yesterday writing – for about 5 hours, I am working on some performance poetry about Ghosts – which is hard for me as I tend to avoid this subject, in fact whilst I was immersed in YouTube research I started getting chest pains, that was a tad scary. I have yet to finish my poetry for this set at the end of February, but I am glad I attempted the challenge and have written some poems which wouldn’t have existed otherwise. I was also working to a submission deadline. I like to find opportunities to support and promote Mental Health, after what I have been through, part of my goals is to use writing as healing with others at some point eventually. I wrote a couple of poems for the rethinkyourmind, they should be live on the website in a couple of days, I will let you know.

Rather excitingly I ordered 2 new poetry collections, I bought Maps & Legends in Nine Arches Press sale at the end of January, my Forward Poetry Collection arrived on Saturday, just 2 days after I ordered it – along with Mr G’s presents. I have treated myself to a short bed-read on my first day off and am now online preparing for some writing time before I go out.

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© 2015 Forward Arts Foundation

It is important for writers to read and keep up to date with current trends. Treat yourself, if you can’t see it as research.

I also completed some research on events and venues. Jill Peers asked me to be part of Malvern’s Mad March Book Promotion Event- 11 days of events happening around Malvern EVENTS I have finally decided however tempting other venues and days were that I am taking part in a weekend event so I am still free to earn money in the week.

It will be the same day that I am working for Writing West Midlands, but Malvern is no further to Worcester than my hometown, so I should be able to do both. More about this closer to the event (14th March) and after. Come along if you can, enjoy yourselves, most events are FREE. WWM

Daniel Sluman has been interviewed exclusively for AWF and I am delighted that the interview will go LIVE later today.

Sonia Hendy-Isaac © 2014

Sonia Hendy-Isaac
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EXCLUSIVE DANIEL SLUMAN Interview COMING SOON!

 

Introducing Daniel Sluman

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Daniel Sluman

Daniel Sluman is a UK Poet, his second collection comes out later this year – I am proud to announce that we will be blogging and promoting Daniel’s forthcoming collection, here at A Writers Fountain.

Sonia Hendy-Isaac © 2014

Sonia Hendy-Isaac
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Throughout the coming months I will be hosting all things Daniel Sluman. We appreciate re-blogs and shares on your social media.

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Daniel is published by Nine arches Press, a highly sought publisher, they are actually the first Publisher in Residence this year at the Wenlock Poetry Festival (April), and are also publishing Jo Bell (Kith) and Sarah Leavesley later this year too.

Introducing Daniel

Daniel Sluman’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Cadaverine, Popshot, Shit Creek Review, and Under the Radar. He received an MA in Creative & Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012 and his debut full-length collection, Absence has a weight of its own, was published in 2012. His second collection, ‘the terrible’, will be published Autumn/Winter 2015, also with Nine Arches Press. He tweets here.

LINKS

Follow this link to buy/ find out more about Daniel’s first collection ‘Absense has a weight of its own’.

http://www.ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/absence-has-a-weight-of-its-own.html

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© 2014 Nine Arches

Daniel’s first collection reviewed by Amy McCauley

‘Dealing with a poet of extreme integrity.’

http://www.drfulminare.com/slumanreview.php

LOOK OUT FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL SLUMAN COMING SOON!

Pinch, Punch First of the Month – EXCITING NEWS, Motivation & Submissions

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Having updated my Writing Life Pages* this morning, I realised not everyone checks there monthly and usually that’s not an issue, as they are retrospective pieces about the month that has just disappeared, however (maybe it is because the New Year is close) I have written about things to come in the future. I wouldn’t want any of the 783 followers to miss out on these new ventures so I decided to post more details.

*Actually it’s called The Write Year – maybe if I changed it to ‘My Writing Life’ it would peak your interest. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I am very proud to announce that throughout 2015 I will be promoting the work of Daniel Sluman leading up to the publication date of his new collection. I am very excited about this opportunity and hope you’re interested in finding out more about this young talented, ‘Nine Arches Press’ Poet.

Daniel and I are already collaborating on posts which will hit the blog after Christmas and before the New Year. So WATCH OUT for any post with DANIEL SLUMAN in the title and be very excited too!

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Daniel Sluman’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Cadaverine, Popshot, Shit Creek Review, and Under the Radar. He received an MA in Creative & Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012 and his debut full-length collection, Absence has a weight of its own, was published in 2012. His second collection, ‘the terrible’, will be published Autumn/Winter 2015, also with Nine Arches Press.

Sonia Hendy-Isaac © 2014

Sonia Hendy-Isaac
© 2014

 

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I am always motivated on the first day of a new month and today is no exception! It also helps that the rest of the week I am committed to my day job and will only have a few spare hours and evenings in my writing skin, so I have a whole list of TO DOs to get done today.

I started well, up early (too early) I managed to submit 3 poems before breakfast, I have often written about how long submissions take even when you already have the writing ready. This was no exception. One cup of coffee and several reads of the guidelines before starting the online form. They join another 6 poems already flying around begging to be accepted!

After breakfast I updated the blog, checked emails and did some background research for current writing ventures. Which is why it is now suddenly nearly 11a.m and I am only 3 items down my TO DO list. I have learned not to PANIC as this only leads to getting less done.

Taking a break to go and visit my Grandma, it is her birthday tomorrow (I’m working) and then I will be back to tick more things off my manic, Monday list!

HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYONE!

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