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Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg interview

Allan Ahlberg

School assemblies, football and folk songs are just some of the sources of inspiration for leading children's author, Allan Ahlberg. Find out how he puts his best-selling books together, and why a...
Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage interview

Simon Armitage

Did you know there is more than one Simon Armitage? In this interview the best-selling poet and novelist introduces you to them and talks about the importance of voice in his work.
James Berry - Children's Poems

James Berry interview

James Berry - Children's Poems

Distinguished poet, James Berry, often returns to his Jamaican childhood for the sound and subject matter of his poems. In this interview he describes these early influences and how he shapes them...
Sujata Bhatt

Sujata Bhatt interview

Sujata Bhatt

Sujata Bhatt is a poet of many different cultures: in this interview she talks about her travels and how they've influenced her writing, and lets us into the "private and inner world" of making poems.
Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom interview

Valerie Bloom

For Valerie Bloom her conservatory is her study where she likes to grow poems. Join her in her green-fingered hideaway as she explains the roots of her inspiration!
Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope interview

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope muses on the lines that keep coming back, the challenges of formal verse and how a poem can be seriously funny.
U. A. Fanthorpe

U A Fanthorpe interview

U. A. Fanthorpe

One of the UK's most popular poets, U A Fanthorpe talks about the history of English, "the experienced language", and gives her tips for overcoming writer's block. Find out why she would like to be...
Philip Gross

Philip Gross Interview

Philip Gross

Philip Gross answers questions about his inspiration and process for writing poetry.
Choman Hardi

Choman Hardi Interview

Choman Hardi

Choman Hardi answers questions on her Kurdish background and the influence this has on her poetry and painting.
Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay interview

Jackie Kay

Join Jackie Kay as she reveals the musical influences on her award-winning poetry, and passes on some of her tips for helping you put pen to paper.
Wes Magee

Wes Magee interview

Wes Magee

School is an important inspiration for popular children's poet Wes Magee. In this interview he talks about how the strange habits of teachers and children have found their way into his poems,...
Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell interview

Adrian Mitchell

In this interview Adrian Mitchell, the UK's alternative Poet Laureate, makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry. He also discusses how he gets ideas for his poems, where he writes them...
Brian Moses

Brian Moses Interview

Brian Moses

Brian Moses set out to be a rock star. . .and became a poet instead! In this interview he tells us about his journey as a writer, where he finds inspiration, as well as revealing The Secret Lives of...
Judith Nicholls

Judith Nicholls interview

Judith Nicholls

Acclaimed children's poet, Judith Nicholls shows us round what her family have described as "the most untidy study in the world". She also reads several of her poems including the first one she ever...
Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems

Andrew Fusek Peters interview

Andrew Fusek Peters - Children's Poems

Hi I'm Andrew Fusek Peters and I'm a poet. I live in Shropshire, England with my wife Polly, with whom I write many of my poems. These are some of the questions that children ask me when I visit...
Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott interview

Jo Shapcott

Join acclaimed poet Jo Shapcott in her Welsh retreat as she talks about the pleasures of science and music that inform her work - and the importance of getting up early to write!
Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers interview

Owen Sheers

In this revealing interview Owen Sheers, one of the UK's most successful younger writers, talks about the influence of his Welsh heritage on his writing, from the landscape to the lives of the small...
Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland Interview

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland talks about her inspiration and process for writing poetry.

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