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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...

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...

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 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.

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 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...

A personal appeal

Andrew Motion

Hello and welcome to the Poetry Archive. And, to our old friends, a very warm welcome back. What you’re looking at now is a revamped version of the site, and I want to introduce it to you by saying I...

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 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!