A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Marie Little

with Marie Little:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Marie: I started writing poetry when I was about 11 and realised that I was quite good at it when I was accused of plagiarism! The poem was called The Dancer in the Night. In high school I was influenced by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. My very first influences, though, were the poems Mum used to recite to me from memory at bedtime – Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt and Amy Elizabeth Ermyntrude Annie by Queenie Scott-Hopper, among others.

Q2: Who are some of your biggest influences today?

Marie: I keep going back to the poems of the late Andrew Waterhouse.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influenced work/describe?

Marie: I grew up in rural Northumberland and spent a lot of time outdoors in our garden, or in the fields. Lots of my current poetry is influenced in some way by those memories. In my twenties I moved to London while in the middle of a Creative Writing MA; my writing improved by way of added grit, colour and experience!

Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?

Marie: I feel it is too early to say. I am only just finding my feet creatively again after so long.

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Marie: I remember answering the What do you want to do when you grow up? question with I want to be a poet, when I was still at Primary School. I am only just beginning to think that this might be an option!

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Marie: I love to walk in the fields and lanes near to where I live – sometimes with my family, sometimes alone in the morning.

Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?

Marie: I have only started writing again in earnest and submitting work, since Spring this year. I am looking forward to a summer of work being published in: Ink Sweat and Tears, Sledgehammer, Five Minutes, Cool Rock Repository, Anti-Heroin Chic, Catatonic Daughters and The Birdseed Magazine. (All are on Twitter).

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?

Marie: At the moment I am enjoying a line from an old poem of mine He says I have a measure of red, a marble streak running to extreme parts. This came out of a writing workshop with Andrew Waterhouse during my MA.

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Marie: I owe a lot to my High School English teacher, Yvonne Rushmere, who helped my self confidence no end. My husband is my biggest Champion.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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