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.