Interview With Evie Groch

Below is an interview with the incredibly talented winner of our National Poetry Day Competition:

The Random Section

1.What’s your name?                   

Evie Groch

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2.What’s your favourite colour?                

Green

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3.What’s your favourite animal?               

Elephant

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4.What’s your favourite food?                   

Dark chocolate and figs

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5.What kind of hobbies do you like?         

Writing, painting, cooking, traveling

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6.What’s your favourite time of year?     

Spring

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7.Do you prefer tea, coffee or none?       

Café mocha

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8.What’s your lucky number?                     

6

The Writing Section

9.What would you say poetry is?

Poetry is the capturing of a feeling and dressing it in revealing words.

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10.How long have you been writing poetry?

Since I retired, about 13 years ago.

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11.What inspired your winning poem?

Observations of the world both globally and locally.

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12.How do you normally find inspiration?

Everywhere around me, from a sentence overheard in line at the market to a new word I learned, to reading the paper.

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13.Do you know the title of your poem before you write it, or do you write it and then create your title?

No, but I always have a working title to keep me focused.

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14.Do you write your poems with pen and paper or on a device?

I first write with pen and paper before I word process. It stimulates my creativity.

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15.Who’s your favourite author?

Ursula K. LeGuin

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16.Who’s your favourite poet?

Antonio Machado

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17.What’s your favourite book?

The Left Hand of Darkness

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18.What’s your favourite poem?

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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19.How do you go about writing a poem?

From the ending on up and then down again. When I’m done, I add polish and garnish.

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20.Why do you like poetry?

It’s a no-holes-barred invitation to tell your truth.

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21.Do you have any advice for aspiring poets?

Read, write, repeat.

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