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The Friday Poem
A poem every Friday
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What does Emma Simon say?
I got into poetry at school. I remember one hot sweaty day my English teacher saying that kind of weather always made her think of murder ...
What does Richie McCaffery say?
I took a fairly predictable teenage route into poetry, discovering Dylan Thomas and falling under his spell ...
What does Matthew Paul say?
I had a succession of very engaging English teachers. For 'A' level, our texts included Robert Lowell and Donne, both of whom I really enjoyed ...
What does Mat Riches say?
I got into poetry by accident. I remember writing some sort of rhyming thing around the age of five ...
What does Carl Tomlinson say?
It's hard to remember a time when poetry didn't delight me. I'm enchanted by the possibilities of language ...
What does Bruno Cooke say?
While studying Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London I regularly performed on the spoken word circuit in London, competed in poetry slams ...
What does Hilary Menos say?
I like poetry that keeps the lid on AND lets the pig out ...
What does Chris Edgoose say?
I've enjoyed poetry since studying it at school — the War Poets and Elizabeth Jennings left a particular impression ...
What does Maggie Mackay say?
I found poetry through the Open University creative writing courses which I studied after retirement from teaching ...
What does Charlotte Gann say?
I loved it studying English at school. I remember being cast as First Voice in Under Milk Wood in the school play ...
What does Steven Lovatt say?
How did I get into poetry? Externally, having librarians for parents helped. Temperamentally it’s more complicated ...
What does Rory Waterman say?
At primary school, we had a teacher who encouraged us to write poems, and I realised I was relatively good at putting words into action ...