M. How long have you been performing poetry?
S. About 15 years on and off.
M. What was your first break into performing poetry?
S. I first performed in a pub called THE DEAD POET at Holbrook in Derbyshire. I had been attending a poetry workshop and the facilitator talked me into doing it. I was instantly hooked and was soon into the open mic circuit across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
M. Tell me what inspires you to write.
S. I’m a bit of a magpie and pick up bits and pieces that I overhear or just come across. If I think, there’s something in that! Then I steal it, store it and use it at some point. I love music and will sometimes play with songs I like. I’m a people watcher and often take inspiration from what I see or overhear in cafés or in shops. I don’t take life too seriously, so I often try to put a comic twist on things. I read a lot so that can often spark an idea. I just love words really.
M. What do you think of the idea of poetry as therapy?
S. Yes there is something in that, but I would qualify it by saying it means different things to different people. Although I would say I have found writing poetry a therapeutic occupation, I don’t necessarily write for that reason. Writing and performing brings me joy and that’s therapy for me.
You can catch Sue in a featured set at The Maze, Mansfield Road, Nottingham on Thursday May 10th.