Why I Write (Six)

Number six in the ‘Why I Write’ series and I’m delighted to welcome Polly Robinson to my blog. I met Polly just over two years ago and we got to know each other better when we worked together on the Worcestershire Literary Festival Flash Fiction competition. As well as being a wonderful administrator and organiser, Polly is a talented poet. She has an excellent ear for language and her poetry captures and plays beautifully with the musicality of words. When she performs her work, she has the ability to captivate her audience.

Over to you, Polly:

Why do I write?

No problem answering this question… I write because I like it!

I love reading and writing different forms of poetry. My favourite poets include John Donne, Sir John Betjeman and Carol Ann Duffy for their rhythm, tone, control and freedom – this to some might look contradictory, but I don’t consider it so, as if you know where the boundaries are, it frees you up to focus on other aspects of the work. Poetry, at its best, connects people. When I write a poem that people identify with, it makes a difference all around. If one of my poems make people realise they’re not alone, that’s cool – that ‘does it’ for me. Also, I adore researching topics that have sparked an interest in me, it appeals to my eternal curiosity.

I enjoy being part of the thriving writing community in Worcester, which is full of riches. As well as a major festival in June, the Worcestershire Lit Fest &Fringe holds a spoken word event ‘SpeakEasy’ once a month, and ’42 Worcester’ is another memorable monthly event. I enjoy listening to poetry and prose – sometimes there’s music – and sharing my poetry on occasion.

I am heavily involved with Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe, and it’s great to be part of the competitions: Young Writer, Flash Fiction, and Poet Laureate. The only trouble is that as part of the committee, I can’t enter any of them! The festival takes place 20-29 June this year and we’re busy working on the programme.

I also like writing short stories – even more so after attending Lindsay’s short story writing course in Malvern – and I’m part way through a novel. I’m happy to have been published in many successful anthologies and I self-published my first collection of poetry ‘Girl’s Got Rhythm’ in 2012.

I can’t imagine not writing any more than I could imagine not reading or breathing. That’s it!




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  1. How wonderful that Worcester lit Fest is run by a writer ..and a poet! Great to hear from Polly. thank you, both.

  2. Polly says:

    heh-heh, you made me smile, Rebecca – I definitely don’t ‘run’ LitFest! I’m part of the team πŸ™‚ Do love to be involved, though. Thanks for your comments – Polly

  3. Lynne Nugent says:

    You do a brilliant job Polly of organising and writing (which I really enjoy) x And I have just edited that sentence about 4 times so it says exactly what I mean!!

  4. Polly says:

    Aw, thanks Lynne – what a good comment – if you want to see what I’ve been up to this weekend, go to: https://journalread.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/slants-of-light-readings-and-photos
    Great fun – Polly x πŸ™‚

  5. Andy Barton says:

    Nice one ladies! I always enjoy reading Polly’s blog posts.

  6. Thanks Andy – Polly πŸ™‚

  7. Claire says:

    That’s the best answer to ‘why I write’ I’ve heard! Good luck with the novel!

  8. Polly says:

    heh-heh… thank you, Claire – a tricky question ‘eh? πŸ™‚

  9. wonderful. As a member of the Worcester Writers’ Circle, I have the good fortune to know Polly and can tell you all, she is a delightful lady who is as lovely as she is talented. Best wishes to all from baldy

  10. Polly says:

    *blush* Oh Kieran, you’re such a charmer πŸ˜‰

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