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The Ram Boutique: Author Interview – Nik Way

We have had so much pleasure in featuring Nik as our Highlighted Author this month for his creative poem, Songs in a Storm. We hope you enjoy the insight into Nik in the following interview, enjoy!


Nik WayWho are you as a person: where are you from, what do you do, what are you doing?

I’m a third year student at Kingston University, studying Creative Writing with Drama. I’m originally from a tiny farming village in the south west of England, I only moved to London with university but now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Apart from studying I’m getting into the poetry scene here. I’ve joined the Roundhouse Poetry Collective which is a great place to experiment and try out new things.

Your background as a writer?

I first started writing at around 14 or so. I finished two ghastly fantasy novels, sending them chapter by chapter to my grandparents for them to proof-read. How they got through it I have no idea. After coming to university, I’ve become more adventurous. I have written and directed two plays, started a magical realism novel and done a whole bunch of poetry. Most of it is dire of course but I’m learning and (hopefully) improving.

Where did the idea for this piece come from/how do you get inspired to write?

Deborah Stevenson introduced me to the ‘Golden Shovel’ poetry form at the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Basically you take a section from a poem you admire, cite it at the beginning, and make every word in the section an end-word for the lines of your poem. When you read the last word of every line, it makes up the section of the original poem. I adored the form and chose ‘The Rain’ by Robert Creeley because that poem has always had, for me, this mythic, emotional undertone to it which I wanted to explore. Generally I come up with more ideas for poems than poems themselves. Anything can be a poem. I tend to find it easier to put something I don’t understand or am curious about into a poem rather than having a strong feeling about something and condensing it into poetry. For me, a poem has to be playful, not didactic.

Your ideal time and place to write?

I used to write more on public transport. Now I need a holy place to write, which happens to be my room. There’s something important about making it a ritual, of being able to say to yourself, this is where I write, so I really ought to be writing now shouldn’t I? There’s never enough time to write, which is why you must write all the time.

Why do you write? It’s probably better to ask a psychiatrist about that.


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