I met Sarah through mutual friends, but before that I had written about how much I loved her first book. She’s since released a second book of poems which I like very much too – but it’s far too clever for me, I need some time out before I return to it unpack it. We had corresponded online and then met a couple of times but I was interested to talk to her for the podcast not just because of how much I loved that first volume, but for her work at the excellent Pantograph Punch website, and her commitment to writing fulltime – be it editing, reviewing, essay-writing, interviewing, and of course her own poems…
So we met up for a conversation all about writing; talked about form and process and her literary background; discussed favourite podcasts and the idea of podcasts as storytelling devices, talked music and other influences – just a big old conversation about writing, how we do what we do and why we do what we do; that is almost always the aim of this podcast of course, to find out about the people doing creative things, why they are doing it, how they go about it, what they bring to it and what they get from it. Sarah Jane Barnett’s poetry has been a big deal for me, so I was honoured to not only host her for a conversation but near the end of the podcast she reads a piece from each of her published books. I’m also a fan of her interviews and reviews so we talked a bit about that too. As I say just a big old conversation about writing. I hope you enjoy it.
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