This conversation is me chatting with the poet, historian and academic Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.
Jeffrey has just released two new volumes of poetry – a new and selected works, Blood Ties and a slim volume for the Hoopla series called Dylan Junkie. So we talked about Bob Dylan and the poems in Dylan Junkie for about half an hour and then we went back through Holman’s life, to discuss his various adventures and the way he found his voice in and through writing, and through that and the various other jobs he’s worked and locations he’s lived in, how he found himself. I loved this conversation – I knew some of Holman’s work already, I loved Dylan Junkie, and I re-read some of his other volumes ahead of chatting to him. But it was our first time meeting. He was in town for a book event and so we set up time for a chat. And it went deep. I hope you like it.
Strange quirk of timing too – to be serving this up in the same week that Dylan has just delivered his Nobel Prize lecture (which you really must listen to if you haven’t already). That wasn’t planned by me, but it’s good timing; there are elements of our conversation here that are part of the wider Bob Dylan dialogue…
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