Leanne Moden Quick Questions

John Baird
Tue 5 Sep, 2017

Leanne Moden is an accomplished poet, workshop leader, and poetry promoter. She's also our newest member of staff at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Time for a grilling...

Can you give us one ‘do’ and one ‘don’t’ for any aspiring writer?

Do: Read as widely as possible.

Don’t: Rule out any genre based on a bad experience or two.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

I can’t write in an untidy room.

Lawrence or Sillitoe?

D H Lawrence.

What’s your favourite underrated novel?

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. I think it’s better than The Talented Mr Ripley which came later and seems to get more credit.

How many unpublished or half-finished books do you have?

I have at least 100 unfinished or abandoned poems.

What does literary success look like to you?

Diversification. I like to have fingers in many pies so success is having my own poetry collection, performing at events and delivering workshops. 

What's next for you? What are you working on now?

A WEM project called Write Here: Sanctuary. It will involve teenage refugees and asylum seekers in a fortnightly writing group. It’s about self-expression. We’ve had taster sessions and the project will be launched in October. 

Have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage?

Yes, The Edinburgh Festival.

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?

A gatherer. I’m a passive listener. It feeds my poetry. The bus is a great place to listen.  

If you could wipe one book from history which would it be?

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. I just can’t get on with it. I must have tried six times to read it.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The poem Cannibal Kids by Kate Tempest. A masterpiece.

What is your favourite Nottingham word or phrase?

Ey up. The best of Nottingham’s idiosyncratic phrases.

 Do you have a favourite literary location?

How about a fictional one, The Shire (Tolkien’s Middle-Earth). For pure escapism you can’t get better. 

Do you have a favourite Notts writer?

Bridie Squires.

Leanne's blog:http://tenyearstime.blogspot.c...

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