Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Steve Nash. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“Fate’s book, but my italics.” – Don Paterson
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I’ve been asked why I write so many times, and every time I’ve come up with some new half-truth to try to explain why, in a world that ticks and shivers with interesting things to do, I spend so many hours scribbling in a notebook. There’s the—I write to make sense of the world—response, or perhaps the—I write to externalise and sort the washing machine of jumbling nonsense in my noggin—idea, and even the—I try to find new ways to express old things—answer. It’s not that any of these things aren’t necessarily honest, but the truth is it has never been a conscious choice (not so far as I can recall anyway). So, you ask me I write? I guess I write because I have to. If there is a reason then it hasn’t yet revealed itself to me, and if it does I promise I’ll let you know—probably in a poem, and it may well be the final one I write.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Silver Birch Press recently published an old poem of mine called “My First Car” as part of their Learning to Drive series. It’s a true story about an accident I had when I fell off a push along car as a child and did some real damage to my young face. The reason I choose this (despite it being one of my first pieces of work) is that this month also marks the anniversary of car accident I had which nearly ended myself and three of my friends. We were hit by a speeding driver who’d flown into the wrong lane on (I kid you not) Skull and Crossbones Bridge in Chesterfield. Luckily we all survived—broken and still very creaky—unlike the cars which were completely written off.
I guess cars and I have never mixed.
Dr. Steve Nash is a writer, lecturer, dreadful musician, and Saboteur Award winner for Best Spoken Word Performer. His first collection, Taking the Long Way Home (Stairwell Books) has been described as “The work of a rare artist with a fire in his head,” and he owns evil guinea pigs.
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See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.