Today we have an interview with Scottish poet, Kenneth Steven, author of the new collection, Coracle. He’s answering the same set of questions as our last poet and gives a fresh view on the matter.
BI: Could you tell us about yourself and how you got into poetry?
KS: I began to write when I was in the last years of school; I was very
much encouraged by good English teachers. By the time I was at
University in Glasgow I was writing a great deal. Poetry was always my
first love, though I’m very much a novelist and a children’s author
BI: Would you agree that interest in poetry outside the classroom is dying?
KS: I’m not sure that I would agree that poetry outside the classroom is
dying! I see a lot of exciting developments here in Scotland and in
the UK generally. The poetry market is certainly small and a struggle
for publishers, and too many of those who attend readings are writers
themselves. But I don’t have any fears that poetry is on its last
BI: How do you feel that poetry could be promoted to a newer, younger
KS: Many of the events I run are with musicians: guitarists, flautists,
pianists and others. I think this is one way of making poetry more
attractive to a younger audience (to any audience). I think that
having poetry readings in more unusual locations is one way forwards,
and I think that dynamic music and poetry sessions is another.
BI: Who are your literary influences?
KS: Too many to mention! Great lyric poets in particular: Wallace Stevens,
Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Edwin Muir. These are just a few of the
Also everyone, a volume of Kenneth’s selected poems, Second Nature, can be found on Kindle (be sure to check it out).
You can find out more on his site, www.kennethsteven.co.uk