Today I welcome on to my blog Lancashire Authors' Association member Peter Foster:
What do you write?
I write mainly poetry, although I have written a few short stories, none of which have been submitted for publication. I’m not entirely sure as to why I prefer to write poetry. I suppose it stems from a love of folk music and story songs in general and the way that a song or a poem can put across a message in a concise and often memorable manner.
What got you writing in the first place?
I’ve always enjoyed poetry and verse and wrote a little but didn’t consider writing seriously until the early nineties when I enrolled on a creative writing course at Runshaw College. I then dabbled a little for my own interest but nothing serious, then shortly after retirement, I joined Sid Calderbank’s Monday dialect group which reignited my interest in writing.
Do you have a particular routine?
I don’t have a routine. Initially it was just ideas that came to me through daily life. Then as I progressed if I saw a suggested topic that appealed I would have a try at it. Now it’s a mixture of both.
Do you have a dedicated working space?
I don’t have a particular work space.
When did you decide you could call yourself a writer? Do you do that in fact?
I had never considered calling myself a ‘writer’ until I began reciting some of my work at ‘Acoustic Cabaret’ events hosted by Phil and Sorrel Harty of Music for All, where I began to be asked if my poems were published. Encouraged by the response from my recitals I began try to find a publisher and discovered Leslie Atherton who was then presenting an internet radio show featuring poetry and verse and it was Leslie who persuaded me to compile a collection for publication. The result was The Dream and the Flowers, which became available on Amazon in March 2021. Now I compare my writing to gardening, which I enjoy although I don’t derive any income from it but I consider myself a gardener. The same applies to my writings: despite earning little or no income from it; I write, therefore I think I can call myself a writer.
How supportive are your friends and family? Do they understand what you're doing?