interview series

Interview Series – Scott Manley Hadley

I am scott manley hadley and I’m a very sad poet with a cute dog and no hair.
When / why did you start writing poetry? – answers in adjectives
Painful, difficult, need

How do you write a poem? – answer in five verbs.
feel, cry, Splurge, edit, publish

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is?
Poetry that is unlike poetry I have seen before. Experimental poetry that copies poetry that was experimental 100 years ago does not count.

Have you done many interviews before? Do you find them repetitive? Repetitive? Repetitive?
A few, but not for a while. I left the UK and haven’t really found a community elsewhere since. I probably should. I don’t find interviews repetitive, but I think that’s because I change my sense of self very regularly. I have been diagnosed with a personality disorder, so I’m medically inconsistent, it’s a fact!

What’s a favorite snack you like when poet-ing?
I don’t think snacks and poems should be mixed.

What are you kinda obsessed by?
Avoiding a sense of enjoyment in the present.

Do you tell your social circle about your poet-ing?
I don’t really have a social circle any more. Partially because my poems have irritated, scandalised, confused or otherwise put off people I used to know. I’m very honest. Well, very honest seeming, which is kinda the same thing.

How do you rebel?
I dissociate.

Tell me a literary / science fact or joke, please.
I can’t think of any. Most of my references are to myself and my own personal mythology.

What’s your fav colour, poet, snack. (this is your pen name!)
Golden Scott Manley Hadley Vegan CheeseCheese

Bio: scott manley hadley blogs at and their writing has been widely published online and in print. Scott’s next book is titled hip-hop-o-crit and will be published by Broken Sleep Books in October 2021.

Links:Scott Manley

scott manley hadley. (they/them) ‘Highly Commended’ in the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2019. @Scott_Hadley

By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.