interview series

Interview Series – Simon Maddrell


Simon Maddrell, born in the Isle of Man in 1965, lives in Brighton & Hove and writes as a queer Manx man, thriving with HIV.  His two pamphlets are Throatbone (UnCollected Press, July 2020) and Queerfella (The Rialto, Dec. 2020).

When / why did you start writing poetry? – answers in adjectives

Grievous, mournful, sorrowful, shameful, senseless

How do you write a poem? – answer in five verbs.

Think, feel, dig, dig, dig

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is?

Poetry that the literati gatekeepers say you shouldn’t write about or is written in a way that the say isn’t poetry

Have you done many interviews before? Do you find them repetitive? Repetitive? Repetitive?

No, no, well yes.

What’s a favorite snack you like when poet-ing?

Ice cream

What are you kinda obsessed by?

Ice cream

Do you tell your social circle about your poet-ing?

I just tell them I eat too much ice cream

How do you rebel?

Eat ice cream in public

Tell me a literary / science fact or joke, please.

The Americans didn’t invent popcorn

What’s your fav colour, poet, snack. (this is your pen name!)

Blue James Ice

Simon MaddrellTwitter:  @QueerManxPoetFacebook:  @simonmaddrellpoetryInstagram:  @simonmaddrell SoundCloud:  @simonmaddrellPayPal: +44 7753 826804
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By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.