Interview series – Nikki Dudley

Intro: Poet, novelist, mum, cinema lover, eater of cake. 

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

Excited Curious Emotional Creative Genre-bending Chaotic

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

Playing – Exploring – Dreaming – Imagining – Changing

What is your definition of what experimental poetry is?

Something that makes you see the world differently, surprises you, makes you think, hits you across the face, makes you laugh, and doesn’t sit comfortably on the page. 

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

I couldn’t stop talking if I tried.

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

Chocolate, cake, biscuits – all three!

What are you kinda obsessed by?

Memory, strange words and combinations, polos, buying books, fatal flaws, quizzes, good people. 

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

They probably don’t want to hear about it anymore but it took me a while to own the word ‘writer’. 

How do you rebel?

By being kind even if the world doesn’t want me to be.

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

Agatha Christie used to do her best writing in the bath. 

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

Red bpNichol cookie. 

Biog: Nikki is managing editor of streetcake magazine and also runs the streetcake writing prize and MumWrite. She has a chapbook and collection with KFS. Her pamphlet is due out with Beir Bua Press very soon. She is the winner of the Virginia Prize 2020 and her second novel, Volta was in May 2021. Her website is: or you can find her on twitter: @nikkidudley20 

Nikki Dudleypronouns: she/herAuthor, streetcake managing editor, workshop leader.

Winner of the Virginia Prize for fiction 2020

More about my novel, Volta:*Available at libraries and all good retailers. Thanks for your support!