On Wednesday 10th February, UCLan academic Dr Yvonne Reddick held a launch event for Deerhart, her second poetry pamphlet. Staff and students socialised in an informal setting before a welcome by Professor Alan Rice, who read a poem by the late Elizabeth Burns, as well as readings from other faculty members.
Yvonne later read a selection of poems from Deerhart, including ‘Totem’ – a tribute to ‘The Thought Fox’ by Ted Hughes – and ‘My Grandmother is a Pink Footed Goose’.
Pluto contributors present remarked on the passion put into the poetry, and the animated, engaging style in which Yvonne delivered her readings. We then asked Yvonne three questions to help aspiring writers follow their passion.
What’s the inspiration behind your writing?
I started writing when I was quite young, and got into poetry because of people like Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath – the ‘New Poetry’. I remember my father had a book of poetry on the shelf and every time I would read it I would be completely mesmerised by it.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve written?
I’m currently writing a piece about mountaineering. My father died quite suddenly whilst coming down from a mountain, and I think that that’s helped me mature as a writer. It’s a very personal thing. The piece explores the ideas of freedom, and why we like being up high, which give it a universal quality.
If you had one piece of advice to give to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write. Keep writing, and keep submitting your writing. Don’t ever, ever, ever stop. The more you do it, the better you’ll become.