From Foundations to Full Collections

From the excellent Poetry Shed by Abegail Morley.

The Poetry Shed

An interview with Graham Clifford


AM:  How did you reach the publication stage?

GC: I’d been sending out work to lots of good quality magazines and competitions and sometimes being lucky, often not! Michael Laskey invited me to attend a master class at Aldeburgh, where my poem was absolutely ripped apart by a visiting American professor! I attended the “Poetry Trust/Jerwood Towards a First Collection” seminar, reading again at Aldeburgh (with Philip Rush and Katrina Naomi). I kept writing and sending my work out. In 2010 I was published by Seren after winning the Poetry Wales pamphlet competition; Amy Wack, at Seren then invited me to send a full length manuscript.

AM:  What is the best way to get a book published?

GC: Develop an online a presence. Facebook is an excellent way of friending writers and organisations, which can lead to sharing work, online workshops and other opportunities.

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About grahamcliffordpoet

Graham is an award winning poet, based in London. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing, and has since published nationally and internationally, winning many awards and performing at some of the most prestigious and well known Literary Festivals. His debut collection, The Hitting Game, is published by Seren.
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