Interview….!

Starring Sharron Green……

Hello Poetry Lovers! And welcome back to the Talk Show.

(rapturous applause)

Yes, it’s been a while I know, but absolutely worth waiting for! I am so proud to introduce our lovely and esteemed guest for today – Sharron Green

(standing ovation – security on standby)

(the lovely Sharron Green wafts gracefully down the stairs)…

Sharron, thank you so much for coming on the show. I’ve been so looking forward to this.

I do love that tank-top, I must say. Goes fabulously with the two-tone skirt.

First of all, thank you, Heather for inviting me along. It’s an honour to be interviewed by you.

Also thank you again. I’ve been desperate for one of these, and I sat up all night knitting it. Got a bit stuck on the orange stripes though!

Looks like you’ve pulled it off, Sharron! Isn’t that right, Poetry Lovers?

(smattering of agreement and wolf whistles)

I assume you’re up the discotheque later?

Oh yes, they won’t let you in without a tank top! And Norman Greenbaum’s appearing tonight……

What???! I’ll get knitting! Dobby, run up the wool shop! Pronto!!!

So, Sharron, tell us about yourself and how poetry came into your life….

I live in Guildford with my husband, Kevin (yes, Sharron and Kevin – don’t laugh!) and our lockdown puppy Dougie.

I used to work as a market researcher but now I’m studying for a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.

I’ve enjoyed writing poetry since I was little when my Granny used to encourage me to write poems to keep me busy when I was on holiday with her.

Gran’s eh? They shape who we are today, and are never forgotten. Also, that MA sounds a great move.

Who were your greatest influences?

Pam Ayres has been an inspiration to me since I watched her on Opportunity Knocks.

I have seen her perform live a couple of times and admire her ability to entertain an audience with poems that everyone can relate to.

Opportunity Knocks?! Suddenly all these memories of Monday nights in the seventies are flooding back! Hughie Green, eh?

They really produced good and solid talent, didn’t they..

.(spontaneous round of applause).

Yes, Pam Ayres is wonderful, isn’t she?! She has a new collection out, I believe. Fantastic influence, Sharron. What an iconic poet!

Now, how did it feel reading your work out for the first time?

After many years of not writing, I signed up for creative writing classes.

I felt nervous about reading my poems out to the class but I was thrilled with all the encouragement I received. That gave me the confidence to go to Janice and Donall’s The 1000 Monkeys monthly open mic meetings in Guildford. Which is where I met you, Heather and heard you read some of your fabulous ‘Bunty, I miss you!’ poems

Lumme! You’re making me blush! Bless you for those words. They were good nights there, weren’t they. I hope we can meet again there soon.

(audience sigh wistfully)

Now, you’ve produced a lovely pamphlet ‘Introducing Rhymes_n_Roses’ which is a wonderful read.

I hear that another collection is on the horizon…?

Thank you, you’re too kind.

Yes, lockdown poetry has helped keep me occupied and sane during this very strange year. I have contributed to a number of anthologies, including a couple of fundraisers, and I’ve produced my own compilation that I’ve called ‘Viral Odes’ due to be published on 1st December by Ink Gladiators Press.

I can’t wait, Sharron. It looks wonderful. I’ve been enjoying your poetry so much. You are so prolific, you put us all to shame.

Would you like to share your other projects with us?

I’m on Instagram as @rhymes_n_Roses where the poetry community is very dynamic and stimulating – for example I’ve had the opportunity to run an online poetry course with Poetix University.

Otherwise my studies are going to keep me out of trouble for a year. I’m learning a lot already and looking forward to seeing how my writing develops as a result.

I’m so glad you brought Instagram up – I really swooned over your pieces on there. Not only the strong writing and message, but the stunning way they were presented. It really jumps out at the reader.

Also, bless you for introducing me to Poetry Olympics on there, what a learning curve and supportive group of poets! I actually tackled a madrigal form! PO made August come alive for me! So grateful to you for that one.

Here’s some examples, PL’s, of Sharron’s wonderful new poems from ‘Viral Odes’.

(rapturous round of applause and sighs of awe)

Aren’t they just beautiful ?!

Sharron, what can I say? Good luck with 1st December – I’ll be the first in that book queue, I tell you! And thank you so much for coming on the show

(standing ovation – security look nervous)

Thank you so much for having me on the show, Heather.

Now I’d better get on, I don’t want to miss ‘Spirit in the Sky’. Is Dobby back from the wool shop? I have a message from Dougie for her

Lordy! I think Dobby is sending one back! Stop it, Dobby – now!!

Bless you, Sharron and enjoy the disotheque. It’s feet up and Shaw Taylor on the telly for me!

Goodnight Poetry Lovers!

(rapturous applause and standing ovation.

Credits roll up).

Wasn’t that just wonderful, Poetry Lovers. So enjoyed talking to Sharron there.

As you heard, Sharron’s ‘Viral Odes’ is out on 1st December. So get ordering.

Sharron’s website is http://rhymesnroses.com and her instagram is @rhymes_n_roses I’d really recommend a look.

Tune in shortly for more poetry antics…….

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