I live in a flat in London with some knitted plants write a lot, run a myspace page for myself and a musician friend, a website and sell on Amazon and eBay.
I've had about 50 poems published - some in anthologies (mostly in the UK, but 2 in the US) and some online. One came 4th in Forward Press's 'Top Poets of 2005' and earned me my first money from writing poetry. I self-published my first book of poems last year on lulu.com.
Over the last few months, I've been lucky enouigh to meet Bazza on myspace, a hugely prolific songwriter and singer. He's made 15 of my poems into songs and it's turned into a CD, 'The Morney Set, ' which is now on sale. More to come!
My favourite poets are Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, Anne Sexton, TS Eliot, Ted Hughes, Jeffrey McDaniel, Dorianne Laux, Benjamin Zephaniah, Roxy Gordon and my favourite poet/songwriter is Townes van Zandt.
I don't believe in there being any rigid 'rules' when writing poetry. I think part of the beauty of it is that it can be whatever you want it to be. I like to experiment with punctuation, line breaks, rhymes (mostly internal ones) and styles. I don't like it when people criticise what they see as 'unconventional' poetry and I don't like it when people think they know how a poem 'should' be written and insist on telling other people where they're going wrong.
I believe that a poem means whatever it means to the person reading it, whether it is what I meant by it or not.
I fully intend to be the first female Poet Laureate, a day which I'm sure isn't far off (and if you believe that, you'll believe anything!) .
Poetry is the biggest part of my life and has quite literally saved my life more than once.