A Ten Question Interview With The Artist…Paul Hawkins.

Why do you write?

I don’t altogether know, it’s way of trying to make sense of the world I guess; a bit like having a compulsion to playing one-armed bandits, fruit machines, but with words spinning on the reels.

What books do you read?

All sorts, but mostly creative non-fiction. Recently I’ve been dipping into Savage Messiah by Laura Oldfield-Ford, not suitable for domestic sublimation by Jennifer Cooke, Happiness by Sean Bonney, Luxury of the Dispossessed by Dan Duggan, Bad Vibes by Luke Haines, Chelsea Hotel Manhattan by Joe Ambrose, charlieunclenorfolktango by Tony White, Outside Looking On by Chimene Suleyman, Place by Allen Fisher, Forms of Protest by Hannah Silva, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabrielle Coleman, various texts by Iain Sinclair, Enthusiasm by SJ Fowler.

What inspires you?

Memory, place, my children, Sarer Scotthorne, Media Diversified, journeys, collaboration.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer and when?

Around the age of 10. I had huge, detailed map of London on my bedroom wall and I would make up stories about the places on the map.

How do you deal with rejection?

Shuffle the pack well.

Who are some writers you admire?

That’s an endlessly changing list, today it’s Miggy Angel, Salena Godden, Tom Raworth, Antony Owen, Neil Sparkes, Nell Leyshon, Bruno Neiva, Sarer Scotthorne, Charley Plymell, Linda Mannheim, Fred Voss, Stewart Home, JG Ballard, Lucy Furlong, Raymond Carver, Jacques Gaucheron, Sarah Crewe, and all those I mentioned in an earlier question above.

Is writing the only artistic medium you do?

No, I work collaboratively with collage, sounds, visual art and music

What would be some advice you would give to your younger self?

To remember that death is fast approaching.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t take any bullshit. Break rules and taboo’s. Steal well.

What is your writing process?

Research, free-writing, cut-up’s, experimentation, listening, re-reading, watching, smelling, tasting. Re-writing. Re-writing. Re-writing.

Paul is currently wrestling a book of avant-guard poetry/collage to the floor for Influx Press; Place Waste Dissent will be published late 2015. Paul studied the art of sleeping standing up & drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences, had two books published, Claremont Road & Contumacy and co-runs Hesterglock Press with poet Sarer Scotthorne. He collaborates with Portugese text artist/poet Bruno Neiva as Servant Drone. Their collection of exploratory text experimentation will be published by Knives Forks & Spoons Press in 2015.

Paul is currently wrestling a book of avant-guard poetry/collage to the floor for Influx Press; Place Waste Dissent will be published late 2015. Paul studied the art of sleeping standing up & drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences, had two books published, Claremont Road & Contumacy and co-runs Hesterglock Press with poet Sarer Scotthorne. He collaborates with Portugese text artist/poet Bruno Neiva as Servant Drone. Their collection of exploratory text experimentation will be published by Knives Forks & Spoons Press in 2015.

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