Interview with Dynamic Poet Matt Abbott

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I am Riddhi Bhattacharya, a student, freelance blogger and writer and editor at The Teen Pop Magazine. My passion resides in etching down feelings of my heart and notions of my mind – conveying them to the world with my speeches, debates, articles and blog posts.

Today I am in conversation with award winning poet Matt Abbott.

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Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Interview with Matt Abbott

Talk to us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

Whenever I have a writing day, I make sure that I don’t check emails or go on social media before I start. It’s so easy to be sucked in and distracted nowadays that it’s important to have a clean head. I also have a substantial breakfast so that hunger doesn’t become a distraction!

I always listen to specific writing playlists. Obviously, they need to be instrumental – I’m really into Bonobo lately. It either helps you to focus or it helps to enhance your mood. I try to ensure that I have two-hour blocks, entirely interrupted, with 15-minute breaks in between. That’s an ideal writing day! Black coffee to begin with but then water, otherwise your mind goes haywire. 

How do you balance between writing and your personal life?

I build my writing time into my work routine, otherwise I can’t trust myself to get it done. Nowadays, I’m so busy that unless I specifically carve out writing sessions, it’ll be bottom of the pile. This enables me to relax fully in the evening and enjoy my personal life without that nagging feeling that I should be writing.

What inspires you to write?

I write very much about social and political issues. Almost everything that I’ve written is based on personal experience, in some capacity. I also like to use my writing to highlight social and political issues. They don’t always directly impact me, but through circumstance and experience, they’re issues that I’m passionate about.

Who has been your favourite writer and what’s your favourite book?

It’s impossible to narrow it down to one specific writer. Right now, I’d say that my favourite writers are Zadie Smith and Irvine Welsh. And in terms of my favourite books, I’d say ‘Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Fallada, ‘Sons & Lovers’ by DH Lawrence, and ‘Mrs Death Misses Death’ by Salena Godden.

Where do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas are in response to something. So, in terms of ‘ideas’, it’s how I choose to frame my response to an event or a story. I also tend to take inspiration from art that I read, watch, or listen to as well. The more that you consume, the more ideas you’ll have. I try to stimulate myself as much as possible with TV, film, visual art, and music, as well as novels and poetry. It all links in somehow.

How do you deal with Writer’s Block?

Editing existing work is just as important as writing new work. If it’s a larger project, mapping out your content and planning the structure of the overall project is also extremely useful. And if all else fails, just read. Reading will almost always bring you out of writer’s block, if you manage to find a book that ignites your imagination.

For you, what makes a great poem?

A great poem simultaneously makes you feel right at home in the poem whilst also introducing you to an entirely new world.

What’s your unique style when writing poems?

I’m not entirely sure to be honest! I like to think that it’s a form of well-crafted vernacular, which illuminates a story of an issue by drawing on human experience. And that the rhymes are effective as opposed to laboured. But it’s hard for me to say!

What has been your best piece of writing advice?

Poetry is about finding the universal in the particular. The more specific or particular you are, the more universal the poetry tends to become.

How do you manage/ take criticism?

I very much welcome solicited constructive criticism. But any unsolicited, unconstructive, abusive criticism online, I just brush off. I don’t care!

If you weren’t a poet what do you think you’d be?

I like to think that I’d still be a writer in some capacity. It was always my dream to be a football journalist, so ideally a journalist or commentator. If not, probably broadcasting…it’s another dream to have a radio show on BBC 6Music!

Rapid Fire:

  • Favourite poem
    ‘Harbor Freeway South’ by Charles Bukowksi
  • The most unique thing about your writing style?
    That’s a tough one. Probably the way in which I frame social and political events and issues through storytelling and experience. And the fact that I present a distinctly working-class narrative.

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Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.Matt Abbott is a Wakefield born poet, educator and activist. His adult themes mainly centre around socio-political commentary, human struggle and kitchen sink realism. His poetry for children centres around playful rebellion, challenging societal stereotypes and the struggles of modern life.

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