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And now, please let me introduce you all to Lucy Newlyn, as she talks to us candidly about her latest literary endeavour that has been years in the making and how she came to use her life experiences to write it.
Thanks for reading, I’m sure you will find the interview enlightening and have a great weekend.
Hi there Lucy, thank you for joining us today to talk about your books, along with sharing your writing journeys and literary experiences.
Firstly, let’s start with your latest book “Diary of a Bipolar Explorer”, a fifteen year memoir that looks to de-stigmatise the condition of bipolar disorder. Can you please tell us more about your memoir, especially what drove you to write it and the confessional nature behind it, particularly when it comes to how you have found catharsis in your writing, as a means to engaging with the condition.
Since diagnosis in 2003, I have lived with bipolarity for fifteen years while holding down a full-time job and bringing up a daughter. On retirement in 2016, I went first into depression and then into a hypomanic episode: both of these were triggered by withdrawal from the work-rhythms I had become used to, and especially my regular contact with students in the Oxford tutorial system which I love. I needed to look back on the last fifteen years of my life, and put them into some kind of order. Writing my memoir was first and foremost a creative act, giving shape to a period which had been very chaotic because of illness. I also needed to de-stigmatise bipolarity because I had experienced stigma both in the workplace and in the family: writing the book was a kind of ‘outing’ of my condition. Aware that other people have more extreme experiences of bipolar disorder than I do, I wanted to explore bipolarity in a way that would make it accessible to others, and less frightening. Writing the book enabled me to describe the many moods which lie between the extremes of mania and depression. By giving a shape to these moods, through diary entries and through poems, I found that I was able to stand back from my illness and see the creative benefits that it brings me. Yes, I am bipolar: this gives me access to some very unusual dimensions of human experience, and these can feed into my writing in creative ways.
You also have also published books on English Romanticism and poetry collections too. Please tell us more about the English Romanticism titles and also the specific themes that unify the material in your poetry collections.
I have spent the last thirty-five years writing about poetry, and specifically about the relationships between poets which emerge in their dialogues with each other. My first published book, Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion was about the close relationship of Wordsworth and Coleridge that can be mapped in their allusions to each other’s writings. The second book, Paradise Lost and the Romantic Reader, was about the Romantics’ engagements with their great precursor, Milton; the third book, Reading, Writing and Romanticism was about English Romantic poets responding to readers, critics, and the reading public. The fourth, William and Dorothy Wordsworth: All in Each Other, was a literary biography of William Wordsworth’s collaborative relationship with his beloved sister. In all my scholarly work, I have explored the idea of ‘inter-subjectivity’ – that is, the possibility that two minds might meet in the process of interpreting each other. To cut a long story short, I have been interested in communication: how it works and how it shapes relationships and communities!
My two poetry collections have been linked to my research in the sense that they have developed the theme of interconnection. But they are also very personal, autobiographical books. In Ginnel I worked through grieving over my father’s death by connecting with the places of my childhood that were associated with him. In Earth’s Almanac, I wrote a series of pastoral elegies for my sister, whose death I have been mourning since 1999. These books are deeply Wordsworthian, calling on the themes and tropes of the Romantic poet I love most.
How does a poem begin for you? Does it start with an image, a form or a particular theme?
It starts with a mood, and takes shape through images appropriate to that mood – I find the form that most suits the mood by trial and error. I like working with fixed forms, which discipline my feelings and enable communicative structures to emerge. I find fixed forms both more powerful tools for communication and more therapeutic tools for my own states of mind, than free verse. I particularly love working with end-rhyme.
Are there any poetic forms you haven’t tried yet but would like to?
I have tried terza rima, but only very briefly. I would love to write a long poem in terza rima, on a challenging subject that is less autobiographical than my previous work.
How important is accessibility of the meaning of your poems? Should we have to work hard to “solve” the poems and discover their deeper meanings?
I want my poems to be both accessible and mysterious. The reader should not be able to work out instantly all the levels of meaning in a given poem – it should be rich and complex and many-layered. But it should not baffle comprehension. Communication is the poet’s first and most important task. One of my favourite forms is the riddle; I use this a lot, and enjoy teasing the reader into solving the puzzle; but I want the mysteriousness of metaphorical language to remain intact, even after the puzzle has been solved. A good verse-riddle should go on and on puzzling.
Has your own opinion or idea of what poetry is changed since you first started writing poetry?
I was a late developer, and this has affected my writing a great deal. I did not become a poet until my sister’s death in 1999, by which point I had been teaching and writing about poetry for two decades – so my ideas about what poetry is (and should be) were already well-formed. I have become much more aware of form over the last five years, and I now play around with form more deliberately than I did when I started writing all those years ago. I have also become interested in the ideas explored by Lewis Hyde in his great book The Gift. I now think of poetry much more in relation to communities than to individuals.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
My ‘spirit animal’ is a specific bird – the rare and endangered Cornish chough, which has a red beak and feet, and inhabits the rocky outcrops of shorelines, especially in Cornwall and Wales. I feel in touch with this Celtic bird and its long historic connection with Cornwall, where I spend half my time.
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
My poems always take the form of short lyrics. I am persistently preoccupied with death and mourning. Elegy is my favourite genre; I find it quite difficult to write about anything without a tone of melancholy or wistfulness creeping in. I’d like to work on making my poetry open to a greater range of emotions and situations.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult thing is staying within the discipline of a particular form without losing touch with the feelings and moods which prompt the act of creation. It is easy enough to let my moods and feelings ‘splurge’ onto paper; shaping them into something that will communicate effectively and pleasurably is another matter.
Who are some of your favourite authors, historical figures, poets and poems?
My favourite poets are Wordsworth, Coleridge, Dickinson, Yeats, Hardy, Edward Thomas, Frost, Stevens, Bishop, Plath, Heaney, Walcott. I’d better not give you a list of favourite poems, as it would go on far too long!
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
For my academic books I combine detailed close reading with historical contextualisation and research into secondary (critical) materials. For my poetry books, I “look into my heart, and write.”
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I write to shape my ideas and feelings – and to communicate them to other people. It was my sister’s death that got me writing – I found there was no other way of dealing with the depth of my grief. The confessional urge in my writing is very strong; but what fosters my writing is being part of a creative community. Contributing to that community is as important as learning from it.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I write short lyric poems or haikus on readily accessible subjects, such as what is going on in the garden. I am Literary Editor of the Oxford Magazine; I also belong to an online group called the Hall Writers’ Forum, where I read and comment on other people’s work. I find that the critical part of my brain remains active, even when my own creative inspiration is dormant. Critical and creative activities feed each other; by keeping alive the critic and editor in myself, I eventually win back my stubborn and stand-offish muse.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Look after yourself properly, so you can cope with life and what is going on around you. Get enough exercise and sleep. Write more poetry, and care less about your performance as an academic. Your poetry matters more than all your critical books put together.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I walk by the sea, listen to folk music, and enjoy talking with family and friends. I sometimes find that I’m unable for long periods to read, because of my mood disorder. But when I can read, I enjoy novels, especially by Iris Murdoch; and of course contemporary poetry.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I have a new collection forthcoming with Carcanet, who will be publishing The Vital Stream in association with the Wordsworth Trust in 2020. This is a sequence of 130 dramatic monologues in a range of sonnet forms, telling the story of the Wordsworth Circle in 1802 as the marriage of William Wordsworth to Mary Hutchinson approached. (I have already finished writing this collection; publication is delayed till 2020 so that the book can be part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth.)
I have also completed three further collections of poetry, for which I am seeking publication. (I write poetry almost every day, so I imagine the stockpile of collections will go on increasing until a few kind publishers relieve me of some of it! )
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
I will pass on a single nugget of wisdom that I was given by a friend, the poet David Constantine: ‘Only write necessary poems’. Defining what is ‘necessary’ (and why) is of course the biggest challenge of all.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for joining us Lucy and giving us a lucid and fascinating account of your writing and the creative journey sitting behind it 🙂
Until her retirement in 2016, Lucy Newlyn was a Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University and a Tutorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She has published widely on English Romantic literature, including four books with Oxford University Press and the Cambridge Companion to Coleridge.
Her first collection of poems, Ginnel, was published by Carcanet in 2005; her second, Earth’s Almanac by Enitharmon in 2015. In retirement, she has published Diary of a Bipolar Explorer (Signal, 20018) a fifteen-year memoir of her life in the shadow of mental illness, interspersing poetry with prose.
She is currently editing the prose of Edward Thomas and preparing several poetry collections for publication. An Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall and Literary Editor of the Oxford Magazine, she lives with her family in Oxford and Cornwall
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229. Ponytail Mama – Explore
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245. Rugged Road to Radiant Mountains – Reflections!
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247. The Perfect Shade of Red – The Blue Heron
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255. Exploring can be Deadly
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258. Hers – The Eggcorn
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260. Conqueror of Hearts – Islamic Methodologies Made Easy
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262. Relax – “Wading with shore birds..”
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265. Child With A Childish Attitude – writomaniacs
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268. A Good Path – Live Like It Matters
269. Clumsy #NaPoWriMo – stoneronarollercoaster
270. A Crosshatching How We Explore the Cyberspace – findingenvirons
271. Exploration of the Self – theempathyqueen
272. Ready, set, explore – Virtual Veyot
273. juantetcts – Daily Post/Explore
274. bogpan – Exploring the memory
275. My Life Is My Making
276. Hot White Snow – Exploring Argentina
277. 60 Russian Diplomats… a poem – A lot from Lydia
278. Or How I got Lost – One Night in Tokyo
279. Name that State – Greater Spotted Googler
280. The Adventure of Life – Tales from the mind of Kristian
281. The 100 Milestone! (100+ Followers) – Krafting Thoughts
282. the15thday – rather…meh at the moment
283. MORALITY PARK – SHOAH – Wilde Taylor
284. Mental chaos half across the world (Part 1 of 3) – Bird Flight
285. Flowers and Breezes – Explore
286. Unrequited Love – Tokens Of Expression
287. The little sparrow and me – Weekend Hamesha
288. sonja benskin mesher – .list of products.
289. Mental chaos half across the world (Part 3 of 3) – Bird Flight
290. Science Traveler – A Visit to the Bergen Aquarium
291. Never Be Afraid to Explore Your World – Grateful Single Moms
292. Awl and Scribe – Fingers
293. Summer work abroad in Poland – Bird Flight
294. Explore – Art Practitioner
295. MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO – Explore
296. One year of blogging – lots of writing and exploration! – Bird Flight
297. Cimmerian Sentiment – Jumping To Conclusions – Part 4 – Marisol And Grady (NSFW)
298. Twined and Intertwined – Megha’s World
299. They looked for angels – Teresa Berkowitz
300. Frank Prem – Only Hands
301. Explore the open space – Wells Baum
302. Rabbit Hole – Sanctuary.
303. Frank Prem – Thinking About Hands
304. The Road less Traveled – ElRead
305. Explore : Daily Prompt – Dancing Words
306. Frank Prem – conclusions
307. Still Curious – The Psalmist
308. Life – cocoa2
309. Naikanlens – Explore
310. constant VARIABLE – Explore
311. When I waited, she didn’t – Ta An Speaks
312. Six-word story: Explore – writingiswonderful
313. ….on pets and prisoners….. – daily prompt: explore
314. Experiencing technical difficulties – Quaint Revival
315. Thunder – Ta An Speaks
316. Adventure – M.S Poetry
317. KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog – delight
318. Explore – Ta An Speaks
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321. The Christian Crocheter – Hobby Exploration
322. Why I Write – Fox Fresh
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