Five Minutes with Ian Streeter

ian streeter 1. Where do you get most of your writing done?

At my desk at home.

2. Internet on or off while you’re writing?

It varies. Mainly on but I do sometimes resort to Freedom to bar myself from  reading blogs and checking Facebook.

3. Which book/poem do you wish you’d written?

Hundreds of them. Long Legged Fly by William Butler Yeats is a bit of a favourite poem. Great slabs of Raymond Carver’s work would be just fine to have written.

4. Which book are you constantly lending your friends?

A Moveable Feast, whenever someone is heading for Paris. I have to keep buying new copies.

5. Which fictional character do you think you're most romantically compatible with?

Hmm, tricky. After a fling on the road with Dean Moriarty, I might settle down with Sodapop Curtis.

6. Best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

“Something good will come out. Have patience” - Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones.

7. If you could only read and re-read one book for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

Oh my God, I think I’d rather die now than have to make that choice. Could I cheat and take the Norton Anthology of Poetry?

8. Which book do you only pretend to like to look cool/well-read?

I don’t know about that. There are a whole lot of books that I’ve read part of and never quite finished, not because I don’t want to but life gets in the way sometimes. Like The Sound and the Fury, Anna Karenina, that kind of thing. I try to remember not to pretend that I finished them!

 9. What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently using this interview to avoid writing a story for a uni assignment. Something good will come out. Have patience.

And if you dare to share, we'd love to see a pic of your writing space...

ian streeter work desk