Impact Arts spoke with Margaret Jean Taylor, author of My World in Rhyme, on her experiences of writing her collection of poems and also some of the key steps in getting her work published.
What inspired you to begin writing poetry?
I had the desire to express my reactions to events and feelings about my life and the age in which we now exist.
Can you give us an insight into My World in Rhyme, what is the collection about?
Love and friendship, people and events that have affected my emotions and attitudes.
This is your debut poetry collection; how did it feel to first see your name in print?
I was absolutely delighted and excited.
“Examine and think about the world around you”
What is the process of getting your work published?
Searching for a publisher, being invited to submit my drafts and having them accepted for publication.
Are you working on any new projects at the moment?
Yes. I am well on the way to completing my second book of rhymes.
Which one poem by another poet do you wish you had written yourself?
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Do you have any advice for aspiring poets here at UoN?
Examine and think about the world around you, the relationships and experiences you have and the reactions that they have on your emotions and personality. Look for the words to express your feelings.
Sum up My World in Rhyme in three words!
Love, life, beauty.
Questions by Amy Wilcockson
Image courtesy of Margaret Jean Taylor. Credit to Austin Macauley Publishers for use of the author’s image.