Name: Lloyd Fletcher
 
Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
 
Please describe what you do in “the world.”
I teach subjects in organisation and management at the university of Bristol, in the School of Economics, Finance, and Management.
 
What is your role on the Poetry Can Board?
I chair the board of trustees.
 
Where do you live now?
Bristol
 
What puts a genuine smile on your face?
Someone says they really enjoyed my cooking, or my teaching, or my poetry, or an idea I came up with out of nowhere. Seeing someone else overcome a difficult challenge.
 
What keeps you awake at night?
Wrestling into submission some problem or doubt.
 
Which living poet do you most admire? 
 
Which dead poet do you most admire?
 
What irritates you most about yourself?
Being irritated by traits or behaviours for no obvious logical reason.
 
What irritates you most about others? 
See above. Also, self-destructive procrastination; not taking advantage of opportunities. People who talk but don’t listen.
 
What has been your finest hour to date? 
On stage at Follies3, the student satirical review, at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, in 1992.
 
What’s your favourite album / CD?
Entertainment, by Gang of Four
 
What’s your favourite indulgence? 
A good whiskey or an interesting ale.
 
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Logan
 
What is your favourite poem? 
“One for the Road”, by Neal Bowers
 
Where would you most like to go on holiday? 
Mesopotamia
 
If you ran the Arts Council what would you really want to do?
Negotiate a huge legacy trust so that it can fund itself henceforth and not depend on central government.
 
Do you like shopping in malls? 
Depends on the mall. But in general, I’d rather shop an interesting high street, market, or cluster of independent shops.
 
Least favourite kind of art event to go and see? (Please don’t say a poetry reading!)
Large conceptual installations that make me feel like I’m missing something.
 
Do you write poetry yourself? 
Yes
 
How often do you read poetry?
At least weekly.
 
What single thing would make your creative life easier?
More quiet time to spend on reading, thinking, and writing. Poetry publishers with a faster turnaround!
 
Where do you want to be this time next year?
With more writing credits, and someone interested in publishing my first collection.
 
Do you believe in life after a bad day / gig?
Of course.
 
Do you believe in life after death?
No.
 
How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?
“That bloke was alright.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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