‘If you’re a creative person you want an audience, and publishing can be the way to get one’. Gary J Flood expresses with this sentence the ambition – and necessity – of many writers. He’s very aware, though, that the literary genre he writes in – Slipstream – is not for everyone. But he confesses he’d be happy to just have five – devoted – readers.
Gary has a background in Philosophy and Rhetoric and currently makes a living as a journalist and content creator in business and technology. He was an early admirer of the Lancaster University Creative Writing MA, and finally decided to start it in 2013 because ‘your life it’s what you actually did… you’ve to do stuff‘.
He is also an avid and eclectic reader – Albert Camus, Peter Watts, William Golding… One of his literary obsessions is giving a voice to ‘the other’ in literature. That included, for example, writing a short story set in the The Lord of The Rings‘ world from the perspective of an Orc.
‘You’ve to put yourself out in the world and allow things to happen to you so they can become poems.’
A young poet whose debut collection, Physical, has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize. And he also has a permanent position at Liverpool John Moores University.
As writers, I am sure that more than once you have heard that making a living out of poetry is as easy as catching a unicorn in your backyard. Do you still believe that? Listen to Andrew McMillan and you might change your mind….