Interview with poet S R Lore

My
special guest today is poet S R Lore.
We’re chatting about the collection, The Playground of Life.
Welcome, S.R. Please tell us a little
bit about yourself.
I was
born in Mauritius and brought up in North London. I grew up with a long-term
health condition. After years of soul searching into the meaning of life,
spirituality, and self-development, I took charge of my life and decided to do
all that I can to better my life and that of others. My motto is ‘love is my
currency, I spend freely’ and I would like to spread peace, unity, respect, and
love by daily action, charity work, poetry, and through my self-development blog
Making a Difference.
What do you enjoy most about writing
poems?
The most
enjoyable thing about writing poetry for me is the fact that it enables me to
express my feelings towards circumstances in life succinctly.
Can you give us a little insight
into a few of your poems – perhaps a couple of your favorites?
‘The
Playground of Life,’ which is the title of the book and also a poem, explains
the fact that we as human beings play many roles consciously or unconsciously. Our
ego tends to take over whenever it feels like it, but if we remain conscious
enough we can see the roles at play without losing sight of the real essence of
us. We can even have fun playing these roles which are the many facets of
ourselves. Another poem close to my heart is ‘Mummy Dearest’, which expresses
my relationship with my mother who is very dear to me. I hope others will be
able to relate to it as well.
What form are you inspired to write
in the most? Why?
I like to
write in a rhyming style which I do without realizing it. I am inspired by
rappers because they rap about the realities of everyday life in a very
impactful way.
What type of project are you working
on next?
I have
designed a t-shirt with the logo ‘Love is my currency, I spend freely’ to raise
money for FareShare and I am planning to design more t-shirts and homeware with
my poetry to raise money to build schools in the poorest countries. So watch
the space.
When did you first consider yourself
a writer / poet?
I
actually never studied poetry. However, in 2004 I was really ill and the
doctors didn’t think that I would survive. It took a few years for me to come
through it, but I became a different person and had a different intake on life.
I started to write about my experiences in life and the things around me. It
wasn’t until 2013 that I decided to use my writing in a form of a poetry diary to
raise money for charity and as a result of that I got quite a lot of feedback
from those who wanted me to put it all in a poetry book.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for not-yet-published poets?
Well, I
think I have already touched on that subject. It’s not until you expose
yourself to the public that you can get an idea of how well you will be
received. And also who your target market is going to be. Poetry is especially
hard to sell because the market for it is small. But I believe in doing what
makes you happy and if you are able to make a difference with your work then it
makes it all worthwhile. I also believe in self-publishing because you need to
get your talent out there instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
What would you say is your
interesting writing quirk?
Well, I
don’t know if that is a quirky thing but I tend to write about some serious
subject in a humorous way.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Funny
enough, I did enjoy playing a librarian or a teacher as a child but I did want
to be a journalist amongst other things. I couldn’t keep my attention on one
thing as I was passionate about a lot of things.
Anything additional you want to
share with the readers?
I would
just like to add that 50% of the sale price of my poetry book goes to
University College Hospital and FareShare. And a big thank you to all in advance
who buys my book. If anybody wants to find out what I am all about then check
my blog out or for any advice they can e-mail me at sr.lore@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you for being here today! All
the best with your writing.

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