In our next Artist Spotlight, we chat to author, Sarah Shiels, as she prepares to release a book covering her poetic works over the last couple of years. It is aptly titled, ‘Two Years’.
S] What inspired you to develop the book?
Even though some of the poems have been sitting around for a year or two, the combination of a few sleepless nights and the gradual deterioration of living standards in general, inspired me to release this collection, and may even help pay my council tax!
S] What inspires you outside of writing?
Mainly music, whether that’s playing music or listening to music. Leonard Cohen in particular, inspires me the most, his poetry and lyrics are incredible.
S] What challenges do you face as an artist?
Challenges are probably creative blocks and work-life balance. That’s the biggest difficulty, trying to make the time to keep expressing creativity.
S] What themes run through your work?
There are many, I suppose this book covers a wide range of topics. It touches on humanity as a whole; capitalism, socialism and anarchist ideals. It questions the way we are existing and a main theme is the constant battle of love over materialism.
S] Do you have a specific place that you write best within?
Not at all, inspiration and ideas can come at any time.
S] Are you inspired by your surroundings at all?
Yes, a lot of my poetry is the product of observation. I guess day-to-day life gives us things to love, and things you hope will one day change for the better.
S] Can you think of a time in your life, where you have been at your most creative, can you describe that to me?
A few years ago, I stopped having a narrow mind-set of just accepting the lives we all lead. We don’t question the system we are part of. There’s nothing like a fresh change of perspective to ignite and induce creativity.
The book is available to buy from www.sarahshiels.com on Wednesday, December 12.