The Treasury Interviews: Linus interviews John Malone

John Malone: John is an Adelaide poet, who recently wrote his 100th poem for children in just over 4 years. He is in ‘Friendly Street Poets’ (a volunteer poetry group) and he is a ‘Kiwi’ living in Australia.

I’m Linus Ritchie and I’m 11 years old. I live in Queenstown, New Zealand, and I like to read. I go to Remarkbales Primary School.


The Interview:

Do you prefer to write children or adults poems?    Both.

What hobbies do you have, do they inspire your poetry?  Swimming, walking, reading, cinema, eating with friends, seeing the grandchildren, being in love. All these things inspire me.

Did you always want to be a writer, if not what did you want to be?  I’ve always written. Only in the last 15 years have I wanted to be published.

What are the steps of writing a poem? That’s a hard one. When I feel the lines come into my head I write them down and as I write them down other lines come into my head. It’s all rather magical.

How old were you when you started writing and what inspired you to start poetry?  I wrote my first poem when I was 10. I loved reading poetry. I loved the musicality of language. 

If you have written 100 poems in just over 4 years, how many poems/stories have you written altogether since you started poetry?  No idea. Hundreds of poems, scores of stories. 

What is one of your favourite poems that you wrote?  ‘The Red Pencil Sharpener’ is still one of my fave poems. (This poem is in The Treasury of NZ Poems for Children and I love it too!  —  Paula)

Thanks John and Linus for a great interview!

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