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‘The more I read the more I write’

POET Jamie Baxter is looking forward to seeing his pieces appearing in an Oxford University anthology.

POET Jamie Baxter is looking forward to seeing his pieces appearing in an Oxford University anthology.

Although the 20-year-old is actually at Durham, studying engineering, he was invited to take part in one of Oxford’s summer school.

At Christ Church college, Jamie, from St Alphege, received advice from established poets and went to workshops.

Now three of his poems will be appearing in Panado - a collection of work by poets from around around the country.

“I suppose I started to get interested in poetry at GCSE and I joined a creative writing club at school,” said the former King Edward’s pupil.

“The more poetry I read, the more I wanted to write and it just went from there really.”

Visiting his uncle in hospital and seeing a grand home falling into disrepair were among the things which have inspired Jamie’s verse.

“Sometimes there’s just a spark and you think ‘I’ve got to write about that’ and away you go,” he told the Solihull News.

“Other times it’s an idea that grows in your mind over a few days and eventually you sit down and try and make something of it.

“What you find is that the style of other writers can start to creep in and you have to try and avoid that.”

The young wordsmith said that the Scotsman Don Paterson and American John Berryman were among his favourite poets.

To find out more about the anthology and next year’s summer school go to www.towerpoetry.org.uk.

 

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