Finola Scott

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Finola Scott comes from Glasgow, Scotland.

How long have you been writing? Writing for 10yrs – since I quit work/retired/ saw sense.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Each time I’m published it’s the greatest achievement ..but I have won some nice comps . For instance I was awarded a top prize in the Absent Friends comp at a ceremony in the Scottish Parliment which was special. It was great to honour my parents publically. I was also selected to be mentored by Makar (Poet Laurate of Scotland) Liz Lochead.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Recently poems written while touring the Yorkshire dales (including going down an actual freezing cold mine) have been published.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? Visiting Uist this summer sparked a lot of writing, not just about the fabulous scenery but the history of the islands & the reality of people’s lives. However I’ve just returned from the Venice Biennale so ideas are piling up!

Where can we find your work? Recently my daughter asked if I’d ever googled myself. To my delight I discovered that many of my poems can be found by that simple search – having an unusual first name does have advantages! I am published in a very wide range of mags, zines & anthologies.

How do you react to rejections? Some might argue that I am far from sane but I think it’s important to remember why you write, to know what motivates you & decide on how much energy you want to give your writing.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Being accepted is terrific – every time. It shouldn’t be, but it is a sort of validation. I love to communicate & the thought of someone connecting with my thoughts & emotions is wonderful.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Rejections of course are sore, but you have to be realistic & realise there are a LOT of very good writers out there. I do tend to look hard at poems that wing their way back. A friend said that often she is pleased when a faulty poem is not accepted. I haven’t got to that stage yet , but I’m working on it!

What is your favorite book? I have too many favourite books to list , but currently Denise Mina’s powerful novel ‘The Long Drop’ is at the top. Fav poets include John Glenday, Sinead Morrissey, Alice Oswald and another Scot Graham Fulton.

Who is your favorite author? I love Bernard MacLaverty’s writing. I also read & re-read Ciaran Carson for his fresh word play.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? I’d love to dine with Empress Orchid. I found this novel of this name byAnchee Min fascinating.

What makes you laugh? I laugh a lot – at stand-up comedy, at fb nonsense, at satire – I was raised on That Was the Week That Was. My little grand-daughters constantly make me laugh. Today they danced round my kitchen to Stravinsky!

What makes you cry? Don’t cry easily –I do remember being in floods at the film Sophie’s Choice. Opera & soaring music can wet my eyes – Duncan Chisholm on fiddle too. Other people crying as the talk of their grief or pain definitely makes me cry.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Tea .. Earl Grey preferably.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Neither – Marlow, Beckett, O’Casey for me!

Personal website/blog: That’s all folks – no blog or anything!