Poetry performed by Val Cole
Get to know the poet:
What is the theme of your poem?
The poem has three themes: reflection, regret and hope.
What motivated you to write this poem?
I was reflecting about last year’s global events, where I as a writer could contribute with a written word on acceptance and nurturing of human diversity.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing over ten years. It has been a journey and still is of continuous learning through participation in events and contests, studying available materials and reading others’ works. The latter took sometimes as I didn’t wish to be influenced in my writing style. In time, I realised that I can be authentic while reading and listening to other poets.
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
It would be Beatrix Potter, for her knowledge in mycology. I would involve her as an illustrator too. We would chat about the sequel of my picture book ‘Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms’. The story is about high advanced mushroom society, who found a human baby alone in the forest. Their king decides to adopt it and orders Lamellians to use their abilities to care for it.
What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I have submitted my works before. What I said then and remain so is, I like the idea of using different media channels to portray my work, especially because I don’t enjoy making public appearances. So your platform is perfect for me to co-share the skill of writing and performing with someone else.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I have published books on fantasy/adventure/educational tales with moral lessons. In the published portfolio is also a novella and anthology of thoughts. For anyone interested to
know more, I am giving free books to visitors on my website.
What is your passion in life?
Writing is and concurrently a tremendous courage. The courage to – expose thoughts in public, accept rejection, accept criticism, make mistakes, resolve own problems, find own style and keep writing. As long as it is a passion and I place no limits to my imagination or not allow rules to distract me, I will never run out of a desire to write.