Elizabeth Ridout was invited by Brighton Book Club to talk about her latest poetry collection, Summon, (part of the Spotlight book series) and how it began as a way to explore her bipolar diagnosis. Here she shares why music is such an inspiration to her writing.
‘I always listen to music when I write. I have lots of inspiration from artists; Patti Smith, Kate Bush, David Bowie… I’ve always been a huge Bowie fan and I’ve always been really interested in his exploration of identity and the way he can transform himself. There’s this real power in each of the persona’s that he embodies… The line [from Bowie’s song, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide], ‘your watching yourself but your too unfair’ really sums up my collection; really terrifying but compassionate at the same time.’
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