Firstly, thank you for choosing to put the spotlight on me, though I do feel like the proverbial rabbit in the headlights. This poetry malarky is relatively new to me and I am delighted that my words are being enjoyed.
I hail from the West Coast of Scotland in the county of Argyll. A picturesque part of the world which is steeped in history, high rugged mountains, and deep lochs. That sounds like an advert for a Visit Scotland brochure but it’s all true.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
It is my sanctuary. It’s where my family are, and where my memories are made.
What turns you on creatively?
My surroundings, nature, emotions, life, loss, and love and of course presently COVID-19.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Scottish words like bairn, braes, and banter. Wandering is a good word – physical and mental.
Rounded bellies of ewes in lamb wandering pheasants that avoided the guns
What is your pet peeve?
Bad manners, bullying, and bullshit. Life is short. Live and let live.
What defines Caroline Gauld?
I cannot say exactly what defines me. It’s variable and very subtle. I have no label. Like the Scottish weather, I am everchanging.
I recently joined a creative writing class at my local college and found an enjoyment in writing poetry. My tutor Marian Pallister a local author has been a wonderfully encouraging teacher. I live in Lochgilphead, Argyll on the West coast of Scotland, a beautiful part of the world where inspiration is easily found. I am part of a family of six and have a twin sister. My father was a shepherd, my mother a nurse. I enjoyed a fairly idyllic childhood. Life is being kind at present also as I am happily married, have a grown up and left home son. I have many things to be grateful for.