I take delight in having been brought up in different parts of the UK, with the glorious Highlands of Scotland being the place I have called home through the majority of my childhood and adult life. The experiences outwith the rural landscape and coastline, gained in towns as well as a child in South Africa has certainly opened up connections for writing. The Scottish Highlands offer so much in the way of characters, lifestyle and dramatic landscape.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I will define the place I call home as two points of focus. That of my loving family home with my wife, 2 grown up daughters and our aging beagle; then there is the wider community. This is a north east coastal village with ever changing conditions, which has great appeal because whatever gets thrown your way it doesn’t take long to find calm for contemplation and a reality check. Which is a great thing.
What turns you on creatively?
For me, creativity is seeing the process. I always say there is no right or wrong when approaching a piece of creative work. There are technical aspects that help with reaching success while ability and talent will always shine through and engage interest. It is the untangling of ideas and seeing the thoughts along the way that is most exciting. The notebook often has so much more to tell than the polished page.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
That’s a tough question because there times when a word will jump out that has that “fantastic word” reaction, such is the enjoyment of language. I will say that a word that deals with appreciation and taking time has great appeal because it evokes creativity. The word is curious – conjuring up a wide range of possibilities from fun to enlightening discovery.
It surrounds on a curious breeze or on the forceful wings of a weighty moth, dancing around my light.
What is your pet peeve?
Don’t rush towards the finish in order to move on to the next thing. There is so much to be gained from savouring what you are working on – there is a difference between being absorbed in a piece of work and dashing it off. I guess this takes us back to your question about creativity.
What defines Clive Grewcock?
I believe being honest and patient are important qualities in my life, without trying to sound clichéd, because there is nothing wrong with taking things at a pace at which a moment can be appreciated and decisions made that are felt to be for the best. These attributes help when working with poetry and using language creatively because it gives a pathway to experimenting with ideas – one never knows where these might lead.
Clive Grewcock is a writer based in the Scottish Highlands with a particular interest in language and the way it can evoke a depth and emotion through creativity. "Poetry has a wonderful power in our world, not necessarily in a shouting way but also with subtlety and asking others to invest and bring something of themselves to the work. It is good to contemplate and consider through writing."