I’m from Sheffield in northern England originally. I went to college in Liverpool and never went back! So I lived for many years around Merseyside and still love Liverpool but I now live in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a small town in the mountains of north Wales.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
It’s a lovely community – safe, eccentric, beautiful! Pity it rains so much!!!
What turns you on creatively?
It can be almost anything – a phrase in someone else’s writing, anger at some humanitarian injustice, a past event which comes to mind. I also enjoy the challenge of writing to a theme or picture prompt.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
In terms of my writing, probably ‘dream’ because it can mean so many different things. It appears a lot in my writing!
What is your pet peeve?
‘Peeve’ seems to me quite a small word or one referring to minor irritations rather than the big issues, so I will answer it accordingly! So far as writing goes, I think it would be those who expect to be paid for their work but expect editors/editorial teams to work for free. Scale that up to bigger issues and there are bigger ‘peeves’ (and bigger egos!) – not least that the only way to derive benefit from work or to have it valued is to be paid cash.
What defines Lynn White?
I find that difficult to answer, I often wonder about it myself! Possibly people who know me would define me in different ways. I’m very focused, perhaps obsessive when I’m concentrating on something. I don’t give up. I don’t like loose ends or unfinished business so I see something through to an end that I can feel satisfied with. Increasingly some things going on in the world or so awful I turn off, don’t want to know, then something will spark me and I’ll be in full campaign mode…
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem 'A Rose For Gaza' was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been published in recent anthologies including - Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry, an Anthology of Love poems’; Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’; Vagabond Press’s, ‘The Border Crossed Us’; ‘Degenerates - Voices For Peace’, ‘Civilised Beasts’ and ‘Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones’ from Weasel Press; ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, and many rather excellenton line and print journals.