I’m originally from Birmingham but now living in Olomouc where I write my own stuff, and proof-read and edit, (Abridged versions of the classics; like Hemmingway and Orwell). Also in between looking after my son Joe, I edit and design Jotters United Lit-zine.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Where I live now is a cool mini Prague, all the buildings and culture but without the tourists.
What turns you on creatively?
I get inspired by ordinary people’s lives, which can be extraordinary. I am also inspired by stories of ordinary people’s struggles and protests against a society that treats them badly.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Probably, the word fuck. I love the flexibility and variety of uses of the word; I use it a lot in my writing…this is from a story about marriage published recently…
‘Fuck it! Let’s just get fucking married!’
What is your pet peeve?
Flowery poetry or writing. Over-descriptive text and anything that mentions petals! Oh, plus I hate all academic writing…It needs to be gotten rid of!
What defines Nick Gerrard?
My humour and passion for political causes and writing.
Nick Gerrard is originally from Birmingham but now living in Olomouc where he writes, proof-reads and edits, and in between looking after his son Joe, edits and designs Jotters United Lit-zine. Nick has been at one time or another a Chef, activist, union organiser, punk rocker, teacher, traveller and Eco-lodge owner in Malawi and Czech. Short stories, flash and poetry have appeared in various magazines in print and online including Etherbooks, Roadside fiction, The Siren, Minor Literature and Bluehour magazine. Nick has three books published available on Amazon. His latest Punk Novelette is all about a group of friends growing up with punk in 70s in the UK and the effect the movement had on their lives.