Laura Dockrill: Q&A

LAURA DOCKRILL is a woman of many talents – poet, performer, novelist, and has been a headliner forTilt's 'London Liming'.  A rising star of UK poetry, we chatted to her about her inspirations, experiences, and career plans.

What 3 words/attributes would you say best describe you?

Brave, chaotic, optimistic

How would you describe the relationship between art/music and spoken word/literature?

I'm interested in how we can inject or find the art and music in the word/literature and visa versa. Really they are all about pissing about, showing off and having a good old play.

The subjects of your poetry range from south London house parties to heartbreaking cowboys. Where do pieces like this come from?

Mainly people I meet, spy and eavesdrop on.

You seem to have many passions – poetry, novels, fashion, illustration, music, theatre. Where does it stem from?

My family and my home. I had a very inspirational up bringing. I am very lucky that I was encouraged to listen to punk and stay up late at parties.

In 2010 you headlined at Latitude festival and performed at Camp Bestival, Edinburgh Fringe and the Reading and Leeds festivals to name a few. What’s it like performing to a festival audience, compared to other ones?

Unpredictable. Sometimes close to euphoric, othertimes I'd rather chew glass. Hahaha - oh god.

What has been your greatest professional experience to date?

After my first meeting/ lunch with my publishers, I excused myself to go to the toilet and I sat on the lid and cried my eyes out in disbelief.

Are there any artists who you’d cite as an inspiration, and if so, why?

Yes for sure: writing-wise Flight of the Conchords, Elizabeth Smart, Patrick Hamilton. Performance: All the greats - Charlie Chaplin, Stephen Berkoff, French and Saunders, Harry Enfield... the list goes on.

What creative masterpiece do you wish you'd written?

The Witches

What's the best aspect of the career you've created?

I am always really happy when I introduce somebody to poetry. It's the best feeling. I don't think poetry gets the respect and credit it deserves as a literary craft. I'm just hugely proud to be a part of such a strong poetry network - everybody seems really up for it!