Report by Lisa Nightingale
Hugh Greasley is a visual artist – a painter – as well as a poet.
He often collaborates with other artists, enjoying the intersection between poetry and arts. In 2015, he worked with a performance artist to develop a poetry/performance piece about a moonlight walk along the Itchen River, from Winchester to the sea over the course of a night. Hugh has recently collaborated with a ceramicist, hand writing poetry around pots and bottles, mixing writing with three dimensional form.
His poems are inspired by places such as St Ives and nature. He often begins with quite an ordinary subject and allows the poem to twist itself into something more interesting.
Hugh’s research tip is to use Etymology which is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed. Etymology can often lead you to interesting related concepts. He agrees with the advice to read widely the works of other poets.