Please extend a warm welcome to Jade Kennedy!
Silver Threads, your first collection of poetry, was recently published by Valley Press. Congratulations! Can you tell us a bit about the collection? Is there a recurrent theme throughout the book?
Thank you. I don't think that there is a recurrent theme through Silver Threads, the poems are a wide varity of all the styles of writing that I experiment with. The poems are also a mix of old and new poems, showing the changes in the way that I write. The poem 'Silver Threads' that inspired the book title is based on my own ancestry. My Mum and I have traced our family tree quite a way back and have come across some interesting families. Also the beautiful cover is an abstract painting by my Mum, who is a watercolour artist.
In college, and this is something you and I have in common, you studied psychology. Do you think your studies have had an impact on your work as a poet?
I didn't study Psychology in depth at college but I have continued to study it in my own time since then. I think an interest in psychology is a must for any writer and it has had an impact on my writing in a huge way. I love knowing how people tick, their unconscious idiosyncrasies and what makes them unique. I am fascinated by how I tick also and how I have become the person I am today. My poem Expectations, which is in Silver Threads, is written about the unyielding rules that we ourselves and society try to impose.
When did you decide to start writing poetry? Did you write much in high school?
I have written poetry from a very young age. My Mum has some poetry I wrote when I was about 9-10 and she treasures it. I didn't write much poetry at all as a young teenager but as an older teen I wrote a few dark angst-ridden poems that were just a means of venting backed-up emotions. I started taking my writing seriously in 2009 and have been a prolific writer ever since. I have written close to 150 poems now, not all of them are top notch but still it's a good catalogue to have.
Do you have a favorite poem from Silver Threads? If so, which one?
That's a hard question! They are all my little creations but I do have some that I come back to more then others. I would have to say that 'The Crows' is one of my all time favourites.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
Pablo Neruda is my favourite poet, I had known of him for years but only recently have I read more of his poetry and fallen in love with it. Other poets I like are Dylan Thomas, Carol Ann Duffy and Sappho.
What, if you don't mind telling us, is your next project.
As I said in an earlier question my Mum is a watercolour artist so we are always discussing making a book of art and poetry together, but nothing is certain and this is just an idea at the moment. I really like writing poetry that has a fantasy theme and would love to get more creative with that. Of course I would love to have more of my poetry published in the future, it's still early days and who knows where it can take me.