Writer Of The Week: Hester Jimpson

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Debut writer Hester Jimpson is our Writer Of The Week.

Her touching remembrance poem, “A Name On A Stone Is Not All That You Are”, appears in our November 7 issue.

What inspired you to write “A Name On A Stone Is Not All That You Are”?

I was inspired to write it to commemorate the passing of my great-granddad.

As a family we had decided to have a small graveside gathering, and I felt a reading would be appropriate.

I wanted it to be personal and unique, so set about composing my own poem.

When did you first start writing poetry? What makes writing so enjoyable to you? 

I’ve always enjoyed writing poetry, and have done so, on and off, since childhood.

I recently discovered that my late grandfather also enjoyed writing poetry, and this has given me a lovely connection to him as, unfortunately, I never got to meet him.

Which writers do you most admire, and why?

There are many writers whose work I admire and enjoy.

It varies depending on my mood at the time.

What are your writing goals and ambitions? Has lockdown helped or hindered them? 

I’m currently developing a business which involves turning people’s thoughts into verse for speeches, family celebrations and the like.

I’d also love to extend my writing into short stories.

Lockdown has definitely helped, as it’s given me the time to write more.

Notebook and pencil or laptop? Kitchen table or study? Blank wall or inspiring view? 

Definitely notebook and pencil, sunny conservatory and a pretty view (along with lots of coffee & biscuits)!

P.S., What’s your one top tip for an aspiring Writer Of The Week? 

Don’t force the words to come.

They’ll pop into your head when they’re ready, and you should always jot them down as soon as they do!

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Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.