Helloo! This article is going to be all about Andy Craven-Griffiths; a poet/writer from Leeds. Around a month ago he came to our school to teach us about his writing and performance poetry however when he was finished a couple of people stayed behind and asked him some questions. Here are a few we asked him while he was at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.
Do you believe in magic?
It depends what you mean by magic. I believe in science although I do not believe in making things levitate. I believe that writing is magic not Harry Potter magic. In quantum physics there are people who teleport and disappear although as I have already said I don’t believe in that type of magic.
Do you have a cat?
Yes I do, I have a pet cat named Aber. Before him I had a pet cat called Ginger however he sadly passed away. On the other had I have never had any dogs.
Who is your favourite poet?
I’ve got lots of favourite poets such as Simon Artige, there is a guy named Polar Bear and a girl called Hollie Mcnish who has a YouTube channel. Just like me she also does performance poetry.
What are your favourite colours?
I would have to say either yellow or orange since I prefer things to be brighter.
What is the most creepiest thing you have ever experienced?
This is a hard one since many creepy and unusual things have happened to me in my life however I do have a very scary story to tell. So I woke up when I was four years old and their was a HUMONGOUS pile of broken chairs piled up in front of my bedroom door! A little while later my mum walked in and the moment she did the chairs had disappeared. . .
Who inspired you to do performance poetry?
My brother, he had been dong poetry before me and he read out his work to me and said that I should try. So I wrote out a poem and my brother loved it so from the on I found that writing poems made me feel better and that I how I become the person I am today.
As you know, part of my job is to visit schools and teach children about my work however I also professionally write ( not just poems ) and do performance poetry around the globe.
When was your first time performing?
I was around nine-teen however school teacher used to always ask me to be in the school plays and at first I was EXTREMELY scared! but my brother said to me that it was okay to get things wrong. At first I was so scared my paper was nearly flying out my hand! although now I feel confident enough that I don’t use any paper and I no longer shake.
What are the three best things you have done in your life? I would have to say it was my niece being born since it was very exciting. And I was the third person to hold her!
- I would have to say that my first favourite thing is seeing my baby niece being born. That was very special thing to me.
- This one would have to be about how I won an award at table tennis. I was unbelievable and I felt very proud of myself.
- I’d have to sat that the last best this I d was going on a tour in America and I played a gig there for a week.
Thank you everyone for reading this article and comment down below if you like poetry. Another special thanks to Andy Craven-Griffiths for coming into our school and teaching us about his work. Byeee!