Okay – I really love Vicki Feaver and it was such a pleasure to talk to her that I hope you’ll listen to this podcast and then go buy all her books. I first saw her read when I was doing my Creative Writing Masters at Edinburgh University. I loved her work so much that I wrote her a fan letter. I never write fan letters. I write complaints. Anyway, I said, basically — she’s everything good about poetry. She’s sharp and brutal and accessible and funny and just a totally wondrous poet whose books are nearly perfect and really, you should just read all of her stuff and fall in love with her too so I can stop gushing because it makes me feel like an idiot. Enjoy. And sorry for the lame pun.

wash your hands by Chris Scott

Vicki Feaver

On this week’s podcast, we have the great pleasure to chat with acclaimed poet Vicki Feaver. She delights Ryan with her refreshing outlook on the poetry world, her fantastic work and her very infectious sense of humour. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail: splpodcast@gmail.com

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First published Friday 15 October, 2010

About Vicki Feaver

Vicki Feaver moved to Dunsyre, South Lanarkshire in 2000. She previously taught creative writing at the University of Chichester where she is now Emeritus Professor. She has published three collections of poetry, Close Relatives (Secker 1981), and The Handless Maiden (Cape 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006), both short-listed for the Forward Prize Best Collection, with The Book of Blood also shortlisted for the 2006 Costa (formerly Whitbread) Poetry Book Award. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for the Best Single Poem. She has also received a Heineman Prize, a Hawthornden Fellowship, an Arts Council Award and a Cholmondeley Award.