Six Quickies with Meriel Malone…


1) Hello Meriel, as a punk-poet, you’ve recently supported The Fall at The Salford music festival. So what was that like ?

Supporting The Fall was definitely the most important gig for my career so-far. I’m really proud to know that Mark E Smith likes what I do, and it was ace to see that John Robb accepted my invite to that event and wrote a review of it, including some positive words about me. The Fall have a dedicated crowd, I am glad I went down well with them and there will be more performances from me at future gigs by The Fall.

2) After listening to your “A Tart with a heart”, “Nuclear Times”, “Maureen in Payroll”, “Thoughts On Watching Men Shave”, “Keeping Mum” poet video’s, I’ve become a fan. Are your poems based on observation or is it a case of having a fertile imagination?

“People watching” is a hobby of mine but I reckon it’s a bit of both. Someone once said that whatever a person writes first, be it a novel, script or song, that it is always, even when unintentional, a semi auto-biography. I think that is accurate.

3) If I was going to describe your work in a few words I’d probably say it was dark, kitchen-sink, intimate, acerbic, funny etc. Am I on the right tracks?

Yes, I agree. People often comment to me that I seem to nail their own experiences and thoughts with my work. I am quite dry-humoured so I think this reveals itself in my writing.

4) Not only is your work intelligent and funny, I also think you deliver with such passion and humour. Have you ever thought about becoming an actress, as you seem such a natural performer?

I’d love to be an actress, the idea of method acting and putting myself into another character’s shoes appeals to me.

5) Is there a piece of work that you are most proud of?

Nuclear Times. For me, it was the first poem I ever wrote aside from lyrics, it was the perfect poem. I recall smiling and feeling tearful as the words streamed out of me and it is now the favourite of a lot of the people who like me. Reasonable Use is the poem I am currently proud of, I wrote it 3 weeks ago, and I think it is typical of my work, even the Structure of Reasonable Use seems to naturally mimic the style of Nuclear Times, defining me as a Poet.

6) Is there an artist that you would love to work with in the near or not too distant future?

I’d like to write for some bands. Ideally I would write with Jarvis Cocker, he is a published Poet and a huge influence lyrically over myself. I am hoping to work alongside John Cooper Clark next year.

Well thank you Meriel, it’s been an absolute pleasure

One thought on “Six Quickies with Meriel Malone…

  1. An exciting, daring, acidic, cruel, kind, observant performance…a very talented poet who will be capturing audiences for many years to come….fantastic Meriel.

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