Freeing Fascinations: Q+A with Lilith Foster-Collins.

Lilith is a first year student studying at Exeter College who enjoys reading and writing fiction and poetry in her spare time. We reached out to her after publishing her fantastic poetry to learn more about her process and work. 

How did you find out about Passports?

Our IB coordinator shared a link with us. I had a look at the website and liked the idea, so decided I would try to submit.

Why did you begin to write poetry?

I have always had a fascination with words and language, and love to write creatively. I find poems particularly enjoyable to write, because their shorter length forces you to focus on one or two ideas.

How would you describe your poetic style?

I would describe my poetry style as quite free-form and unstructured. I have experimented in the past with using more rhyme and rhythm but find this can sometimes disrupt the ideas and language.

What is your creative process like?

I usually start thinking through a poem in my head before I make a first draft. I will edit this, move parts around or completely rewrite it before it resembles the final poem. My process can vary though. Cloudy was drafted and pretty much completed in just a few days, whereas Freedom was an idea that I kept coming back to, rewriting it from different angles and in different forms, including as a short story, before I decided on the final version.

Where do you seek inspiration to write?

Often, I start a poem with one line or phrase and work on an idea from this. Another way I have found inspiration is by generating a topic or theme with a group of friends and then we all create poems inspired by that.

What do you hope to convey with your poetry?

I hope to convey a sense of emotion and imagery, whilst at the same time leaving it open to interpretation from different angles.

Where do you hope poetry takes you in the future?

Although my career focus is not within the arts, I hope to continue writing in my spare time and that the skills used in poetry such as imagination, creativity and use of language will help me in other areas in the future.

What is the IB program like at your school, especially in relation to the arts? How has it affected your work?

The IB program at my college is quite small, just 40 people, which creates a nice atmosphere because we are a smaller group within the main college. It is really beneficial to spend time with a group of like-minded people, who enjoy discussing and exploring ideas.

What hobbies do you have other than writing?

I like to read, especially science fiction. I also love hiking, my favourite place being Dartmoor in Devon, which has stunning scenery