Who Are You?
Name: Spikey Tim, aka Tim Vosper
Year of Birth: 1977
Place of Birth: A galaxy far, far away (London)
In no more than six lines please describe what you do in “the poetry world.”
I do energetic, quirky poems for people who are still young at heart, and also for people who are still young in real life. In addition, I am a part of the team who runs Bristol Hammer & Tongues poetry slam – a top notch evening on the first Wednesday of each month. I have been described as a real life cartoon character, and my poetry has been likened to Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl.
Where do you live now?
Bradley Stoke, North of Bristol. There are a lot of roundabouts here.
What puts a genuine smile on your face?
Anything by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, especially “House Of Fools”. Also the poetry of Les Barker & Roald Dahl.
What keeps you awake at night?
Currently, my neighbours.
Which living poet do you most admire?
Laura Dockrill – I love her humour, her engaging performances, and the cut and paste/ hand drawn style she uses to illustrate her poems.
Which dead poet do you most admire?
Spike Milligan – his poetry inspired me to start writing in the first place, and “Silly Verse For Kids” remains my favourite book.
What irritates you most about yourself?
That I check whether I have locked my door 27 times when leaving the house.
What irritates you most about others?
When they keep their eyelid shut for too long when winking. Anything longer than two seconds is disconcerting, and five seconds or more is right out.
What has been your finest hour?
My finest hour is the CD of poems I recently did called “Gobble! Gulp! Burp!” – I had so much fun making it! It doesn’t actually last an hour, but you could always play it twice.
What’s your favourite album / cd?
John Otway’s Greatest Hits
What’s your favourite indulgence?
What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
“London has fallen” – my feeling is that it might not be destined for an Oscar.
Politically, do you swing to the Left or to theRight?
I prefer swings in parks to political swings
What is your favourite poem?
“Never Felt Finer” by Spike Milligan – I can remember when I was a boy reading it to my Dad and making him laugh.
Where would you most like to go on holiday?
I’ve never been anywhere in the USA, so it would be great to go there.
If you ran the Arts Council what would you really want to do?
I’d promote children’s poetry, and poetry for children.
Do you like shopping in malls?
From time to time, but I prefer quirky shops with a bit of personality.
Least favourite kind of art event to go and see?
I can’t think of a particular kind of art event I don’t enjoy – generally speaking, I believe that people who share their creativity should be celebrated and nurtured.
How often do you write poetry?
Pretty much every day
How often do you read poetry?
At least several times a week
What single thing would make your artistic life easier?
Where do you want to be this time next year?
Performing lots of lovely gigs in Bristol and beyond. I’d also love to perform in more schools, and do more comedy gigs too – I’ve done both of these things in 2016, and really enjoyed them!
Do you believe in life after a bad gig?
Absolutely! Although uncomfortable at the time, bad gigs offer valuable learning opportunities – having bad gigs is essential in order to develop and to improve.
Do you believe in life after death?
How would you like to be remembered by the poetry world?
The bloke with the spikey hair.
See Tim performing for Raise the Bar here: