I’m drawn to people who are trying to strike up or maintain a connection with their place – town or country, or in between. I’d like to think I was connected, or looking for connection – but of course, disconnection creeps into our lives all the time. Sometimes we need to disconnect.

Elaine Aldred‘s extended interview with Matthew Clegg (published on her Strange Alliances blog in January 2014) explores the idea of place as predicament, the relationship between poetic idiom and integrity, and the crafting of the sequences in West North East. Click here to read the full interview.

Matthew Clegg (by Paul Evans)

Matthew Clegg (photographed by Paul Evans)

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