Community Creatives: Tim Train

Tim Train is from Whittlesea and is a local poet, writer, and zine maker! A little book of Tim’s poems, 'Hangover Music', was recently published through Ginninderra Press. Melbourne has one of the most thriving performance poetry scenes in the world, and he is proud to help to run one such event, Poetry at the Dan O'Connell, where Tim is one of a team of MCs there. Readings are on from 2.00pm-5.00pm.

Tim is one of our profiled local writers as part of the 11th Annual Booklovers Festival. To find out more about the festival view the program here

How do you describe your creative practice?

I write a lot, and I love reading the results in bars and cafes and pubs at performance poetry events. I love to mix with the audience and really give them something to think about and laugh about. I also make a lot of zines and blog quite a bit, my writing isn't only confined to poetry.

When did you start writing? What inspired you?
Seems I've been writing, on and off, ever since I was a kid. Sometimes writing happens in response to the work of other writers - and sometimes you have an idea that's so weird you've gotta write it down.

What are you working on at the moment?
I'm preparing some talks for a poetry history walk I'll be doing for the upcoming Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, and I'm working on a strange little - probably unperformable - sound poetry play.

Do you have a studio or work space? What is it like?
I usually just write at home, but do you know what? Some of my best writing comes on trains or trams.

How do you define success? How do you celebrate your successes?
One type of success is performing your poems as a feature to a roomful or theatre full of people and having them walking away laughing and happy and satisfied. Another type of success I'm aiming for now is to make a viable career out of my writing, through performing, and selling books, and teaching.
The nice thing about success in writing is, if you truly succeed, it's not just you who is happy - everyone who shares in your writing as readers or listeners are happy, too.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Keep on reading, keep on writing, and don't be afraid to share your work.

Do you have favourite author or book?
My favourite author is Edmund Spenser, whose 'The Faerie Queene' is a great and glorious and generous Arthurian romance in verse. He didn't even finish it before he died but it is still wonderful. But my favourite author is also C S Lewis, whose Chronicles of Narnia were a great childhood influence - and whose essays (on subjects ranging from theology to literary criticism) are extraordinarily insightful. Why should you have just one favourite author, after all?

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Tim’s Publications:

'Hangover Music', 2018, published by Ginninderra Press.
Some of his recent zines include: 'Skippy vs the Drop Bear', 'Ramblings', and 'Thing' (all 2019).

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