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Samuel Davis

We talk to London based writer Samuel Davis

Samuel Davis is a writer living and experiencing things in London, England. Previously working as a hairdresser, Samuel has put down the scissor so he can fully concentrate on holding the pen. His poetry is personal, raw, and alive, a product of an individual who is in turn a product of his environment: grey skies matching the paving slabs beneath your feet, looming apartment buildings and homes fit for heroes, a cup of tea growing cold in an empty kitchen. Yet there is beauty in streets of London, and beauty in Samuel’s poetry too.

AWEH sat down with the writer to discuss his career change, ideas, and influences.

 

AWEH: Who are you?

Samuel: My name is Samuel Davis, I’m twenty one, originally from Dartford, Kent, now living in London.

AWEH: What do you do?

Samuel: I write poetry and other works, I used to cut hair.

AWEH: Why did you stop cutting hair?

Samuel:  After nearly seven years of cutting hair, only four years of which I could actually say I enjoyed I decided to stop “put it on the shelf”. I found it was holding me back from my writing.

AWEH: What draws you to writing? What influences your work?

Samuel: I can’t really define what it is that draws me to writing, it just feels right when I do it, simple as. I guess like most writers, my influence is drawn from personal experience and the urge to write better, do better.

AWEH: What kind of themes are you trying to portray in your work?

Samuel: The bulk of my writing has been the result of my change in career, to choose a certain theme/themes would be difficult. I could however say is that a good part of my writing could be interpreted as a social commentary on how I perceive my surroundings and other parts as residual feelings now regulated into poetry.

AWEH: What's the London poetry/spoken word scene like?

Samuel:  I have only scratched the surface of the London poetry/spoken word scene and I intend to dig deeper, from what I’ve seen its a great platform for people from all over to showcase their work, or for audiences to enjoy. I haven't come across any nights which resemble the beat scene in the ‘50s and for this I’m glad.

AWEH: Tell us about the Dismal Suave zine.

Samuel: Dismal Suave is a zine with a short collection of poetry and some artwork put together by myself, Charley Keen and Alexander McLuckie.

AWEH: How many zines do you