Matthew Barton

Matthew Barton

Matthew is a writer and poet, whose work is often dark, poignant, humorous and at times, quite silly. He currently lives in Coventry, England, where he, and a few other close friends and fellow talents, produce the literary magazine 'Here Comes Everyone'.


Matthew Barton in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1998 Ludlow

What do you love about short stories?

It is harder and harder to find the time to read a full novel, and short stories have to be crafted expertly. Every word must be placed intentionally, with semantic meaning, like a Harold Pinter piece, as each word is precious. We see all too often that anyone can write a novel if they have the resources, but a well-crafted short story? It's clear the artist has told you exactly what they need to, nothing superfluous, no filler, you are simply dropped into a world and yanked out again just as quickly, leaving you drenched in wonder and intrigue.

Do you write in other forms?

I am writing a Novel, and regular write and perform poetry.

What distracts you from writing?

I find myself drawn to graphic design and digital art, including but limited to video game design, novel artwork, children's drawings and sculpture.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I travel somewhere new every year, although I find my writing comes from hardship, so I enjoy throwing myself into ridiculous situations I'm out of my depth in to fuel my creative process.

What is your favourite book?

It's a tie between Talking Heads (Alan Bennett), Master and Margarita (Mikael Bulgakov)

Who are your favourite writers?

A tie between Jon Mcgregor, Alan Bennett and Shakespeare, In second place comes Mitch Albom, Samuel Beckett and Harper Lee and In third place is my guilty pleasures, R.L.Stein, Darren Shan and my friend Raef Boylan

Where is your dream location?

Either the East Coast of the the USA (L.A.) or the West Coast (N.Y., Florida) or maybe Dublin, Irela

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Cheap toilet paper, if there's anything worth spending a little more on, it's that.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Keep reading, keep writing, don't be upset by publisher rejection letters, wear them like badges to show how hard you've worked. When you do get published, look back on them and smile, knowing how far you've come.

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