Wil Roach

WillPoster1cj SMy father (a Trinidadian through and through) had a selection of cryptic sayings; a favourite of mine is ‘never trust a shadow after dark!’ It has a certain ring to it, but could be applied to any situation requiring a considered view. For me writing is like breathing, inhaling dirty and exhaling clean air removing darkness and confusion; anything that obstructs the airway of my creativity is fatal to the written or spoken word. I enjoy using the spoken word in poetry and prose through performance to enlighten and provide a fresh set of eyes to the subject being addressed. For me to perform is about connecting with a small part of every audience members’ soul. It will always be an unimaginable privilege for instance to read Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise at the birthday party of 102 year-old friend in 2016. To share Year at Sea, a 40-minute memoir performance piece, before an estimated audience of 50 people at Poets Corner, North Sydney, November 2017. There was the first time I and other poets collaborated with other seasoned First Nations Poets in reading a themed poem Give Me Back My Mother’s Heart at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, May 2015 and reprising it at Barangaroo, September 2015. Lastly (for now) finishing the first manuscript of my three-part memoir trilogy, finishing it and pressing the send button to my editor for her to cast her seasoned eye over it, with no doubt many edits to follow! The art and practice of writing is with me in my sleep and when I hear the dawn chorus, loving and caring for it unconditionally.