Sue Lobo is the author of two books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. She has also participated in eight poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. Sue just authored her newest book The Last Dance with the publishing group Creative Talents Unleashed. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Author Sue Lobo.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Sue, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Sue: It’s my pleasure.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Sue: I was born in England & raised in colonial Botswana (then Bechuanaland), in Africa where I lived closely with African & Bushmen women. I realized early on that women were the backbone of Africa. Later on I lived in South Africa during the cruel apartheid era & again witnessed the strength of women in the face of adversity. I am the author of two books of my experiences, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life & “Lollipops of Dust”,my autobiography,of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. I have also participated in nine poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & have won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. I am married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently live in Spain.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Sue: I have always loved books & stories & living in Africa would sit for hours around a fire listening to the Bushmen telling me their old tales. When I was in my 50´s I studied with the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids (OBOD) for four years to get back to my Welsh roots & learning all about the ancients ways of story-telling. After becoming an initiated Druidess, I wrote my autobiography called “Lollipos of Dust”, about an African childhood in the Colonial era of Africa, long before tourism when wild was really wild & I did it to leave my story for my sons so they would know my background & an Africa that today does not exist, an Africa of magic, witchdoctors, wild animals, no running water, electricity, shops or even neighbours & that solitude in the bush taught me to listen & observe.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Sue: I write to survive all of life´s disappointments & to revel in its joys & beauty. I communicate with other people simply what they want to see. I do have a dark side to my writing & death is a theme I am interested in, but not in the Halloween sense, nor the macabre, but as a journey back home. Much of my work has been used in hospices, in funerals, schools & etched on mausoleums in various countries, to give hope to those left behind.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Sue: I dream a lot of my work & always say it comes from my Grandfather who wrote beautifully, but it could come from a dropped word in conversation, an image, song, a face, in fact anything at all. All of life is mere poetry.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Sue: The writing is the easiest part & I think the publisher has the hardest job in the whole process, but having said that, the marketing is the most difficult part for me & I have to grit my teeth to do it because I am a total recluse, but it has to be done so as not to let everyone involved down.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Sue: The actual writing of it, the flowing of words.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Sue: I think we learn something new about ourselves every day, but as this book is about death, it made me realize that death is nothing to fear, it is merely the journey back to our original home from where we all came.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Sue: To speak what you feel as a writer, never to insult, never to hurt & always remember that your views may not be those of others, they may not be the right ones, nor the wrong ones, but they are what you feel, yet you are not the only one on this earth, just try to speak truthfully & always with respect.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Sue: I would love to publish a book on animal poetry & generate the royalties from that book to the “Save The Rhino Trust” in Africa, because they are living in a battle ground out there with poachers cutting out their horns, even while they are still alive, & it would be to give something back to that Continent who gave me my childhood. Other than that, I don´t have ambitions more than to just “BE” in the moment, I have loved & been loved, borne sons, traveled, written books & planted trees. I am now an old woman & I just pray I do not lose the inspiration to write, but simply for my own pleasure.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Sue: There are so many, but to mention a few, I love Dylan Thomas, Omar Khayyam, & absolutely love John O’ Donohue, who´s quote “Memory is where our vanished days secretly gather”, really hits my soul.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Sue: Write for yourself first & foremost & never be afraid to write what you want, how you want or where you want, break rules if need be, pioneers always have, always do & always will, be a pioneer.
A poem from her book “The Last Dance”
Slipping through the lost mists of time,
No-man´s-land, not here nor there,
Tripping through dew-kissed herbs; cold feet bare,
Delicately brushing sweet lavender, sage & thyme.
Serenading bats, cobwebs kiss,
The sweet moths whisper, & the raven beckons,
My long-lived life over in seconds,
The serpent weaves a farewell hiss.
The forest bows, the lake calls,
Weightless I move through time´s veil,
Drifting between worlds, soft & pale,
Passing through life´s restricting walls.
Farewell sweet earth & to all I know,
I´m grateful for your love & the lessons taught,
For the gentle things & the battles fought,
But I must return home now, it´s time to go,
© Sue Lobo
Preface . . .
This book is poetry about death, which is about life, the eternal circle, never to be broken. Life and death are the two equalizing factors that unite us as living beings, regardless of whatever else happens to us on our journey upon earth.
“I was born, I died, I was born again, the circle continues.”
I gave you life with my breath,
And you, through my breath
Shall live, within your death.
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