Introducing Bevan Boggenpoel
Mr. Bevan Boggenpoel was born in Salt Lake, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He attended Soutpan Primary and matriculated at Westville Secondary School. He completed a Baccalaureate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He launched his debut Anthology 1 December 2016. The book was well received by the public and he sold 230 copies locally. He is also an author at a South African website known as Litnet (Literature Network in South Africa). His poetry is written in a South African context that covers different issues in daily life. In his writings he strives to tell a story or teach a lesson that will inspire and motivate those who comes in contact with his writings. He is currently a teacher at Bethelsdorp Road Primary in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth.
Interview – Book: Confessions In Ink
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Bevan, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Bevan: It is indeed a great honour and privilege to be granted an interview with such a reputable Publishing House.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Bevan: My name is Bevan Boggenpoel and I am a South African. I currently live in Arcadia in Port Elizabeth. I studied towards my Baccalaureate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. I am currently a primary school educator and enjoys writing poetry whenever I get the chance. I am married with 3 children.
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.
Bevan: I always loved writing from a very young age. In grade 7 I wrote a composition that impressed my Language teacher so much he actually encouraged me to continue writing. He fuelled my love for writing so much that it is still burning like a hot coal deep in my soul. Later at University we had to write a poem as a group as part of an activity. I ended up writing the entire poem and still today that’s the only poem missing in my poetry collection. Why? Because the lecturer loved it so much she decided to keep it. I did not have a copy. Their reactions towards my writing made me realize I had the ability to write amazing content.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Bevan: Firstly I write because there is so many stories to be told and so many untold stories that must get out there. Secondly I write because I am passionate about it and in every experience and in my daily encounters with people there is a story hidden that’s worth gold. It must just be mined. I mine it through the written word. Thirdly I strive to teach a lesson in my poems or tell a story that ordinary people can relate to.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Bevan: My daily encounters and experiences inspires me to write. Peoples challenges, circumstances, problems, dreams, goals, successes and failures influences my writing urges. At the end of the day my love for writing is the greatest inspiration that drives me to put ink to paper.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Bevan: The hardest thing about writing my book has always been my doubting the quality of my work. I always had this sense of fear that my work is not worthy of ever making it to the pages of any book. My doubts and fears has now been laid to rest. Another frustrating endeavour is choosing the perfect cover for your book that will compliment the content just fine. This can sometimes be a painful process.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Bevan: The easiest thing really was writing the poems. Writing poetry just comes so naturally it is a painless process. When inspiration bites you there is no stopping the ink from dripping.
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?
Bevan: The thing I got to learn about myself is that even though we have such a rich and interesting history I still don’t know half of it. Its like its locked away behind closed doors and it needs to be unlocked. Writing is the key to unlock the secrets of a long, bloody and interesting past. There are still so many stories out there waiting anxiously to be told.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Bevan: The role of a writer according to my opinion is to tell the story truthfully and honestly irrespective of the dangers that might accompany it or the ugly truths it might reveal. In my writing I always strive to tell a story or teach a lesson that will inspire and motivate others positively. Sometimes a writer must rip the flesh of the bone and expose the dark and shady secrets that been hidden just out of sight.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Bevan: Phew! that’s a long way to think ahead. I would love to sustain my writing skills and see myself publish more books of my own and collaborations with many other writers. In five years time I just really want to be an active agent in the positive changes that must take place in our society and the world out there.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Bevan: I don’t really have a specific poet that I admire the most. There is quite a number of poets who’s work I appreciate. Robert Frost is one of those poets whom I really appreciate. The quote that I like the most is the following: “The pen is mightier than the sword” that was used by English Author Edward Bulwer- Lytton in 1839. It means that writing is more effective than military power or violence.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Bevan: The advice that I would give any aspiring writer is the advice that I was once given by a published writer. That would be to write as much as you could and read other writers/poets work as often as you could. This will release your own creative writing skills and ink.
Excerpt from the book: Confessions In Ink
Jotted down in ink
I’m confessing what I think
I’m making my feelings known
like exposing skeleton bone.
I’m letting it out of the closet
I’m taking it out of my pocket
I’m setting myself free
from mountains of secrecy.
I’m refusing to be consumed
by lies that have ruined
so many lives along my path
I’m shaking out my heart
I’m setting my mind at ease
ridding myself of this disease.
Undisclosed information that I’ve stored
can no longer be adored
I’m letting it all out
confessions are what I am about
Jotted down in ink
I’m confessing what I think.
© Bevan Boggenpoel
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