Philip Salom, ‘Waiting’
Philip says "In Waiting there are people who live in rooming houses, physically or mentally vulnerable, surviving on disability pensions, and living in random groups - usually men, but also women. They’re all waiting for something, in one way or another. These are characters and life encounters that rarely make it into novels.
I’ve wanted to write about them but never found a way in poetry to do them justice. I needed a style that was empathetic and yet mischievous, even comic in exaggeration. Irish writers like Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien can achieve this so I began with them in mind, and because I wanted to share a third-person narrative seamlessly with my characters, the writing is in a free indirect style. With so much raw language and uncensored attitude this might make a virtual Virginia Woolf shudder to read it, but Waiting owes a lot to her. The narrative is deliberately non-judgmental, and also of the moment. It's about rough diamonds, not neat dramas."