An Interview with New Poet on the Block Wayne Jermin

Punk Noir Magazine

As of 2020 there has been an influx of talented new poets flooding the indie scene. One such poet is Wayne Jermin who, like his cohorts, mix a Molotov cocktail of noir stylings into their confessional, lyrical poetry. Punk Noir was lucky enough to catch Wayne to get him on board for our interview series!

Can you tell our readers a little bit about how you got started in the Literature scene?

I’m a 36 year old father and husband and grass roots football coach from Swansea, Wales.

I’ve always written. Whether that be poetry, short stories even football match reports at school, I’ve always enjoyed writing. Creating stories and different characters has always been a hobby since I was around 11 when we I got to high school.

Tell us about your recent work?

I have recently had a chapbook published by Alien Buddha Press (thanks Red) called Hang The Sad Pictures. It’s a mixture of dark, personal poems about my struggles with Mental health, depression, suicide mixed with noir.

Describe your writing style in 5 words?

Honest, Devastating, Pure, Emotional, Real

What and/or who are your inspirations?

Music has been a real influence. It’s definitely a passion of mine much like writing and football. I’d have to go to The Beatles, Rolling Stones right uo to Oasis and Stone Roses as musical inspiration.

I’ve started reading at more recently, especially through lockdown so some of my favourite writers and authors are currently churning out some phenomenal work. HLR has definitely been an inspiration. Her chapbook, History of Present Complaint is phenomenal, and it definitely gave me the courage to write my own book about my own struggles. Steve Golds, B.F. Jones, James Lilley, Scott Cummings and Max Thrax are all recent favourites of mine.

What advice would you give to up and coming indie authors?

Advice? Just be honest in your writing. Write for you and not what a magazine or publisher wants you to write about. Be yourself, listen to your own voice and don’t be afraid of rejection. You sometimes learn more about your writing after a rejection.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, I’m still new to the writing community. I’ve only started submitting work through lock down so my plan is to try and get more work out there to different magazines and publishers. I want to explore short stories and hopefully a Novella at some point. That would be biblical.

What is an issue you care about deeply?

Mental Helath. I suffer with anxiety, depression, Bipolar so Mental health is a very close and personal issue for me. It took me too long to reach out for help and seek medical advice. I’ve been in some very dark situations but I’m so happy I’m still hear to write about it.

What novel are you reading now?

I’m reading Steve Golds ‘I’ll Pray When I’m dying’. I was hooked immediately from the cover never mind the first page. It really is a modern day masterpiece.

What music are you listening to now?

I love indie music and 90s britpop. So anything from that genre or era. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds were on in the car this morning but again, I’d go back to the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, absolutely iconic.

What did you last eat?

Bacon Double cheese burger and fries.

If you could go on a drinking binge with 5 writers alive or dead who would you choose?

Definitely the Punk Noir family….. and Liam Gallagher!

Finish this sentence: Fuck_____________________!

Fuck, don’t blame me I wasn’t there, honest!

If you could travel to a time and place in history what would it be?

This is gonna sound fucking sad, but I’d go back to Knebworth to watch Oasis in 1996, Either that or to the scene of the JFK assassination.

What would you like written on your gravestone?

Wayne Jermin – Live forever!

Wayne is 36 years old. A husband and father from Swansea, Wales. He started writing poetry a few years ago to help with his mental health. He’s always enjoyed poetry and writes almost every day. It’s helped him through some dark times and finds writing down those thoughts really helps his state of mind. You can find Wayne and his work on twitter @waynejermin