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Job Profile: Life as a poet
Sinead
Sinead Morrissey works as a poet

What's it like to be a zookeeper? Or a poet? The BBC went on the road to find out. In this online series, Daniel Preysman looks at four jobs, from the quirky to the extraordinary. Today, part three looks at what it's like to work as a poet.

Name: Sinead Morrissey

Hometown: Portadown

Occupation: Poet

How's the pay?
As a poet, it's rubbish, but you don't do it because you want to make money it.

How are the hours?
The hours are entirely self-determined.

Where do you spend most of the day?
In my office at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

Best part of the job?
Well, it's a reason for living. There are more, but it's one of them.

Worst part of the job?
Self-doubt. Doubt that what you've written is good. Doubt that if what you've written is good, that you'll be able to do it again. And doubt that if you do it again that you'll be able to do something different.

Tomorrow, we conclude our series looking at what it's like to work in a Belfast city centre bar, as a drag queen.






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