I’ve been writing poems since I was 15. The style, themes and success rate have all varied over the years. I don’t have any formal education in poetry, prose or writing but I know what I like. Writing is my main creative outlet and a method for getting a grip on all the things I’ve seen and experienced.
I grew up in the North East of England but moved to Oxford (UK) for a long time and then on to London for a many years. I am now settled in Sheffield.
I love reading other writers’ work but I don’t always have a comment to make. I definitely have a style I prefer reading (which isn’t necessarily reflected in my own work). When I find someone who writes in that way, I tend to love everything they do.
Often, I try to put myself in the mind of someone else and write from their perspective, to help me understand what they’re thinking or feeling. At other times, it’s all me.
I don’t claim to be a gifted writer but I am occasionally proud of the words that come out. The online communities of WriteOutLoud, Poemhunter and now these WordPress blogs have been an invaluable source of encouragement, advice, criticism and growth; I value them enormously.
The creative process fascinates me; I’d love to sit down with each person on here and learn about where they get their ideas, what satisfaction they derive from a poem, how they know when one is finished and even what pen/tools they use to write. I want to get better at writing shorter poems but the skill of rationing my words is something I’m still working on.
I like people watching, the sea, animals, psychology, fountain pens, kindness and equality.
I hate pretentiousness, bullshitters and two-facedness.
My first collection of poetry is now available from Amazon in glorious paperback. One of These Years contains 80+ poems across 130 pages. You’ll find many of the poems from this blog along side others not yet found anywhere else.
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Where possible, I’ve tried to use my own images and photographs to accompany the poems however in many cases I’ve sourced them from some of my favourite photography accounts. You can usually click the image to be linked the source and if there’s no link, then it’s my own.
Here are some of my favourite photo collections:
Margaret Durow: https://www.instagram.com/margaretdurow/
Nightwalker Magazine: https://www.instagram.com/nightwalkermagazine/