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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