I’ve been writing poems since I was 15. The style, themes and success rate have varied over the years. I don’t have any formal education in poetry, prose or writing but I know what I like. Writing has been my creative outlet and a method of getting a grip on all the things I’ve seen and experienced.
I grew up in the North East of England but have moved around and spent a long time in Oxford and London and 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. A friend encouraged me to share my words online back in 2005 and, in doing so, opened me up to the world of other people’s amateur poetry. 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 am currently editing my first collection of poetry spanning 2003 – 2018 (tentatively titled ‘The Ship-wrecker’s Lamp’) and hope to publish in late 2019 / early 2020.