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Robbie Kennedy Bennett
England


Why write poetry, Poet?

Writing my own poetry gives me a focus in life. I have been writing since about 1990 and it is such a surprise to see my work from that time in print. I find that I ‘bottle’ a piece of life or a person in a poem and I can recall it, or them at any time. Also my Scottish roots are inspirational, I return there as often as I can and I also love to be by the coast, it keeps my mind active. I now work within my hobby of football so writing is a great release for me.

How did you get started writing poetry?

My mom sent a poem I had written in 1991 about my grand parents George and Jane Rowley to a local nostalgic newspaper called the Black Country Bugle. It went to print and since then I periodically send them other poems.

Who were your influences?

Working class heroes, the honest working man, the dedicated sports person and the gallant soldier etc. Some of the people that we work alongside throughout our day have the characteristics or personality that can inspire another to put down in words.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

I have no favourite poetic verse but I have a listening ear to story songs, especially a singer-song writer Raymond Froggatt. Some of his verses are touching.

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Grande Cerveza, Por Favor Señor
     
  2. A Tribute to Nan and Grandad
     
  3. Aberdour Greets Me Kindly
     
  4. Appreciation of Life
     
  5. Brown Tanned Arms
     
  6. Chris Paterson
     
  7. Collessie
     
  8. Dance With Your Daddy
     
  9. Don't Tell Mother I Cried
     
  10. Hampden Park, Bagpipes, Drums and Legends
     
  11. He Danced On Our Graves
     
  12. Her Dad Disapproved
     
  13. I Forgot to Tell You
     
  14. I Should Have Played For Ladybank Violet
     
  15. I Thought a Wee While
     
  16. If The Answer is Walking Tomorrow
     
  17. In Yorkshire's Capital City
     
  18. John Stein
     
  19. Kingskettle Cemetery... Oh! Isabella
     
  20. Lady Devorgilla Bridge
     
  21. McAlister
     
  22. Old Len Muir Was Funny
     
  23. On The Day of All Days Scotland Could Not Be Beat
     
  24. Only a Field in Kincaple, Only a Field in Fife
     
  25. Playing For Scotland
     
  26. Scottish Hearts
  1. Sing For Your Friend, Ben Young
     
  2. Six Loud Scotsmen
     
  3. Smart Tartan Tie
     
  4. Sojourn In St Andrews
     
  5. 'Th' Auld Scottish Staine'
     
  6. Th' Last Time Ah Saw Him
     
  7. The Ancestry Walk
     
  8. The Awesome Power Of Nature
     
  9. The Bonnie Bonnie Sand of St Andrews Bay
     
  10. The Forth Rail Bridge
     
  11. The Kingdom of Fife
     
  12. The Little Ships
     
  13. The New Tomorrow
     
  14. The Piper Held His Head High
     
  15. The Right to Stand Tall
     
  16. The Rothesay Ferry
     
  17. Th' Young Lassie From Kilcaldy
     
  18. They Walked All The Way From Glasgow
     
  19. This Public Bar in Ladybank
     
  20. We Jinked Abit Like Archie Did
     
  21. What is Love?
     
  22. What Do I Really See?
     
  23. When Aaron Came
     
  24. When I Walked To Leven
     
  25. When Your Mother Speaks

Who are the Scots?

Scotland's contribution to society included, James Watt (steam power), William Murdoch (gaslight), James Clerk Maxwell (physics), John Napier (logarithms), Alexander Graham Bell (the telephone), John Boyd Dunlop (pneumatic tyre), John Logie Baird (television), Alexander Fleming (penicillin), Sir James Young Simpson (chloroform), Adam Smith (economics), John Rennie and Thomas Telford (transport constructions), John Loudon Macadam (road construction).





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