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Why write poetry, Poet?
I find it a very attractive and pleasurable means of expressing myself. Every creative person has a vehicle for their creativity and mine just happens to be poetry. My interest in Scotland's history and the Scottish way of life, especially past myths and legends helps to fuel this creativity and encourages me to research further into ' The wye it used tae be'.
How did you get started writing poetry?
An advert in a local newspaper, requesting work from new poets drew my attention to the fact, that having taken early retirement from 27 years of nursing in Aberdeen, I had been unknowingly searching for something to fill this gap. I became very intrigued with the idea and prepared a small piece of work for publication. It was accepted and I have never looked back.
I took a course in 'The Art of Writing Poetry' via The Writer's College, and to date I have been involved in several anthologies and magazines. I became a member of The Aberdeen Burn's Society and an occasional participant in 'The Dead Good Poets Society'.
Who were your influences?
While attending college to take higher English for the main purpose of improving my wordsmith abilities, I came across one of Ted Hughes poems 'Work and Play'.
The strong visual imagery which this poem displayed, showed me how words can be used in a vibrant and energetic manner, and how with a lot of imagination, one could paint a vivid picture of the world around them and bring to life a refreshed image of years gone by.
I will never achieve Hughes' superb quality of the written word, but I will always be grateful for the deep passion he transferred into his manuscripts, and how this passion has kept me writing for many years.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Brittonic was the first recognisable language used in Scotland. It is strongly related to Welsh and was spoken by the Britons around the Strathclyde area of Scotland. It is thought that the Picts spoke a very similar language, as can be seen by some of the place names in Brittonic Gaelic found in Fife and the Grampian area in places where the Picts mainly lived.