How did you get started writing poetry?
My writing started as journaling. Soon it evolved into shorter stand alone pieces. Some will never be read by anyone and others I share. I find nature and the seasons of particular interest. It’s a way of recording an experience or memory.
Recently I started writing childrens’ poems and I look forward to doing more.
Who were your influences?
I have always read both poetry and literature. Lewis Grassic Gibbon is my favourite author, Meg Henderson's "The Holy City " a close second.
The poets I read are:- Robert Burns, Louis McNeice, Emily Dickinson, Anne Weems, Jackie Kay and Carol Anne Duffy.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Nicola Benedetti (1987 - ) born in Ayrshire. Violinist. At the age of 8, she led the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland. At 10, she left her Scottish home to train at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. At 16, she became BBC young musician of the year in May, 2004.