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?
William Topaz McGonagall
(1830 - 1902)
Although he was born in Edinburgh, he lived most of his life in Dundee. Considered to be 'The World's Worst Poet' for his compositions such as 'The Tay Bridge Disaster'.