The Beech Plantation on the north face of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh
Early influences. Arthur Mee’s remarkable Children’s Encyclopedia, particularly the Astronomy, Poetry, Engineering and the Story and Language sections. Henry Smith’s 1000 questions in General Knowledge. Father’s fondness for quoting from a limited repertoire of poetry and mothers fondness for distorting the language by giving equal stress to compound words (e.g. toothpaste, bridegroom etc). Being read an abridged version of Pilgrim’s Progress in P2. Attending Sunday School in Upton Cheney.
Favourite poets include Browning, Blake, Tennyson, Owen, Hopkins, cummings, William Carlos Williams, Eliot, de la Mare.
Started writing poetry December 1991. Three chronological ‘ collections’ :-
Attended extramural poetry writing courses run by Gerrie Fellows (2002-
1938 Born at Greenway Farm near Westbury-
1940 Moved to Upland Farm in the hamlet of Beach in South Gloucestershire (May 1941)
2005 Retired to Edinburgh