I was born in Sussex, England
in 1950. At the age of eight, I was sent to the British Seamens Boys Home at
Brixham in South Devon, where I remained until I left school in 1966. This was a home for
the sons of British sailors, where boys in difficult circumstances were offered a safe
haven. It was run along military lines, but enabled boys to receive a normal education in
I was fortunate enough to gain admission to Homelands Technical High School in nearby
Torquay. I found that English was the subject I enjoyed the most, and I will always be
grateful to have been tutored by some very dedicated teachers during my five years at
When I left Brixham, I trained to become a diesel engine fuel injection specialist, a
trade which I still continue today here in New Zealand, the country to which I emigrated
in 1991. I like to think of myself as unpretentious, and consider myself to be just
another ordinary working man.
I also like to think I am open-minded and fair. I have an intense dislike of all
cruelty, especially to children and animals, and find that I become increasingly depressed
by mans inhumanity to his fellow man, as depicted daily on television news.
My interests, apart from reading and writing, are quite varied, and are very time
dependant. I like to spend as much time as possible with my family. My son Ryan, is now
aged 14 and I love to play soccer with him and his friends, when I can drag him away
from his Nintendo games. I enjoy a game of chess and take a keen interest in sport motorsport
Computers are a more recent and compelling interest for me, and I am largely self-taught.
Working on the theory that the best way to learn is by your mistakes, I must surely be
approaching expert status by now.
Writing poetry is also a relatively new experience for me, and I find it is something that
I really enjoy. I feel it is a unique way of communicating with people of like-minded
spirit. It is an opportunity for expression of thought and feeling within the framework of
the writers own choosing.
It allows the reader freedom to empathize or criticize, in much the same way as an art
lover would study an artists canvas. In many ways, I think a poem is similar to a
painting. Unlike a novel, it usually takes only minutes to read, yet the impressions
conveyed can linger in the memory like a vision.
I admire the styles of Byron and Kipling, and feel very honoured to be selected for
publication amongst such distinguished company here on Webstatic.
If you enjoy reading my work, you may order my first
published collection in paperback.
here for details.
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