More about the Poet

I am, among other things, a Poet. I dictated my first poem at the precocious age of 3, and then bent to the task of learning how better to read and write, and waited until I was 8 before producing my next poem. After another lull, as often happens, poetry snuck up on me during early adolescence and has never since deserted me despite the ensuing decades! Many things influence my writing; love, nature, war, society, religion and dreams.

My favourite poets are Brian Patten, Rod McKuen, Roger McGough, Spike Milligan, Rochester, John Masefield and Liz Lochhead. I have been reading avidly since the age of 3, and I love books. I studied English to an advanced level at secondary school, but chose to pursue a paramedical career. While studying for my finals as a physiotherapist, I began Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern and, despite a burgeoning addiction for fantasy, I still managed to graduate with distinction! I'm a self-confessed Biblioholic; my favourite authors are Charles de Lint, Guy Gavriel Kay (who also is a poet), Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Katharine Kerr and Raymond Feist. For a change of worlds: Tom Clancy, John Grisham and Rosamund Pilcher; and for a change in time: Pamela Belle, Sharon Penman and Edward Ruthurford! I also enjoy reading history and natural history books, and my Irish and Scottish connections stimulate a genuine desire to know more about Celtic culture, and ancient British, Irish and Spanish history; I love to visit places steeped in history. I have an active interest in alternative therapies, particularly acupuncture, reflexology and homeopathy. When I'm not reading, reviewing or surfing the net, I'm a film fan, as happy to watch 'Harvey' as 'Predator' and 'The Mummy' as 'While You Were Sleeping'! My music tastes are similarly eclectic: jazz, swing, blues, classical, rock, folk, pop.... it just depends on my mood. Perhaps I should warn you that I have been known to sing - mainly Irish and Scottish popular folk songs!

I also enjoy a different aspect of creativity working with 'Gallery Glass' paint, and have decorated many windows, mirrors, lampshades, candle holders, photo-frames and other plain glass, perspex or plastic ornaments in a variety of colours and designs. The suncatchers can be made to self-adhere directly to glass, which has proved a popular gift out in Spain, preventing people accidentally walking into unexpectedly closed patio doors! I'm always on the lookout for new patterns and challenges in this artistic field.

For those to whom such details matter; I was born in 1965, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While a child, I moved to Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland – the birth place of Scotland’s Poet, Robert Burns. I moved from Scotland after qualifying, and worked in Cornwall as a Physiotherapist until I changed direction, qualifying as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and emigrating to Andalucía, in sunny southern Spain.

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