Over the years, I've written poetry now and then and it was actually the first kind of creative writing I ever did while still at secondary school, although it tends to be neglected these days.
As well as several poems published in various magazines, I've been lucky enough to win or been placed in competitions. From traditional rhyming poems such as sonnets and villanelles, to blank verse and the short Japanese Haiku, poetry is an enjoyable creative challenge quite different from fiction and non-fiction.
The poetry anthology, To Dads - with Love, is a charity collection of poems from international writers about dads of all kinds. My poem, Chocolate Box Memories, is in memory of my own Dad who died far too young, before I reached my teens.
The Other Half published in POPSHOT Magazine
Shortlisted in Holland Park Press Competition (twice)
Winner of Writers' Forum Monthly Competition
Regional Winner of Ottakar's/Faber Competition
Winner of Writing Group Competition
Shortlisted in Whitby Dracula Competition
Second in Norfolk Writers Competition
Published in OU Shakespeare Sonnet Competition
Published in The People's Friend
Published in the Wild Musette Journal, Medusa at the Morgue. You can read my poem, Where Kelpies Sing, by clicking on the cover image!
Poem, Light in the Darkness, featured as a reading at the Glasgow Madrigals online Advent Concert in December 2020 - you can hear the whole concert on YouTube!