Poetry and Story Telling had always been a favourite subject of mine at school, and I returned to writing when I became ill over ten years ago, it has helped me a lot to keep my brain busy when I am able.
I heard about www.poemhunter.com from a fellow writer and began placing poems on their site. Now there are several hundreds posted, they get very well read and give me a good source of constuctive feedback on my work.
I have published poems and short stories in several magazines and anthologies over the years and have recently agreed to publish a piece for ESA in a New Zealand teaching text book for schools, on the understanding that because they are printing for profit they will make a donation on my behalf to our local Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
I often get requests by schools and pupils to use certain poems for their course work. I like to give permission where possible to individuals but they must always declare the source of the poem they use and it must not be used for profit.
Over the years I have been invited to supply Christmas/Easter and Jubilee celebration poetry for Hull Kingstown Radio Station, they tranmit to the wards in Hull and Liverpool Hospitals for their patients pleasure. These were very well recieved.
A selection of my works have been published by invitation in the following books:
Body and Soul, Whispers on the Breeze , A Sense of Place , Poetry in Motion, The Funny Thing, Book of Dreams, A Poem for Christmas, Here and Now, Life Begins At, Uplifting Moments, Seeds of Inspiration, A Royal Day, Deep Secrets, In The Minds Eye, Home Sweet Home, Pastures New, 2012 Poetry Diary, 2013 Poetry Diary, Poets of the Year 2010, Poets of the Year 2011, with more to come
I have published one small book of my own with United press Ltd called Ramblings Riddles and Rhymes. A number of copies were printed by the company who included my works in their anthologies as a thankyou. These were donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe to help boost funds for a very, very worthwhile cause.
Rights are always retained to my work and I am free to publish any piece wherever I Wish. Publishers are always welcome to contact me providing they are not vanity publishers.