I started writing poetry years ago, infused to write by reading the lyrics of Noel Gallagher. His words from some of his lesser well-known songs struck a chord with me.
There was hope, despair, longing, dreams, sadness and love. I had never thought about poetry or writing at that point in my life. Poetry did something, brought a light to my mind.
For many years I wrote rhymed poems, and never ventured much from my comfort zone. Then one December day in 2014 I applied for a Ty Newydd course with Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley in April 2015.
Much to my amazement I got on the course and learnt so much I couldn't take it all in.
After the love of that week, and finally getting to understand what poetry is, and even seeing that I wasn't bad at it I made a more challenging effort to improve and build a dream.
I was thankful to go again in May 2016 and since then have learnt more things about poetry. This time Carol Ann Duffy was on the course, and her words, wisdom, voice gave me fields to plough for the rest of the year.
Today I am a postgraduate student at Manchester Met. I am currently working towards an MFA in Poetry. It has been a great experience so far and I hope to achieve my ultimate goal at the end of the three years.....
My travels in the Poetry Community is increasing every year. More poets come into my life. I believe it is the best community in the world. You can have every pigmentation of the skin, every religion, every sexual orientation, every football fan, every age group all in one room. And everyone is happy.
It's an amazing world. I am thankful for finding it. Please don't sit back and stay outside the sphere of poetry. It's a world worth joining.
My acknowledgements to the following for helping me achieve my first collection. Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley for lighting the fuse at Ty Newydd. They have been fantastic support and wonderful voices to go to. I would be lost without them.
At times the poetry community have been great, Audrey Adern-Jones, Jess Mookherjee, Sue Burge, Helen Kay, Lynne Caddick, Pat Edwards, Ness Owen, Miriam Darlington, Carolyn Martin, David Chorlton, Alice Harrison with their kind words and reading of my work.
Then others for allowing me to read at open mics, Carol Caffrey, Liz Lefroy, Ian Malcolm Parr, Jean Atkin.
Then a huge warm hand to Robert Harper and the Shrewsbury Stanza group who have fantastic voices nurturing your own voice. I have improved so much since joining.
Without the above I would not have been published as frequently or have a book out. I owe them all.