(Trial for Guest Interviews. This from site owner/editor Tony French)
What first attracted you to poetry?
It was probably the shelves of ancient books in my childhood home – I still have some of them – Everyman’s Library The Longer Poems of William Wordsworth. Heavy stuff! But I suppose I had to do something on cold nights. And I distinctly remember the resentment I felt when my junior school’s Head insisted we chose a poem to learn. I browsed for ages at home and didn’t come up with The Highwayman which nearly everyone else did. For our collective lack of imagination we were all made to write that one in full as a punishment – including me, despite my very rational protests. As you see, I still rail at that!