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I was born in 1922 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Served in the RAF from 1940 – 48, after which I trained as a teacher. I taught in several different types of school until my retirement, on which I was free to 'centre down' on writing and translating poems from the Russian and other European languages, into English.
I put a selection of poems by Maya Borisova and Galina Gamper into an English translation, and had these published. I also pioneered a group called Tyneside Poets, who wrote, read, performed their work at home and abroad in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria and elsewhere; and had visiting poets from these countries over to Newcastle, to give public readings for many years.
My own poems came out in small magazines and published books also over recent years. I am married to Sheila, an artist and violinist, and have two daughters.
As chairman of Tyneside Poets I hold Writers' Workshops, in the Old George Pub, Cloth market, Newcastle upon Tyne. We hold these meeting on the second and last Tuesdays at 7.30pm, each month in the year in which we learn about European and world literature.
My main interests are: History, Philosophy, politics and religion.
I have published many poetry books over the years, namely, to mention a few - THE SECRET RIVER, THE RAG DOLL PEOPLE, VERITAS, MIRRORS OF LIGHT, WATERED GARDEN, REEDS AND REFLECTIONS, ADJUSTMENTS, THE ANGRY DUST, REALITY SANDWICH, WATER AND SHADOW.
And BLETHORSKITES (poems in Geordie dialect)
And compiled two anthologies: THE GOLDEN GIRL and ST MARY'S LIGHTHOUSE.