I was lucky enough to grow up at a time when poetry was popular and fairly mainstream. The Mersey Poets like Roger McGough and Adrian Henri could be seen at Clubs and Institutes across the North - and even on Primetime Granada TV occasionally!

My early reading was William Blake, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas. At the meeting point between poetry and music at that time were the all-time greats of Leonard Cohen and my favourite, Bob Dylan.


By the time I was 17 in 1968-9, I had done quite a bit of writing and eventually one or two poems were starting to work. They tend to be gritty social observations.