I was introduced to poetry via School Poetry Reading Competitions. I then started translating verse both out of, and into, Greek and Latin. At University my major dissertation was on Horace. Apart from the Classics, my reading was limited to the usuals, Tennyson, Keats, Plath etc. I was only encouraged to write my own poetry at Dukes Priory Psychiatric Hospital, where I spent 15 months. I have written verse regularly since and try to explore new styles. My natural style tends to be intense and emotional, but I can lighten up.... honest! I have had 2 books published - sadly, not on poetry yet.