Poet Profiles

John Meehan

Submitted by John Meehan on Tue, 06/09/2016 - 13:13

I recently moved to Norfolk from Dorset where I had lived for many years although I am from the North West originally.
I have written poetry for a long time but never really wanted to show anyone my work till I went to an open Mic night in Dorset and the comments I received after the event were so
inspirational that I began to write even more and joined a writing group also I continued to do open Mic Nights with Poetry On The Spot.
I recently went to Poetry Aloud where I was made most welcome and was able to read some of my poems.

John Radford

Submitted by John Radford on Thu, 28/07/2016 - 16:17

I am a singer/songwriter, poet, musician and artist. I have written many poems/songs over the years, had some poems published and sung many as songs, either solo or with a band, but it is only now that I have decided to read poems and hopefully reach a different audience.

Derek Adams

Submitted by Derek Adams on Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:00

A newcomer to the Suffolk poetry scene, having moved here in 2013, I started attending Poetry Aloud in September 2014. I was born in London and lived in Essex for 25 years. I had been writing poetry since seeing Roger McGough and Brian Patten perform at a music gig in Walthamstow when I was 15, but it didn't occur to me to show it to anyone until I joined the Southend Poetry group in 1986.

In 1999 I joined a poetry workshop led by Matthew Sweeney and Maurice Riordan at Morley Collage. From 2001 to 2004 I attended the late Michael Donaghy's workshop at City University. 

Thraves Thraveson

Submitted by Joe Thraveson-… on Thu, 22/12/2011 - 18:06

I have always enjoyed reading, writing and listening to poetry, but only got involved with other poets after I had met Irene, my second wife. During that time we went to many poetry readings, and I had wanted to create our own local reading group but we were always too busy, So it wasn't until after she died after moving back to Bury St. Edmunds, that following the format originated by Mike Bannister in Halesworth I created what was then Café Poets in Bury. It has given me great pleasure in seeing the group grow and prosper under the combined efforts of Rob Lock and Colin Whyles.

Sally Warrell

Submitted by Sally Warrell on Tue, 13/12/2011 - 23:32

Iʼve written poetry since adolescence. Finding Poetry Aloud has meant that I have an outlet for my work and connecting with other poets has helped my work to develop. Iʼve been attending meetings since July 2008. Knowing that another meeting is coming up is great for jump starting creativity and getting moving on another poem. I also attended an Arvon course at Lumb bank in 2010 which I would recommend to anyone.

Rod O'Donoghue

Submitted by Rod ODonoghue on Sun, 11/12/2011 - 19:54

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!

Colin Whyles

Submitted by Colin Whyles on Sun, 11/12/2011 - 11:49

I have come to poetry late in life although I have written songs for my own amusement for over 50 years (sounds grand!) and occasionally people have said they were poetic. A friend introduced me to poetry through the Sudbury café poets evening and that prompted me to start abandoning music for some of my scribbling. My main intention is to amuse although I am very happy if something deeper comes along.

Rob Lock

Submitted by Rob Lock on Sun, 11/12/2011 - 11:38

After studying pre-20th century literature at university I felt that I knew what was good, but not what I liked. Then I read Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.  I have now been writing regularly, if not prolifically, for ten years or so. Like others, I try to honour particular moments and relationships by capturing their essence in words that might linger in the mind. So musing is good - and sometimes itʼs nice to amuse. I also have to confess to tinkering too much with finished work, as you will already know if you have read this profile before...