I was a youth and community officer from 1972 to 2007, then retired. I took up poetry in 1994 and was inducted on to the then Writers' Register in 2001. I have been published as a poet throughout the UK and beyond over many years, and have performed my poetry in many venues across Scotland.
My recent published poetry has been in Scots (Lallans magazine) with a novel written and published with the help of Create Space - Of Love and Sanity, based on the real life of a Chindit in Burma in WW2.
From 2009 to 2015 I was organising secretary of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust. We campaigned for the necessary money to raise modern memorials to the disaster victims. In recognition of my contribution, my poetry was engraved on the memorials alongside the victims' names.
What I enjoy most in my writing is taking young people in schools for poetry sessions, either senior primary level or high school. My career as a community education worker has gifted me with good skills for working with young people and adults.
(Works in Scots)