I am re-defining who I am. In the past, I was a scientist. As a student I was the ‘arty farty scientist’. It would now appear I am a photographer and a poet.I began writing in 2010, when I found myself unable to work full-time due a chronic illness. I was determined to give myself mental challenges, and get myself out of my comfort zone in new ways. I would never have thought that I would be writing poetry, but it’s happened and I’ve won awards.
I have never liked to sit still, or be unoccupied. However, the reality of the current situation is that I need to rest more, so I do the halfway house – my body is resting, but my mind will be flying around searching for ideas, words, different ways of saying. I am trying to learn to make my poetry ‘show, not tell’ …after all, that’s what a photograph does. But I’m finding it quite a challenge to do it with words..