Secret Diary of PorterGirl is delighted to welcome poet Kevin Morris, who would like to tell you a little about himself and his work. His latest highly acclaimed anthology has just been released in audio format.
I have long been a fan of Lucy’s writings, avidly following the adventures of Portergirl and Lucy’s wonderful Poirot parodies! I was therefore honoured to be invited to contribute a guest post to Lucy’s blog. Thank you Lucy!
I was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969. The year in question is, of course best known (and celebrated) for my birth, although a few individuals do contend (wholly erroneously I may say) that 1969 is better known for the moon landings!
I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.
I am a braille user and have happy memories of leafing through “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library. (I attended The Royal School for the Blind, followed by Saint Vincent’s School for the Blind, both of which still exist and are located in Liverpool).
I read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory. During my time at Swansea I participated in the student’s sailing club and have pleasant memories of swimming in the sea when the boat capsized!
In 1994 I moved to London where I now live and work.
The first poem I recollect having written was entitled “The Snake” and was banged out (literally) on a Perkins Brailler (a kind of braille typewriter, still in use to this day, for the production of braille. Braille is produced by a series of pins which punch holes into thick paper making letters which can be read by those familiar with the arcane art known as braille)! Fortunately “The Snake” is forever lost to the reading public, I no not where!
I began writing poetry seriously in 2012. Much of my poetry is inspired by the environment. I am lucky enough to live close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).
Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains one of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired I use Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a standard Windows computer or laptop.
Under the once-solid ice sheet
A demon some persist
In maintaining does not exist.
Deep in his throat, he rumbles;
And humanity stumbles
As yet another ice sheet crumbles.
(Taken from “My Old Clock I Wind And Other Poems”).
“My Old Clock” was recently released as an audio download and is available from Audible:
“My Old Clock” can also be obtained (in ebook and paperback) from Moyhill Publishing http://moyhill.com/clock/.
It is also available (ebook only) in the Amazon Kindle store https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0735JBVBG.
You can also find “My Old Clock” on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35445316-my-old-clock-i-wind-and-other-poems.
For details of all my published works please visit https://newauthoronline.com/about/.
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