A relative newcomer to poetry, I have had a few poems published, and regularly read at poetry events in the wonderful poetry community centred on Cheltenham. Apart from creating song lyrics, I had little interest in writing poetry until my wife, Marilyn, won a prize in Buzzwords’ annual poetry contest. So Marilyn started dragging me, not exactly kicking and screaming, along to one of Buzzwords’ monthly poetry sessions. I was hooked — by the workshop, the accomplished visiting poets, and the quality open mic. Soon, I followed Marilyn to Cheltenham Poetry Society and Cheltenham Poetry Festival. In what now seems a flash, I became a contributing poet and one of the management team as box office manager.