I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, high school, and graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few New Zealand high schools on and off from 1969 till 2006. I travelled to England and France in the early 1970s. I lived and taught English in Grenoble for a couple of years. Here, I spoke French most of the time, but also had time to buy and read many French novels in paperback. The novelist, Stendhal, was from Grenoble and lived there most of his life. I first read Stendhqal's novel, 'Le Rouge et le Noir' ('The Scarlet and the Black') in Grenoble. I rate this novel highly.
On return to New Zealand I had two poems accepted by Literary Arts Press, Los Angeles. After that, I did not write any more for years. poems. I went teaching in the South Island, and a few North Island towns.
I lived for twenty-four years in West Auckland, 1992-2016. There I had experience of teaching English to adult students in language schools. I lived alone, still do.
In 2011, I did a computer course at New Lynn library, and started typing my own poems.
In 2016 I moved back to Wanganui where, surprisingly, my writing seemed to improve.
My main leisure interest is reading, library books and others that I buy. I prefer nonfiction and poetry anthologies. Without reading, I don't think I could have progressed as a writer. I watch DVDs, and sometimes I can base a poem on them. I like pop music DVDs also.
I have had a lifelong interest in physical fitness. In New Lynn I joined a gym, where I got a lot from the treadmill, the exercycle, with some weight training on machines. I wrote a poem about this. Going for a long walk can clarify my thoughts and give me ideas for writing.
I know, or I think I know, where I was born.
New Plymouth, a city with two sprawling cemeteries,
where I found my grandparents' gravestones at last,
but they were covered in gray lichen and moss.
I can see your boarding house now,
A spacious, two-storied bungalow
That overlooked the blue-water harbour.
Your rambling house had good prospects.
Peter Snell was an unknown athlete
when he won the 800 metres gold medal
at the 1960 Rome Olympics, lunging at the tape
to just shade Roger Moens on the line.
I played goalkeeper.
I coached high school soccer teams:
I lost interest.