Writing my way back to creativity

This isn’t a post about web design but stick with me. Last year I wrote about kick starting creativity during difficult times and how I lost my creative spark after a period of intense personal loss.

Photo by me!

Resting up and trying other creative pursuits such as photography, art and creative writing gradually helped me to rekindle my creativity.

Of all these activities it was writing that seemed to help the most. I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since my school days and for as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the power of language and words.

Over the last five years I built up a small stockpile of poems that followed a loose theme of love, loss and family life. During the first lockdown I found myself writing more and more so I decided to compile them all into a small collection.

I’m really happy to introduce my first book of poetry - Terraces & Temples.

My inspirations

Inspiration for the book came from my parents who I lost last year. The countryside and canal towpaths of my home town also played their part in influencing the natural themes in the book.

During the course of my life I’ve been inspired by poets such as Roger McGough, Sir John Betjeman and RS Thomas and by the lyrics of Lennon and McCartney and Gilbert O’ Sullivan.

Putting Terraces & Temples together has been a fascinating journey and a real insight into the process of publishing a book. Happily it’s selling well and I’ve had some great feedback from the people who’ve read it.

So if you feel like you’re struggling creatively try experimenting with something new and more importantly have some fun. You never know what might come out of it!

Terraces & Temples is available to buy from jrpoet.co.uk and from Amazon.