MEMBER SPOTLIGHT SEPTEMBER- JOHN ELIOT
I came from a family of readers. Books were to be loved. And not that it necessarily mattered the books were of quality. My brother and sister were a few years older than me, so I was introduced to Camus and the War Poets at quite a young age, very early teens.
I realised that I wanted to be a writer when I was nine. A student teacher got my class to produce a newspaper which was displayed along the school corridor. I loved the attention that writing brought. I then produced my own newspaper at home for the family, for quite a few weeks. What a precocious child. I always was creative from then on, art, music (unsuccessfully), poetry, stories, plays...
I wasn't published with a contract until about five years ago. I sent some poems to an American publisher. The editor replied only one fitted the bill for the anthology, but another was so good it should be published. A couple of years after that I contacted Mosaique Press. A contract followed with the promise of further publications. I now have a chapbook, 'Ssh' with them available online and all good bookshops.
John's poetry features in Issue 3 of WA magazine out now
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