I was born in Bolton Lancashire in 1939 and joined the army when I was 17 and retired 25 years later in 1981. I started my military career in the Royal Artillery and transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps in Jan 1962. While in the forces I married a Lincolnshire girl who was in the QARANC and together with our three daughters we settled in the town of Gainsborough. I have always wanted to write and in the year 2000 I attended evening class course in Creative Writing. In 2004 I became the editor of a short story and poetry magazine. I held that title until the magazine closed down in 2009 due to lack of funds. To date I’ve had 73 poems published in various magazines around the world and my book of military anecdotes can be purchased from http://stores.lulu.com/john_silkstone I’ve also co-written five other books which are still awaiting publication. Co-authored two plays one of them commissioned and both performed by Kismet Theatre Company. I collect and publish poems and short stories to publish an annual anthology for a orphanage in Bulgaria. For more information on the anthology please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to see what happens to the money raised, go to http://www.bulgariaorphanagesillistra.com/index.php?option=com_communicator&Itemid=1
RECIPE FOR A POEM Weigh a few words of two or more Add breaking lines to tease Stir in a message or metaphor Plus a rhythm that rhymes with ease Bake with mental expressions galore Then serve with a blending to please.
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HIGH SOCIETY DREAMER (01/04/2012)
Years end (29/03/2012)
Gainsborough's Old Hall (27/03/2012)
INSIDIOUS HUNTER (25/03/2012)
RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT (23/03/2012)
THE MOTHER (22/03/2012)
GRANDMA’S WAR (21/03/2012)
SAM SMALL OF MONOLOGUE FAME (20/03/2012)
WALLACE ON DEATH ROW (19/03/2012)
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