Robbie Kennedy Bennett
Why write poetry, Poet?
Writing my own poetry gives me a focus in life.
I have been writing since about 1990 and it is such a surprise to see my work from that time in print.
I find that I ‘bottle’ a piece of life or a person in a poem and I can recall it, or them at any time.
Also my Scottish roots are inspirational, I return there as often as I can and I also love to be by the coast, it keeps my mind active.
I now work within my hobby of football so writing is a great release for me.
How did you get started writing poetry?
My mom sent a poem I had written in 1991 about my grand parents George and Jane Rowley to a local nostalgic newspaper called the Black Country Bugle.
It went to print and since then I periodically send them other poems.
Who were your influences?
Working class heroes, the honest working man, the dedicated sports person and the gallant soldier etc.
Some of the people that we work alongside throughout our day have the characteristics or personality that can inspire another to put down in words.
What is your favourite poetic verse?
I have no favourite poetic verse but I have a listening ear to story songs, especially a singer-song writer Raymond Froggatt.
Some of his verses are touching.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Earl Haig (1861 - 1928) Field Marshall. Commanded the allied troops on the Western Front during the First World War. Later criticised for conduct of the campaign because of the very high casualty figures at the Battle of the Somme. Founded the Earl Haig Fund for the assistance of disabled ex-servicemen (the poppy appeal).