John J Turner Sen.
'The old man of Shaws'
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I grew up in the East End of Glasgow.
I started writing in 1971 while working in the Brompton Heart and Chest Hospital on the Fulham road.
On re-marrying I found myself only doing the odd piece here and there.
For the last three years though I have been throwing myself into writing with a gusto.
Who were your influences?
Feeling that writing in isolation was getting me nowhere, I joined the Larkfield Writing Group.
The help I received has helped me no end.
My spell in London saw a poem of mine published in the church magazine of St. Luke's Church, South Kensington.
In the eighties a couple of my lost poems were read on Radio Clyde.
Of late I have joined the neighbourhood writers and apart from my entries on your excellent web site have been published in a few anthologies produced by the writing groups.
A friend also has made me a small booklet using desktop publishing.
So impressed was I that at the moment I myself am trying my own hand and proof reading some verse and some poems.
The two authors who have had the biggest effect on me are Robert W Service and Rudyard Kipling.
As I write my verses I am unconscious of influences, but in the last few years, as I have been avidly reading anthologies and rediscovered old favourites,
these convince me that in my own way I am doing okay and that at least some of the work I do is worthy of all those wonderful writers -
from Stevenson and Burns to McCaig and Morgan.
Examples of poetry.
- Another Sad Song
- Did You See Him
- First Blood
- In Days Lang Syne
- Let Us Take A Walk
- Payback London
- Remember Me
- The Ballad of Janey McQueen
- The Patriot
- The Question
- Wars End
- Welcome Home Ally
Who are the Scots?
Niel Gow (1727 - 1807) Son of a Perthshire Weaver, he was a fine fiddler who was regarded as the father of Strathspey and Reel music. He was a composer of many popular traditional tunes.