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29 Jun 2011

Rick Bywater

My name is Rick and I was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

For me, writing poetry happened by happy accident. Many years ago I was asked to try my hand at writing a poem on occasion of a friend's birthday. Having never tried writing poetry before, I was quite shocked to find how enjoyable it was and even more shocked when people actually liked it!
From that experience I was bitten by the bug and have been writing ever since.

I had my first book 42 Poems for Kids... and Big Kids published through Forward Press in 2010. Since then, I've also entered several competitions with Forward Press and now have four different poems published in four different books. I am also currently working on my second book of poetry.

The poems I write are usually humorous and nonsense verse, much in the same style as Spike Milligan and John Lennon's In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. But I do turn my hand to more serious and grounded poetry too, writing verse for various family members, friends and occasions.

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