I learned to read at a very young age. At just four years old I got to grips with sounding out letters to form words and soon I was off, racing down the road of literary adventure as fast as my eyes could move. I quickly improved my reading skills and by the time I was 10 years old I could read anything. I had finished all the children’s books in the local and the school libraries. I moved on to adult books and poetry. I particularly enjoyed poetry and developed a love of it. I liked the way the words flowed and I liked the freedom of expression it provided.

At 12 years old I read the book Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery. The main character, Emily, was a young girl who was fascinated with words and writing. Emily wrote poetry. After reading this book I also started to write poetry. My poetry was full of imagery and descriptions as I wrote about frost, snowflakes [although I had never seen one], flowers and rain. It was very over the top and I chuckle when I think of it now.

My first year of high school introduced me to original Shakespeare and the study of poetry. I was interested in ballads and epics and wrote pages of flowing, rhyming nonsense with ridiculous themes of love and damsels in distress.

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