Welcome to Acacia Publications. I am a poet and writer and have just retired from my day job as a psychotherapist.
Why the acacia? For many, many years the giraffe has been my totem animal. The giraffe is the tallest mammal, a New Age symbol for intuition and flexibility. It is a sociable, peaceful animal, though a kick of its leg can shatter a lion’s skull. Giraffes have been roaming the savannahs of Africa for at least a million years. Their long tongues are specially adapted to coil around the thorns of the acacia tree.
My early writing success – for fiction and non-fiction – was in the late 80’s when a poem gained a Certificate of Merit in a competition and I was paid £250 for a winning essay. Then I didn’t write for a long period – I survived like that giraffe. In recent years I’ve attended workshops with a range of poets through the Poetry School, The Poetry Business, the Almassera Vella, and Ty Newydd. I learned a great deal from giving and getting feedback, and reading widely. My poems have been broadcast, as well as published in magazines and anthologies. A number have been shortlisted, commended and placed in competitions. My debut collection Another life was published by Oversteps Books in November 2016.
On this site I will be sharing my own poems and work by other poets, and my interests and discoveries through the blog.