An adopted South Tynesider is sharing his life story through poetry.
David Nelson, who moved to Chichester, South Shields, last year, has spent the past 28 years of his life committing his thoughts and feelings to the page.
Now his collection, Thoughts of a Simple Man, has been published.
The 67-year-old has led an interesting life.
The son of a soldier, he spent the first 17 years of his life travelling the world before going on to become an electrician’s apprentice.
His travels then began again, when the dad-of-one joined a Swiss company as an export salesman and moved to Germany.
The book covers the last 28 years of my life and it started after a bit of a traumatic experience when my ex-wife took my daughter away.David Nelson
But his poetry began during a much darker time in his life.
He said: “The book covers the last 28 years of my life and it started after a bit of a traumatic experience when my ex-wife left with my daughter.
“I was looking through some of my old school reports one day and I found one from when I was eight years old that said my poetry was excellent.
“I couldn’t remember, but I was obviously writing poetry at that time and apparently it was good.
“The first poem in the collection is about my ex leaving with my daughter and since then I’ve had a lot of experiences to write about.”
Next to each of David’s poems is a short explanation about it and why he wrote it.
He said: “I’ve always liked some of the older poets, like Wordsworth, and when I’ve read the poems, I’ve wondered what was going through their heads at the time and why they wrote what they did.
“I thought if I was thinking that, that other people might be as well, so I decided to include an explanation next to each one.”
David’s collection has been published by Onion Custard Publishing.
He added: “It’s very difficult to get anything published if you haven’t got an agent, but my daughter lives in Wales now and she knows a small publisher there and put me in touch.
“They said they really liked the book and wanted to release it. It was incredible seeing it printed, it gave me a real buzz.”
David will be signing copies of his book at the Central Library, in South Shields, on a date yet to be confirmed.
Copies of the book are available to buy from Amazon for £6.99, or a hard copy is available for £9.99. They will be on sale at the signing.
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