My name is Carole and I’m a poet and life-long learner. I’m too lazy to make much effort to have my poems published but several of them have been anthologised by the Forward Press. They are: Boxing Day, 1975, Staring Bright, Hiroshima September 13th 2001 and Unidentified, which was published in 2009. I have had my poem ‘The Absent Mother’ accepted for publication in the Forward Press’s Poetry Rivals 2010. This autumn, I am taking the Open University’s Advanced Creative Writing course.
The name ‘Watermaid’ comes from a poem of that name in a sequence of poems called ‘Labyrinths with Path of Thunder’ by Nigerian poet Christopher Okigbo, who died in the Biafran war. Besides poetry and literature in general I’m interested in the theatre, films, philosophy,politics, theology and my garden. I am a committed Christian.
I live on the south coast of England, on the edge of the New Forest, between Southampton and Bournemouth. I’m a closet townie , having spent my childhood in London and just south of Manchester.
I enjoy learning new things and I originally graduated in Chemistry, which I then taught before switching to Maths. I studied literature and philosophy with the Open University when my children were at school and more recently obtained a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing. My favourite dramatists are Chekhov, Brecht, Ibsen and Arthur Miller. I’m also a dedicated watcher of Dr Who and am old enough to have seen all eleven incarnations of the Doctor.
My elder son lives in Switzerland with his Taiwanese wife and grandson, Rupert. My daughter is a lecturer in the English language department at Kanda University of International Studies at Chiba, near Tokyo. My younger son lives in Salford with kay and a son called Noah.