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Nuclear Engineer Switches To Poetry

A former nuclear engineer sees his first collection of poetry published later this month. Bernard John of Shirenewton, Monmouthshire, has found inspiration for his work in his boyhood experiences, his love of nature, and the Welsh countryside.

Cardiff Boy is published by Carys Books on 31 May. A book launch takes place on Thursday 24th May at Caldicot Library at 2.30pm. The informal programme will include readings and light refreshments.

The title of his collection, Cardiff Boy, declares the fact of his birthplace, a short distance from the River Taff where he spent his first 21 years. An engineering career took Bernard to work on a Government ‘Atom Smasher’ in South Oxfordshire and then to a nuclear power station in Somerset, finally returning to South Wales as a senior lecturer.

“My interest in poetry begun when I picked up a leaflet while visiting Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth,” he recalls. “The leaflet was for a writing course with the Open College of the Arts.”

But having to juggle writing with work plus studying for an MBA meant he completed only the first module of the course. On his retirement, he returned to writing, continued his studies, and obtaining a BA Hons in Creative Writing.

Bernard’s work has been published in Chapter and Verse, Cool, Countryside Tales, Red Poets, Lo-Down, Milestones, Roundyhouse, and Square Magazine.

See here for reviews of Cardiff Boy

Paperback. 72 pages. Price: £8.95. Special price of £7.50 at launch.
ISBN: 978-0-904300-10-9
An eBook will be available later in the year.
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