Here are four members of my family who have written
poetry at various times of their lives. I seemed to have
escaped the gene but then surprised myself by writing
three illustrated poems about our grandsons
EDWIN MEADOWS DIXON
My grandfather wrote poetry in the 1920s and 30s in
the flowery prose of the time. He was also the band master
of Smallthorne Brass Band in Staffordshire
My father in law, Rothwell Bishop's poetry was generally
more humerous than Edwin's.
Most of Alex's poems were written when he was at school
or university in the 1980s and were perhaps a way of
exploring new-found emotions and ideas.
James's poetry is more recent, emerging during an exhausting
trip to South America in 2000. The poems here are light-hearted
but some of his others are more deeply expressed.