About Me

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A writer at work

I started writing angst-fuelled poetry when I was a teenager (in the eighties) but as I grew up I realised I was running out of angst and had to find something else to write about.

I carry a notepad.

I began writing prose in 2000; initially it was little more than poems with the line breaks taken out— I hope it is more elegant now.

I studied creative writing with Chris Torrance in Cardiff University at the end of his 26 year stint as a tutor; John Evans in Clwb Y Bont in Pontypridd; and Lynne Barrett-Lee in Cardiff University. I would love to start an MPhil in September 2013.

I live in the Rhondda Fach in the South Wales Valleys (UK) – in pictures here and in words here.

10 Fortunes I would not like to find in a cookie: You will be pregnant, this is the last cookie you will have, swimming was never your thing, this cookie may contain cyanide, casualty is not that bad, you are being watched, check your plumbing, do not open your fridge, run, you are fired!

When I left the pension review I gave my boss a sonnet of resignation.

I did a degree in Electronic Music which I completed in 1997.

I intend to make a post on my my blog once every four days – but I won’t post if I have nothing to say.

I have a love of photography and my photos can be seen here.

One day I would like to write a post apocalyptic novel.

I love to talk to other writers and I am always up for a writing challenge or collaborative project. Please feel free to contact me; I don’t bite.
Email: dadofmoolie[at]gmail.com 

Ynyshir - 2012

Ynyshir from the top of the valley (2012)

31 Responses to About Me

  1. You’ve been nominated! For more details, please visit this post!

  2. lewism4 says:

    Hello Ben!

    I’ve only just started my own blog, syntheticscribe. Do have a look it’d be great to know your thoughts. I’m trying to decide on the best content from the archives too…

  3. angela says:

    lucky you, for I continue to produce angst twenty years later …

    • Yes I suppose I do too but it isn’t as exclusive as it was. Sometimes I produce poems with flowers in them that are not linked to wilting souls and the eternity of solitude grasping me like a dying jackdaw as the sun collapses exhausted behind my eyelids…

  4. Following you now bunny! Not put any content on mine yet, but I will do asap – Thanx so much for giving me a push and getting me on here at least for now. Little steps lead to momentum Tony Robbins say, bless that man 🙂 xxx

    • Good to see you are up and running. Looking forward to seeing some content. Little steps do indeed lead to momentum. It may be only 1 poem edited as I travel into work in the morning but that is one more than staring out of the window.

  5. Phil Canon says:

    Hi, mentioned you in my latest post as a Beautiful Blogger. Am passing on an award given to me. Hope you don’t mind. It might expose more people to your writing and you might discover some blogs you didn’t know about.

  6. Very nice to “meet” you! Lovely to read your work — always such a pleasure to come upon a fellow writer 🙂 Looking forward to reading more!

  7. Poolaloo says:

    Try – ERASERHEAD PRESS —www.eraserheadpress.com/. Founded in 1999, this is an independent publishing company with a focus on Bizarro Fiction. They have eight imprints, one of which is a magazine, published quarterly.

  8. Hello! Thanks for stopping by – I hope you find something to tickle your literary tastebuds 🙂

    Look forward to reading more from you in future.


    • Thank you. I enjoyed your site and I have been back several times. I loved Midnight Snack and when I went back to read it I realised I had somehow forgotten to like it.

  9. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello there,

    You write wonderful poetry up here. Well done! Keep penning and keep inspiring. You’ll do wonders one day, I am sure! 🙂

    And please take a look at my blog; I write poetry too. Some poems that may be of interest to you: “Love is a Heart Throbbing Joyride”, “My Greetings to You”, “Your Heart is My Favorite Playground”. I hope you have a joyful ride there. Thank you and have a lovely day my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  10. Mark (Lordy) Rolfe says:

    Hello Benjamin,

    Why am I always the last to know about things. Loving this blog site :-). Must catch up “face to face” soon.

    Drop me an email.

  11. fivereflections says:

    nice to meet you

    David in Maine USA

    • And good to meet you too. I do love a good haiku – it is something about their compactness. I started writing haiku to fill in the cracks between looking after a child – there is no going back.
      Benjamin in The Rhondda UK.

  12. haikuandy says:

    Thanks for your constant support of my daily haiku. I would be honored to send a haiku postcard, if you provide me an address. Thanks again – AD

  13. suitablefish says:

    Hi. Thanks so much for stopping by. I don’t wear a hat like that but I do carry a notepad. All the best with your writing endeavors.

  14. Foggy Nation says:

    Hey Mr Bunny. Thanks for being the first person to contribute to my story! Your blog looks great; I need to spend more time here methinks 🙂

    • No problems at all. You promoted it in Litopia and I had a little poke around. I love writing challenges and games like that one. A friend of mine said one of my short stories was too ‘mundane’ for her. I suggested she might like it more if everyone had fairy wings. She thought that might be the case. Challenge accepted. I gave it an edit and turned it into a story about a fairy who wants to become a mechanic. Draft is done. It needs a couple more edits but it should be on my blog very soon.

  15. amoore806 says:

    Brilliant, I could feature you as writer of the week? I’ve done something similar before, here’s the link: http://authorise.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/writer-of-the-week-claudia-donkor/
    Let me know what you think, my e-mail is amoore806@googlemail.com.

  16. amoore806 says:

    Hello, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you liked it, let me know if you’d like to be featured.

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