I started my career in waste management after the age of 40, clinical waste being my speciality then joining Tidy Britain Group ending up being the Regional Director for the West Midlands. Moving on from there I became a qualified clinical aromatherapist and Reiki Master, opening my own complementary practice.
My love of poetry writing was inspired by my photographs. Since then my writing has progressed to include short stories, plays and monologues etc. But my first love is poetry some of which was based on a journey from Spaghetti Junction to Gas Street Basin based on the canal system. These were included in a British Waterways exhibition at Cox’s Wharf in Stratford-upon-Avon and since at Angel’s Pop Up Gallery in New Street till end of January 2015.
To my joy in Remembrance week I was honoured to have one of my poems chosen for Poet’s Corner in the Sutton Observer, under my pen name Jude Ashworth. I enjoy giving public readings of my poems and am a regular performer at Poetry Bites at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath.
After joining the Pens writing group in 2012 I was asked by the then facilitator, Jan Watts (a previous Birmingham Poet Laureate) to take over the reins and this I did in January 2013. Encouragement is given to all sorts of genre in creative writing.