I can’t remember when I started to enjoy reading, but it was relatively late in life. But once I caught the bug I couldn’t stop, regularly reading 3-4 books a week. It was not the same with writing though - I loved writing, particularly poetry, from much earlier. My love for writing poems (supported by a particularly bad stretch of depression and anxiety through my 20s) led to me becoming a published poet. “Getting it out of my System” was a slim volume of poems that were written over the course of about 10 years, published in 1997. It didn’t sell particularly well. In fact I probably gave away my author’s copies to most of the people who might have bought it, and it’s no longer available. I still have a couple of copies on the bookshelf - the editor’s blurb on the back reads:
“The gentle self-deprecating humour and the astute observation of Adrian J Coles provide the unity this entertaining and poignant collection of poetry requires. Getting It Out Of My System is a brief introduction to a witty and sensitive poet.”
Not so much ‘a brief introduction’ as ‘my life work’, as I’ve not done much since.
I have plans to self-publish ‘Getting…’ as an eBook and, who knows, maybe I’ll get back into writing some more poems in readiness for the next one.