This anthology of original poems focuses on the people and places of 'The Fens' in the aftermath of World War Two - engaging the reader's imagination in the events, struggles and mood of this unique period in the social history of Eastern England. Neither unduly sentimental, nor soaked in self-pity, stand-out works such as "Little Things", "Littleport" (1944-1955) and "Mrs Fitch", "God Bless Her Heart" that balance the devastation of loss, that is the inevitable legacy of war, and the extraordinary kinship and humour that can encourage healing and an eye to happier times in the future. John Taylor's style benefits from a gifted artist's appreciation of detail and an unerring instinct for what is poignant and consequential within the lives of individuals and communities. The product - Fenland Poetry - is, simultaneously, specific to this atmospheric landscape and its amazing characters; and universal in its address of themes that are central to human beings' lives the world over.
John Taylor was born in Ely in 1944 and lived in Littleport until his early twenties. Much of his childhood is reflected in these verses. He went to school in Littleport and claims that his greatest attribute was the ability to daydream wonderful adventures. In nurturing that spirit of adventure he became Littleport's first Queens Scout.On leaving school he took up a technical apprenticeship with the Pye Group in Cambridge and attended Cambridge Technical College where he acquired engineering qualifications. After three years as a design draughtsman he embarked on a more commercial career for greater stimulation. Driven by an adventurous spirit and, as a successful businessman, he has worked in some twenty countries around the world and lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia.He has retired three times and, as a restless retiree, still sees life as a great adventure which should be grabbed with both hands at every opportunity.John, married to Elisabeth for thirty-four years, has three grown up children. Two live in the UK and the third in Australia, not far from John and his wife. John says "I'm blessed to have Elisabeth, I've dragged her around the world and she has supported me all the way. We have shared our journey together and have so many tales to tell".