In 1995, Diana Brodie wrote her first poem. She hatimidly enrolled on an Open College of the Arts correspondence so that nobody would find out about her presumption in thinking that she could possibly ever write
a good one. In the 1970s her next door neighbour had invited her to join her poetry group, but Diana said No, thinking she would be hopelessly out of place.
She found she enjoyed writing very much and joined
a local poetry group, Arvon courses amd Poetry School workshops. After she had read her first poem at the first Poetry School class she attended, Mimi Khalvati's First Poetry Versification course, another member of the class asked her if she had completed
'a collection" yet. She had to ask "What is a collection?"
By the late 1990s, Diana was a regular at Jane Draycott's Poetry School workshops on Saturday mornings and a frequent attender at other poetry sessions
as well. She soon joimed the local group.
(To be continued)