David T. Nelson

David T. Nelson, poet and author  

I am just a simple man who at some time in his life decided that writing was a way of removing frustration and stress in his life. I was born in 1948 in Hamburg, but I am not German. My father was in the occupying forces and my mother was the daughter of a German draughtsman and gypsy-decended mother. This meant that I was raised bi-lingual. I also spent many vacations in Holland visiting my mother's sister who had married a Dutch man. There I also had the good fortune to learn Dutch. I spent the first 8 years of my life in Germany in a small town called Delmenhorst near Bremen. Here I attended a British army primary school (BFES Delmenhorst). We then moved to Malta where I spent a great deal of my time swimming and generally messing about. My father was stationed in Tigne Barracks, where I also attended BFES Tigne Primary School.

My father's regiment was the last to leave Malta in 1960 and as we traveled back on the troop ship SS Scarborough it took us a week to return to the UK, where my father was immediately stationed back to Delemenhorst. I returned to the Primary School for two terms before attending a boarding school (Prince Rupert School) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Here I spent many happy days not only in class but also in extra-curricular activities such as Army Cadet Force and theatre (various Gilbert and Sullivan productions, Variety and “The Boyfriend”). I have to say that I never really excelled in English, but was fascinated by the Bard and other authors and poets. After leaving school, I returned to the UK with my family to the very bad news that my mother only had 6 months to live due to cancer.

I took up an electrical apprenticeship with GKN Sankey in Hadley Telford. Here were the slightly crazy ‘60s and ‘70s with lots of hard work - sometimes seven days a week but also many, many party nights in discos, nightclubs and house parties. Also, this was the time when I met my first wife. I left the electrical world in order to go into hotel management and ended up in Warrington where my beautiful daughter was born. I left the hotel trade and went into sales of shop fittings, which was my first encounter with the sales process. However, the best move came when I was introduced to a Swiss company looking for a sales person with electrical experience and who spoke German. I was based in Manchester for nine years and then, due to my divorce, I decided that I needed a change so got  a transfer within the company to a picturesque part of Germany (Bavaria), where I was employed as an export sales engineer. I was able to travel most of the world e.g. USA, Mexico, South Africa, South East Asia, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, and most of Europe. The fact my marriage split was also a catalyst to my writing poetry. I found that by putting down the words that came to my mind I was able to overcome any stresses or frustrations. The words contained in the poems are just random thoughts that enter my head without any other meaningful thoughts behind them. They are no different to the thing that we all experience in our sleep but with me these thoughts just come very spontaneously.

I have now retired and have moved to the North East of England with my wife of 28 years. This is a wonderful part of the United Kingdom which will inspire me to continue to write.

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