art by jeni bate
Jerome Kiel was born in Scotland and is a mature student of life. His career, initially in engineering, evolved from being a draughtsman in East Anglia to becoming a graphic artist and designer, with words being the important key, through brochure and magazine designs to signs and exhibitions for local and national clients. The need to write for himself, however, also developed, until various writers’ workshops transformed this.
His reading of Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write, became a turning point in his life in the year 2000. He then began and co-headed a poetry writing group which, before long, successfully performed at halls, clubs and theatres. He has performed his poetry around the UK, including Sheffield, London, the Lake District and in the Edinburgh Fringe.
Although he does not see himself as an academic, in 2007, he decided to study the process of writing in more detail and began a Creative Writing university course for a year. This allowed him to also explore the writing of plays, longer pieces of prose and, essentially, to be more patient with his writing, redrafting works until they were at their best.
He followed that with three other courses, in Humanities, Advanced Level Creative Writing, and, lastly, an Introduction to the English Language, which explored the origins of English, from Anglo-Saxon to the present day, the dialects, accents and the varieties of English spoken throughout the world.
Jerome has been published in national anthologies and has also self-published five collections of works. He lives and writes from his home in Yorkshire, England, surrounded by its evolving industries, its sense of history and the range of its inspiring landscape.