Poetry at laterlife - About Ronnie Goodyer
Ronnie Goodyer editor of Poetry at Laterlife
Ronnie Goodyer has had hundreds of poems, sketches and articles published, including several as Featured Poet, plus appearances in galleries and exhibitions. He is prominent in the current small press poetry scene and editor of long-running monthly poetry magazine Reach and quarterly, and spiritual literary magazine The Dawntreader.
Ronnie’s poetry has been selected for numerous anthologies, including Peace In Our Time for the Red Cross; Dancing Through The Pain (plus sketches) and Off The Wall for MIND; Flowers On A Shoestring for the ONE-TO-ONE Children's Fund; Review of Contemporary Poetry for The Stroke Association; Earth Love for Conservation charities; Pulling Funny Faces at the Dog for NSPCC; People’s Poet book of Book of Muddy Paws for animal sanctuaries; and Listening To The Birth of Crystals in aid of deaf children (he also designed the cover for this).
He has been Poetry Editor of over 20 anthologies including boho women peeling oranges, bluechrome anthology 2004 and 2005 and bringing it all back home for Bluechrome and A Sporting Chance for Youth Sports UK.
Ronnie also appeared alongside classic poets from the past in the Poetry on the Buses project, his poem on public transport, posters and the resulting book.
Among his awards and accolades are Robooth Publications Open Poet Of The Year 2001; four-times winner of the Eclipse Poetry magazine readers’ choice; winner of 'Flora Day' poetry competition 2002; bluechrome publishing Poet Of The Year 2003; and inaugural Coffee House Poetry competition. He was chosen by Cornwall County Council as poetry representative for the ‘Writing Doctor’s Surgery’ at the 6th Cornwall Book Festival 2004 and his poetry was displayed in the Visiting Dartmoor Exhibition by Dartmoor National Parks Authority. Solo collections include Within The Silence, Indigo Dreams, Lizard Reality and New Words From An Old Hat.
One reviewer wrote the following as part of her review of New Words From An Old Hat.
‘a poet needs shadows as friends…………….’
The beauty, as St. Augustine has opined before me, is all the more enriched by the existence of the shadows and in Goodyer we have a poet brave enough to explore both – the old and the new, the shadows and the light. Jan Fortune-Wood, Cinnamon Press, Editor: Envoi
Out now, 76 pages, £5.50 ISBN 13 978-0-9553589-0-6
Indigo Dreams Press, 8, Reynolds Court, Hildersley, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7NE
Owing to Ronnie's health, he now lives in Sheltered Housing in Ross-on Wye, Glos, in the beautiful Wye Valley,with his constant companion and outdoor shadow, rescue Border Collie, Soxx. He is an experienced and popular poetry competition adjudicator and accomplished digital artist, with many book covers and book illustrations in his portfolio.
These are some of the comments others have written about him:
Poetry what it is and what it should be. Ronnie will go down as the poet who, at the turn of the century, brought a wider perspective of poetry to everyone. Long may he reign! Joseph Hemmings: Dial 174 magazine
Walking through his poetic landscapes is like discovering a new set of senses. Les Merton: Editor: Poetry Cornwall
Goodyer’s poetry has a wonderfully unexpected quality to it, and is full of excellent, painterly images. Deborah Tyler-Bennett: Editor: The Coffee House
Reading Ronnie’s poetry is like holding your tired hand in a stream of clean water and just letting it flow over you, feeling every drop of his profound insight. Peter Tomlinson: Author and Poet
He is so vital to what is happening in poetry today and
my thanks to him for giving the women a platform. Indigo
Dreams is now one of my all time favourite poetry books
and believe me I own a LOT of poetry books. The
expression and the emotion in his poetry just take my