W. R. Watkins was born and raised in Tunbridge Wells, UK for all of his life. He is the writer of the well received poetry books You. Are. Not. Alone., the Diary Of The Heart poetry book series, and now is poised to publish his new poetry and short story collection, entitled Photograph.
His passion for writing grew and developed during his time at Secondary School (Worth School), where he used his writing as a means to convey and express his thoughts and feelings. When he left Worth in 2010, he went to Aberystwyth University to study Animal Behaviour, an area that he has always had an area of interest in which came from studying Psychology for his A-Levels. He continued to develop his writing style during his time at University, and earned four Semi-Finalist awards for his Lyrics Only entries in the UK Songwriting Competition in 2013 and 2014, an achievement that is very difficult to get. During his final year in 2014, he was inspired by a close friend, to begin to put together his first poetry book collection, which after some time would become You. Are. Not. Alone., which was released in eBook format on the day after his graduation from Aberystwyth with a BSc (Hons). The book itself took half a year to complete from the initial concept to holding the final, paperback option. Writing You. Are. Not. Alone. was a cathartic experience for him, as it helped him to accept certain parts of himself, which for a long time remained private.
He went on to self-publish two more poetry books in 2014 and 2015, entitled An Obsessive Infatuation and Little Red Book, both of which came under the Diary Of The Heart book title. Both books had experimental elements to them. Infatuation contains chapters within it, turning all the poems into one cohesive story, something that has not been attempted to be done in poetry whilst Red Book took an unapologetic look at a year of Watkins' life, exposing his most private, personal thoughts and his writing process throughout that year.
on July 31, 2015 :
I reviewed the sample edition of this work, and now that I have read the full works, I can say that it is very well written, and that honesty that I found in the sample, can be found throughout this book.
This book of poems has a diary feel about it, made obvious by the dates added to the poem, making it a far more intimate experience for a reader, whilst also bringing the poems into the real world. The author shares moments from his own life, as well as talking about other topics, that do not seem out of place or shocking.
At times, I found myself reading about my own life within these pages, and found myself touched at how the author managed to capture the emotions in certain poems so very well.
My personal favourite would have to be the title poem 'You. Are. Not. Alone.' Brilliantly written, and drives the whole message of the book home.
(reviewed the day of purchase)