Charles Wylie

Biography

Charles Wylie is a professional British seaman and an amateur dinghy and yacht sailor. He is the luckiest man on the planet, being husband to Jean, father of four, grandfather to nine and godfather to ten. Poetry is a hobby, together with sailing, chess, Scottish Country Dancing, languages, and a variety of other pursuits. He is tickled pink to have been headhunted at the age of 78. As a seaman he had visited all the continents in ships by the age of 21 at over 50 ports and had survived his destroyer being bombed in the Korean War when only just 17 years old. He attributes a reasonable command of the English language to his education at Taunton's Grammar School in Southampton, which set him up for life in four short years. He is particularly grateful to the Royal Navy for its having been a father figure and a source of immense pride for over 65 years. The navy promoted him 10 times, but because he started as a Boy Seaman that means he achieved only the modest rank of Commander (happy with that.) His naval friends (to whom he pays equal respect) range from Able Seamen to Admirals.
He is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
His poetry was written for himself (and occasionally for family or friends) and is published now after many years of friendly badgering by dear ones. Self-publishing through Smashwords was chosen because he is confident that no modern publisher would want to publish his generally old-fashioned rhyming and scanning verses.
Charles is a happy man, much blessed.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My loved ones and friends have been gently badgering me for years to publish the poetry that I first wrote entirely for myself (and subsequently for family and friends) before branching out into matters of wider interest. Two of my sons urged me to write my Memoires, so those will be published in 2014.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That question makes me grin. I have no published success yet. But I have flourished with running poetry evenings and I have a weekly one-hour radio programme of poetry, prose and music on angelradio.co.uk called Wag's Rag Bag.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Fill The Cup - Memoirs Part two
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
From the opening fiery interview with a Commander-in-Chief the second half of this tale roams through events at sea, in NATO and UK Headquarters, and to transition into a civvy street of finance, gasp-making charity work and a family life never without drama of some kind or another. It has a happy ending.
Driving Ambition - Memoirs Part One
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,250. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
From a childhood of poverty in a London slum to command of one of Her Majesty's Ships, the first part of this tale takes us through three wars and to most of the world's oceans, with a happy ending.
Poems of Heroes and Indignation
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 4 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 8 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This eBook, Poems of Heroes and Indignation, is the 8th of 9 books of Charles Wylie's poetry, complementing those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun and The Sea. My profession has led me to meet many heroes and I'm gald to be alive thanks to them, and still speaking English. Indignation is something I don't normally express, but it does come out in verse sometimes.
Poems of The Sea
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 3 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 7 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,150. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
As a seaman I have spent so much time afloat that the sea has almost become my natural environment, so this 9th of nine eBooks, complementing those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, and Heroes and Indignation, should give you a feel for the thrill of being at sea whether in a warship or a sailing boat. Bon voyage!
Poems of Fun
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 2 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 6 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,890. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Among the serious matters of life there is plenty of room for fun, so I hope you will get some out of this 7th of nine eBooks, complemented by those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Perhaps this is the area in which you will find it easy to write verses yourself. If I can, you can: promise!
Poems of Faith and Family
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 1 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 5 of 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This 6th eBook of nine, about Faith and Family, complements those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. It is my hope that you will find inspiration here to write your own verses about your loved ones. If I can, so can you. Give it a whirl!
Poems of Parting and Grief
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 4 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 4 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This title, Poems of Parting and Grief, is the 5th eBook in a collection which includes poems on Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. My earnest hope is that you will find peace, quiet and comfort in my thoughts about loss of cherished ones. A penalty of ageing is that one's family and friends reach their ends and it can be very hard to bear.
Poems of Nature
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 3 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 3 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,160. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
The 4th of my nine eBooks of poetry is about the joys of the natural world, both ashore and afloat, to accompany those on Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Here you will find flora and fauna, and impressions of the joys of the beautiful English countryside, and seas of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Get carried away!
Poems of Mystery
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 2 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 2 of 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,110. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
In this 3rd eBook of nine we find mystery. To be frank, I've used the word 'Mystery' to cover a variety of topics which cannot be conveniently categorised under my other eBook poetry headings: Love, Friends, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea; so don't be surprised if you are a litle puzzled. In some of the poems you will that I, too, am baffled
Poems of Friends
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 1 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 1 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,160. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This is Charles Wylie's second of nine eBooks of poetry about Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Some friends in the UK, the USA and the Commonwealth will find themselves featured. I do hope they will remain friends when they've read what I've written!
Poems of Love
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Series: Sailor Poet - Suite One, 1 of 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,790. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Charles Wylie, a British sailor/poet, has finally succumbed to pressure from family and friends to publish eighteen years worth of verses about Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea in nine eBooks - of which this is the first, about Love. There are author's comments before each one to enlarge the reader's experience. Welcome!

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