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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June, 2004, 18:54 GMT 19:54 UK
Grandstand's resident poet
Grandstand's poet Keith Wilson
Keith Wilson: Liverpool's Byron
Sir Ian McKellen, Led Zeppelin, Spike Milligan, Ulrika Jonsson and Graeme Le Saux. These are some of the people Keith has never worked with.

Born in Kensington, Liverpool, he comes from a long line of actors, theatre managers and puppeteers.

He has worked extensively throughout the UK and Europe as an actor, director, writer and musician, and is currently Grandstand's resident poet.

You can read and watch Keith's works for Grandstand by using the links below - and you can also send us your sporting poems via the link at the side of this page.

The best ones will be published on the Grandstand site.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for inspiration, we asked Keith how he started to write poetry.


Qu: When did you discover your talent?

KW: I started writing at school with big chunky wax crayons - won a couple of book tokens some years later and a couple of quid in a national poetry competition when I was sixteen - I can't remember too much about the poem except how awful it was.

Qu: How did you get into poetry?

WILSON'S POEMS ONLINE
KW: Initially through music - listening to what people could say, how they could talk to you, make it sound like they were talking to you personally ...... Lennon, The Clash, Lou Reed, Ian Dury.

Qu: What do you use for inspiration?

KW: Anything, everything and occasionally nothing! Sometimes a single line will get you up and running - it might be something you've overheard while hanging about in the supermarket - or a line that you've had wrapped in clingfilm for years but have never used.

Qu: Is sport an easy subject to write about?

KW: No more difficult than writing about your Auntie Vera's cat going onto short spin in the washing machine ..... the subject matter isn't at the core it's the emotions that are stirred - I'm great at stirring!

Qu: Favourite team & sporting arena?

KW: Liverpool, and Anfield South, otherwise known as the Millennnium Stadium.

Qu: Most memorable sporting moment?

KW: Kenny Dalglish scoring the winner at Stamford Bridge in '86 to win the league.

Qu: Do you have any sporting talent?

KW: I was on Tranmere's books for a while...and now they'll be mentioned in mine...how circular life can be!

If you want to send Keith your comments, or have a go at penning a sporting ballad, you can do so via the link on this page.




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