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Online poems start a career.

An aspiring poet from Newcastle is finding success in America, thanks to the Newcastle Employment Action Team for Jobs.

John Ellis, 40, who writes as Dominic Campbell, has always wanted to be a writer and draws his inspiration from the moving stories of prisoners of war from the Second World War. And now an American publisher is about to publish a collection of his poems.

The dad of eight, who also runs a poetry club, hopes that success in America will help him promote his work in the UK, and especially in his native North East.

His success started when he visited the Newcastle Employment Action Team to find out more about how he could turn his writing into a career.

His adviser, Carmen Brown, put him in touch with Keepdate Publishing in Jesmond, which offers multimedia courses. The course gave John the skills and knowledge to build his own website, which he now uses to promote his poems.

After publishing his first poem, A Picture of Auschwitz, on his website, John was amazed at the level of interest in his work.

The poem came about from John seeing a film about the atrocities of the Second World War as a child.

He said: "The images from it stayed with me and I felt that I had to write about it. I would never have thought that it could lead to me publishing a book of my poems."

For John, also a full-time carer to one of his sons, the help and advice he got from Carmen has been invaluable.

He said: "Carmen has given me loads of support. If it wasn't for her and the team, I wouldn't be where I am now."

Carmen said: "It has been really satisfying to see John put his new multimedia skills to use to raise the profile of his poetry."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2004
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