Never too old to be a poet
It’s never too late to learn new tricks, a 97-year-old poet has found.
Aotea woman Dorothy Shea has released her first poetry book, which will be launched at Summerset Retirement Village this month.
Mrs Shea said she had a gift for words in her younger days, but was a shorthand typist when she left school.
‘‘ In my last year of school my teacher said I should get into journalism, but women weren’t into it then,’’ she said. ‘‘I always had a gift for words, but didn’t start writing properly until I was 70.’’
She did get her name in the newspaper, however, when she wrote children’s stories for Cousin Betty’s column in the Southland Times.
Mrs Shea described herself as a creative person who enjoyed painting when she was more able.
‘‘I used to make some greeting cards and sell them for the cancer society,’’ she said.
Today her eyesight is a lot poorer, but she is still able to notate her poems.
She has also memorised them and happily reads them aloud on request.
Her poetry book contains poems that have been written for special occasions and for her friends at Summerset Retirement Village.