Kevin Grozier was born in Guildford, Surrey in 1949 and there followed a somewhat turbulent childhood where he grew up appreciating the peace provided by the lakes, rivers and countryside of the Surrey Hills around the small town of Godalming. He spent much of his adult working life in the Insurance industry, starting in London, but still yearning for the sanctuary of quiet open spaces. He was delighted therefore, when in 1973, the company he worked for de-centralised to Hampshire and following a period where he set up home in Southampton he finally settled in the market town of Ringwood on the edge of The New Forest where he has lived since 1987.
None of his poems are directly about fishing though many allude to the ambience of the surroundings he finds himself in pursuit of this pastime. His passion for the hobby itself, but more significantly perhaps, the affinity he feels for the countryside of both his childhood and now Wessex has helped significantly to lessen the impact of the volatile emotional switchback that was his early life from childhood to young adult.
This work covers the intensity and unprecedented trials and stresses of the 2020-2022 lockdowns, including withering footnotes as to the shortcomings of some public authorities in regard to responses to this crisis plus some of the environmental problems of the day. The book also includes, as an appendix all the poems first published under the title The Lost Fisherman.
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