“Your poems are so uplifting when there’s darkness A ray of hope and sunshine thank you so much for sharing your talent” – Ann from Kent (January 2021).
David A Thornton began thinking up rhyming poems and short stories to keep his little sister quiet on long car journeys 50 years ago. In 2018 he started to publish his poems for a largely adult audience on social media, and now has thousands of followers who share and comment on his work. In the last year over 3 million people have read his poems online.
His poetry covers a wide and eclectic range of subjects, from alien invasion to building a garden in a bath tub, dealing with life’s challenges to journeys to the top of everything, and many other topics in between.
“My interest in poetry was rekindled in November 2017 when I was launching a literary trail on the Isle of Wight. The event was held at Farringford, the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson, and I read “Crossing the Bar” at the event. At the same time I was creating a tie-in with Michael Rosen’s children’s story “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” for a family trail the following Spring. Immersed as I was in the subject matter at the time, I started to think about writing poetry myself”.
David studied music and drama at the school of Performing Arts before running an Arts Council funded touring theatre company in the UK. He went on to have a career in the theme park and tourism industry, launching rollercoasters and white-water rides, writing stage shows and developing themed lands for visitors to enjoy. In recent years he has been responsible for high profile marketing campaigns for a number of UK attractions and destinations including the Peak District, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Lands End and The Isle of Wight.
He has been a musician all his life and has written and produced two musicals on stage. He performs as a solo musician and also plays in a touring band. David is a keen gardener and often writes poems whilst sitting in his greenhouse. His first book, A Handful of Poetry Seedlings, was published in October 2020 and contains 80 early poems written between 2018 and 2020.
David welcomes poetry commissions and is also available for poetry readings and talks. He lives on the edge of the Peak District National Park (UK) with his wife Jo and PK the cat, who featured in some of his early poems. He has two sons, his youngest is the actor and musician Olly Alexander who recently starred in the Channel 4 drama “It’s a Sin”. David is a member of the Musicians Union and the UK Poetry Foundation.
A selection of Facebook reviews and responses:
“I just love these poems ,sometimes they make me sad other times they make me want to sing and then there are times when they really lift my heart up. Such beautiful words expressed with true feelings”.
If you enjoy the joy of reading words that really make you feel good about the world . You must read these poems because they go straight to your heart
“Modern day truths set in poetry, a great way to express ourselves!”
“Very well written witty and comical poems. Great reading, very entertaining and part of life’s tribulations”
“Gentle hints and reminders of daily life and loves”