Whimsical, charming (and sometimes thought provoking) poems and rhymes from Yorkshire poet and garden lover David Thornton.

David A Thornton began thinking up rhyming poems and short stories to keep his little sister quiet on long car journeys over 45 years ago. In 2018 he started to publish his  poems on social media and now has thousands of followers who share and comment on his work. In the last two months over 1 million people have seen his poems online.

Check our David’s new video series “Poems in the Potting Shed”, uploaded weekly on Sundays at 6pm. 

David trained at the school of Performing Arts before running a small 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 costume character shows and developing themed lands for visitors to enjoy.

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.

He has received a number of commissions for his poetry, and also gives workshops and public performances.

David 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 is a member of the Musicians Union and the UK Poetry Foundation.

Contact David: Email David Here
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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”

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