JOHN W. HENSON INTERNATIONAL POET AND ARTIST

Questions and answers for John W. Henson

AN INTERVIEW WITH INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR/ARTIST JOHN HENSON

By

Robert Hewett Sr.

QUESTIONS

1. Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I was born and raised in Bolsover in Derbyshire, England, in the shadow of the castle there that stretches back to Norman, England. I now live in Marmaris, Turkey, near another castle dating from the Crusaders in the 14th century.


2. What is, or was, your main career, and what is your status now? My main careerwas as a graphic designer and illustrator, though I was also a soldier, bodyguard and security supervisor at different periods. Now I am retired and doing my own thing

3. Did your career involve professional writing for money or job requirements? Yes as an Art director I often had to commission or write copy for advertising purposes, for clients. I have written a number of magazine articles for various publications covering history, modelling, folklore, the supernatural, political satire and at one point concert reviews for a pop culture publication.

4. Were your parents or other ancestors’ writers or artists? Did your family encourage you in your writing and artistry? My Father had a talent for drawing but never pursued it so never reached professional standards. No, it was not encouraged in my family, art in any form was considered a waste of time.

5. How did you first become interested in writing? What are your pseudonyms and how did you select them? My first foray into writing was at school, I wrote a poem about battery farming, called ‘The Chicken Machine’ which was published in a national newspaper: Thanks to the encouragement of my teacher, Mr Peter Parker who we kids called Spiderman. If you happen to read this Sir, I owe you a lot, though I may not have fully appreciated it at the time, Thank you! I don’t use a ‘Nom de plume’, I write under my own name John W Henson.

6. How long have you been actively writing? I have been writing most of my life the earliest piece I have in my possession dates from 1967 I wrote a short story for the school magazine when I was 13. My career as a serious writer stems from 2 years ago following the death of Michael Jackson, I wrote a tribute poem on the web and a lady, named Pat Simpson, spotted it and invited me to join her literary group and submit the poem to a tribute book that they were doing. I did and the rest is history. Pat is now my dear friend and publisher and another in a long line of thank yous that I owe. Thank you Pat


7. Do you currently write as a profession? Not as such. I am retired.But am constantlybusy as a writer and artist both with my own projects and work for other people. I have just completed an illustration assignment for my very dear friend author and poet, Paulette F Kosak, for her forthcoming book, ‘The Tale of Kathleen Laoghaire’, a project that I adored doing.


8. If so, what titles have you put out and where can we find them? I currently have three books published ‘Shadow Dancer’(with two versions of the cover available) and ‘Broken Wings’ this has a chapter devoted to my daughter Ruth Maguire, who is an exceptionally talented writer and artist, I also have an epic poem called ‘The Chronicles of Gildas’, just released, These are available from lulu. com and APFP Publishers, plus ‘Darklingmire’ which is due out in a couple of weeks. These are all collections of poetry. My work is also included in a number of anthologies. I also have in progress a novel called ‘Ecce Homo’ which is to be part one, of a cycle called ‘The History Man Chronicles’. I have written 48,000 words so far and in the pipeline I have a comedy about a private detective called ‘Knuckles Austin’ I am also pitching to Hollywood producers to see if I can get into the movie business.


9. Who is (was) your inspiration to write? Oh now you are asking, there are so manyI have many classical influences, like Seutonius, Tacitus, Homer, Ovid, Virgil, Pliny, Plato, just too many. I love the Viking Sagas and Eddas, George Orwell, Robert Graves, Robert E Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, JRR Tolkien. I also love horror and gothic literature everything from Horace Walpole to Anne Rice. My comedy writing is influenced by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, John Lennon, anyone who is off the wall. I am very much the bibliophile I read anything and everything.

10. Who's writing style does your work most resemble? Difficult to say, I have been likened to Edgar Allen Poe a few times and Lewis Carroll too. I think it depends what I am writing, but my literary style is descriptive and atmospheric and quite tight, so I think Poe is probably good.

11. Do you write on a schedule? No I just write until I’m finished no real time factors apply

12. Where do you do your best writing? Probably in my study though I think my standard is fairly consistent regardless of where I write.

13. Do you write from home? Again no hard and fast answers, most of my work isproduced in my study, but I have written on Rhodes, on the decks of ships in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, or in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral or Whitby Abbey, it depends where the muse takes me.

14. I know that you are a gifted artist, when did you first notice that you had a talent for art? Very early, I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t creating some form of art from sketching through painting, sculpting and many creative crafts.

15. At what age were you when others started to recognize your artistic talents? That would be when I started school at 4 years old , before that there was awareness but not acknowledgement. Luckily, I had wonderful teachers and as a result was attending Art College part time by the age of 11.

16. Have you had exhibits of your artwork; if not, do you plan to do so in the next 3 years? I have exhibited in a small way in the past but have no plans in that direction in thefuture

17. Do you listen to music when you are working? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why? Yes I do, again my tastes are wide ranging good music is good music regardless, I play a lot for atmosphere, I love 50s and 60s music, classical, and celtic. For working I will go from Tchaikovsky to Wagner or perhaps Clannad or Enya dependent on what I’m working on. Otherwise as I love a bit of karaoke I will play music that I can sing along to

18. Are you an avid reader? Do you like to visit museums, if so, what is one of your favorites? Yes I am a very avid reader, when I moved to Turkey I had to cut down thesize of my library, prior to that I had a library of over 6,000 books. Museums, ha ha, you can’t keep me out of them. I have been in museums all over the world. Difficult to choose a favourite, but probably the British Museum, followed by Cairo Museum

19. Who are your favorite Authors? Who inspired your interest in Art? JRR Tolkien, J K Rowling, Robert E Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A E Poe, H P Lovecraft and many, many others too numerous to mention, artwise, people like Chris Achilleos, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, from the past William Waterhouse, Gabriel Dante Rossetti, Gustav Dore and of course the great. Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema

20. What is your goal in writing? Since illustrations are an integral part of most published writings, how do you plan to merge your talents in the future? By continuing what I am already doing; by enhancing my own books and those of others with my illustration work. If fame and fortune came my way I would like to support children and animal charities. I currently have 2 huskies, 3 cats and a tortoise, they are all rescued animals.

21, Would you rather write a Great movie Novel or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter? I would rather write a great movie novel,creativity is to be shared and enjoyed, if it is not then it has no value, so the greater the audience reached the more value in the work produced.

22. Who was your first character? And how do you feel about that creation now? My first ever character was called Betty Rankin for a short story called ‘Beauty and the Beast’ about a ranchers daughter defending a puma wrongfully blamed for sheep killing, when I was thirteen years old. I look at her now with pride, the story is a very well written piece with well rounded characters for a thirteen year old.

23. Should a sentence EVER start with "but" or "and" ? . Technically No! But when was there ever a rule made that couldn’t be broken!

24 If you couldn't ever write or draw again, what would you be doing? Gibbering, ha ha,no seriously, if I was still compos mentis I would be teaching.

25. How long did it take to write your first book? How long does it take to do a pencil sketch of a person? My first book is a collection of over 300 poems, about 10 monthswork. A pencil drawing of a person, as in a portrait dependent on complexity, background elements and other variables, from about 2 to 8 hours

26. Have you ever competed in the National Novel Writing Month event? What do think about such events? No I haven’t, I think that they are very good, though, as things like that can quite often open career doors for people and also help them grow as writers


27. How do you feel about Writers Groups or organizations? Are there forums for artists that parallel the writing groups you belong to? I think that they can be a good thing or bad. The good side is that they can be great places to learn from great talents and hone your skills. They can give yard sticks to help you assess your work, we are seldom the best ones to decide on the standard of our own pieces. The bad side is quite often they are cliquey and political and pretentious people who usually have little talent anyway, but believe that they are better than anyone else, these kind of people can undermine the confidence of promising writers. As far as artist sites go, yes, I believe that there are, though I don’t belong to any

28. When evaluating joining a new group what things do you look for to help you decide whether to join this group or not? The genuiness of it’s admin team and members, theirsincerity and honesty when interacting with others and the lack of politics. If someone name calls, an Artist will say ‘I don’t want to hear it’, a politician will say ‘tell me more.’

29. What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting? Probably about 12 hours!

30. Do you use outlines or flowcharts to help you map out your plots? No I start with an idea then I write, sometimes an illustration will come first sometimes a written piece. Often the title will be the final element.

31. I will be sending notice of this interview out to thousands of people who view Twitter and Facebook. Would you like those who view your page to leave a comment? What would you like them to remember about you from this page?

Yes, feedback is wonderful, it lets you knowwhere you are in the scheme of things. Remember, hmm, that I want my work to be read, seen and enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible


32. Would you like to say something to those who view your page and leave you a comment? Yes, thank you for reading, and if you have a talent don’t hide it under the bed, don’t be shy, share it, then one day I can leave you a comment……………….John

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Richard Craig 5 years ago from West Midlands, England

Interesting person. It kind of reminds me of myself. I've studied graphic design and art and got my first spell of satisfactory in writing and art when I was at school about the same age. I'm obviously not as successful, but there's still time.

Inspiring hub, thanks.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

I have admired John as a poet, person and artist for a few years and he istruly an inspiration. Thanks for doing this interview John.


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Dena M. Ferrari 5 years ago from North Carolina

What an awesome Interview!

I have known John for just over a yerar and am in awe of the talent that he creates in everything he touches....From Quill to Parchment....you won't be disappointed in what he and his Muse pushes out!

A researcher who follows tghrough in all factions of time...extreme to present.

He, his wife and Daughter, Ruth are a formidable team of awesome writers...I am more enhanced from thier friendships...

Thanks Bob for the interview...

Thanks John...A True Renaissance Man....whatever you touch...you are the Midas!

Brightest Blessings to you and yours!


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

I have not known John, for very long but every poem I have read that he composed was magical and the drawing's I have seen are very creative. He is indeed gifted in his artistry. I wish him every success.

Take care always, Lee


Ruth Maguire 5 years ago

As John's proud daughter (yes, the one mentioned - and thank you Dena for your comment!) I get the inside scoop on his considerable talent - which means I get to say 'Dad, can you draw me this?' and I will get a fantastic drawing of whatever I want!

But more importantly, he has encouraged me to believe and do something with my own abilities. Thanks Dad!

Its great to see The Chronicles of Gildas finally in book form, a combination of his art and writing - worth a read, in my completely unbiased opinion!


Ruth Thomas (Poet Meowserkat) 5 years ago

I have recently had the chance to get to know John through his poetry. and find him to be a very accomplished writer. His success is very inspirational and gives those of us who are just starting out a role model to look up to! I just recently found out that not only is John an very accomplished writer and artist, but his wife and daughter are following in his footsteps. Hope you have room for a few more followers, John...reading about John's successes gives us all hope!


Lenny Marples 5 years ago

John, brilliant at school, even more so now! Pleased you have rediscovered and using your natural talent!! I still have a copy of your original school works. All the very best. Lenny (school friend)


Jan Henson 5 years ago

What can I say about the very talented man that I am lucky to call Husby?...lots...I have known John for 30 years and was quite unaware as to how deep his talents were..they have slowly unfolded in the 20 years of a happy marriage...and I am constantly amazed at every piece of artwork, poetry and prose that falls unhindered from his hands...living with this creative inspiration has opened my eyes and mind... he has helped both Ruth and I to realise we also have a talent, all be it smaller than his, for the written word..he never demeans any talent found in other and will always be there to help that individual...so not only talented and inspirational but a kind and loving heart too..why else would I have married him?...congratulations my dear heart..it's been a long time in coming, but your star is about to shine brightly...love always Jan xx


Lynne M.Cullen 5 years ago

I have enjoyed reading John's poetry for a couple of years now...and his illustrations are most excellent....A talented gifted writer and friend to all...Want to purchase one of his novels soon.....:)Aloha, Lynne


Joe Hartman 5 years ago

I have only known John in the poetry sites but I have always found him to be most inventive when producing his thoughts or illustrations. He is obviously a man of many talents.


Pat Simpson 5 years ago

what more can i say about john that has not already been expressed here both in interview and others comments that are all so true... except what has been missed.. that he is a director of the writers and poetry alliance where he keeps a keen eye on the running of the site, making sure everyone is happy and that the site runs smoothly along inspirational tracks that encourages all to gently come along ... thank you John... Pat xxx


A Bolejack 5 years ago

John is a Living Legacy Poet on Poets for Integrity.org.

You can see his work under that section on our site. We are fortunate to have him as a member.


Big Tone 5 years ago

Well, it's a good job those houses in Turkey have got wide doorways.

Seriously mate....well done!

I can't belive you managed to do all that writing as well go through a very difficult sex change operation at the same time.


Debra Gundy 5 years ago

John has managed to amaze me with his talents from the moment I first laid eyes on one of his pencil sketches posted on Facebook. Later learning that he wrote poetry as well was the icing on the cake...the two arts that I love most, writing (poetry mostly) and sketching. As a member of the same poetic community "Poets For Integrity" I have been fortunate enough to become more acquainted with John and his lovely wife Jan. They are exceptional "people" and amazing artists. I told John one time that he would have to give me pointers on how to bring more dimension to my sketches..."any time, just ask" was his answer. John is so 'down to earth'... with all of his abilities and the business of life he was still willing to take time out of his day to help someone he hardly knew. That alone told me more about his character than anything else. I am fortunate enough to own two of John's previous books "Shadow Dancer" and "Broken Wings" and would highly recommend them. They shall be well worn in the years to come as I read and reread his amazing writings. I will definitely be in line to purchase "The Chronicles of Gildas" It is a fantastic adventure that I feel all would enjoy. Congratulations John!


Karen O'Leary 5 years ago

John,

Your talent shines. I love your comment about writing being a shared experience because I truly believe it is. It has been a pleasure to read your work at The Alliance and in some of the anthologies you have contributed to. You are indeed an artist on many levels. Wishing you success in all your endeavors. Thanks Robert for the interview. I enjoyed it.

Sincerely,

Karen


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Richard, Your time will come, but be warned there is much hardship and pain along the way in struggling up the creative ladder. My advice! never give up on yourself or your talent and you'll get there in the end..................John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Bob, This is great all these wonderful people saying nice things, I feel like a kid in a sweetshop................John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Dena, Our lives have been enhanced by the friendship that Jan, Ruth and I all hold very dear.You are a very special lady from a time gone bye in a better age...............John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou very much Lee, I am very pleased that you like my work..................Regards John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Ruth, I will have to convince you more, having my family sharing in what I do is wonderful especially as you are all so talented in your own rights, I am so proud of you................Dad X


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Ruth Meowsercat, you honour me, if I can inspire others to ascend to greater heights of achievement in their art then I will consider mine a life well lived, Thankyou.................John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thanks Lenny, you were no slouch yourself in the art stakes as I recall, remember skiving off lessons to go and paint scenery with Mr Scothern when we were doing the opera's, great days! ha ha ha, I still sing but the Karaoke bars don't have much Gilbert and Sullivan.....................John


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Daveda Gruber 5 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

Very interesting interview by Robert, John. I have always enjoyed your writing and your art. I am pleased that you have more books out. I wish you well.


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Jan, I thought that you were talking about someone else then, much more and I think I like me. Seriously though the talent that both you and Ruth have was already there, all I did was tell you where it was hiding. As for helping others, if we don't help and nurture the up and coming and I am aware that there are those that guard their techniques. But if we do not pass on our skills where will the next generation of artists and writers come from.................Husby X


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Lynne, I think that Gildas the new one will be great for you, I don't think that it is like any other poetry book ever written...............John


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Joe that is praise indeed coming from a poet of your calibre................John


Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 5 years ago

John, this is exceptionally well done my friend. I like the links of the castles and their impact on your life. You are a crusader in art and poetry. The interview shows fortitude and resilience to succeed. I like the storyline regarding your stint as a soldier. As a career soldier myself, I find it very motivating. Your talent as an artist is really inspiring, and your poetry blends right along with your work of art in the same category. Keep up the good work and let your light continue to shine as a renaissance man.

Blessings always,

Joseph


Christina Jussaume  5 years ago

This is a lovely interview John.. It has been a pleasure to read some of your work on the site we are on together as part of the Admin team. You are very talented in your writings.. and your beautiful artwork as well. It has been a pleasure to know you and your achievements.. I congtratulate you on your newest achievement. God bless Christina Jussaume


Erich Goller 5 years ago

I have known John for a few years through different poetry sites. Having the pleasure of reading that great interview of John's many talents. He is a very great poet and artist, I always enjoying reading his poetry and seeing his art work.I wish him all the success in the

world.Blessings always.Erich


Martin Kindig 5 years ago

John is the most unusual person I have ever met and I have worked with tons of people. He is natural gifted with a golden pen, infinite conceptual mind, multi-talend that is endless and words cannot do him justify.

We experience him on Poets For Integrity.org as a member.

He is totally unlike any other and destined to go down in history.


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Pat, yes indeed I am Director of the 'Writers and Poetry Alliance' this is one of the none political sites that I spoke of. There is no one on there that will do others down to elevate themselves. It is without doubt a haven for genuine writers and poets. come and have a look. you will always be made welcome


John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou April, another of my trusted sites where I am proud to be a member and to have been honoured in such a way. Another site where all are equal..........John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Tony, Yes the ottoman style doors with the big onion shape cut out of the top are ideal. Yes it was traumatic becoming a female gerbil. By the way how is the embarrassing illness coming along..........John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Debra, not just for this but for all the other things that you have done for me since we met and thankyou for following


Beth Cook 5 years ago

If I can only accomplish half of what you have I'll consider myself lucky. I'm glad to have read your work and I find it truly magical. I hope to read you poems for a long time to come.

Beth aka cobaltcat09 on PFI


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Karen, you are a writer and lady that my family and myself all hold in high regard, we are looking forward to the delivery of your book................John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Daveda, my latest 'The Chronicles of Gildas' is probably my best work to date, so much so that I am pitching to Hollywood with it, so you never know. Wish me luck............John


Cat Ginn 5 years ago

So... John... You still having this interview...? You know I've enjoyed your poetry... Most likely your art even more so, being that I'm an artist, first and foremost... So it should be no surprise when I tell you that I believe you to be an amazing artist of exquisite talent... One in whom many talents were blessed. Not your average run of the mill, poet. So it's not surprising that you're being revered here. I'm not surprised at all, in fact. I wish you only the best in everything. Good luck, John.


Karen Miner 5 years ago

Hello John! I read with interest your comments regarding favorite authors, your first published work,

the "break" which came from your Michael Jackson tribute poem etc. I count myself as one of your fans and have enjoyed your work for some time now! I can infer from your descritpion of various sites that you find Pouts for Integrity to be one of those rare non-political places! I agree and that is where I first discovered your amazing talent. Best wishes and continued success to you, particularly in your pursuit of Hollywood connections! I will be able to say I knew you whennnn

Thank you for giving us all an insight into your inspiring work!

Karen M Miner (Karenina on PFI)


BJ 5 years ago

I know John through Poets for Integrity and he is an amazing artist. His talent just shines like a beacon to myself. He is a example for the beginners such as myself to follow and hope that one day we can come close to talent such as his. Good man and his family is just as talented as himself. Billie Jean Woodell( BJ on PFI)


Beverly Reedy 5 years ago

John has been an inspiration in Art, Writing and Poetry.

A kind hearted person of faith and honor.

Also a member of poetsforintegrity where he shares

his many talents with all.

Congratulations John for honors earned!

Best wishes always, LadyFair/Bev


Det. Ins. Harry Organs (retd.) 5 years ago

It was a pleasure persuing you around two continents. You really are a slippery customer.

Nice move ending up in Turkey though. No extradition treaty with the UK there.

The boys at the Met reckon they will have you back in Broadmoor before the sun sets too many more times.

(Nice line that....I could use it in my autobiography!)


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou very much Joseph, I appreciate your comments and I do intend to lave a legacy of work behind me if I can. Up the Renaissance.................John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Tina, I always value your opinion and I am sure that we will be working together for many years to come. I appreciate very much all the styles that you have taught me giving me the basis to design my own..............John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou so much Erich, it is always a pleasure to read your reviews and your work. With your life you should be the one interviewed, much more interesting than me.........John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Martin, I nhope to be sharing my work with you all for a long time, so history will have to wait on me, for a while at least................John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Beth, I hope that you accomplish all that you ever dream of and you will be reading my work for many, many years to come without doubt..........John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thank tou very much cat not only for your words here but for all of the kindnesses shown me on site............John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou so much Karen, I've never thought of myself in terms of having fans before but if I have and you are one then I am deeply Honoured. Yes PFI is one of my trusted sites, I wouldn't be a member if it wasn't............John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Hello BJ, you are here again my constant friend, on the sites I consider my self just another poet but if I can inspire others to reach for greater heights then I am happy and yes I am very proud of my family and the talent that they display.........John


P. F. Kosak 5 years ago

Words of praise simply flow down the page from all over the world as more and more people recognize John's immense talents. Having the honor, privilege and benefit of John graciously illustrating my upcoming book "The Tale of Kathleen Laoghaire", was a joy beyond words. He inherently captured the mystic, ethereal core of each and every chapter with breathtaking, unforgettable drawings. The drawing at the top of this interview is the first illustration that appears in the book. His talents are amazing, his heart is as big as the universe and to him I will always be grateful. We belong to several poetry groups together, all of which are enriched by his presence. Read his work, view his art and you will be forever enchanted!

Blessings always my friend!

Paulette


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Bev, I hope that I do inspire others there is no greater compliment and nothing more worthwhile than people asp?ring to greater heights because of our efforts, Gold................John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Ah Yes! Detective Inspector Harry Organs (Retarded) Holmes to my Moriarty. A sad case. Now an inmate of Mickleover in Derbyshire, England, and completely out to lunch, His once respected name, now often used by his nephew, Ian Austin an aspiring Scotland Yard Defective

and stalker of intellectuals, his IQ, being 7, the same IQ as 14 police officers and a council car park attendant. Hi Ian thanks for dropping by.............John


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John Henson 5 years ago

Paulette my dearest, dearest friend the honour was of course mine, I can only illustrate what a writer puts before me and you placed it all before my minds eye with your superb words, verse upon mystical verse. I created a poetry style for this lady called an 'American Bardette Sonnet' Based on English Shakespearean and Classical Italian Sonnet styles, one day she will be remembered as the American Lady Shakespeare. You are a genius Paulette and that my humble drawings grace your pages is an honour indeed...............John


Taz Uddin 5 years ago

Hello John, It’s been a pleasure to get to know your writings and drawing skills and humors as well since I became familiar with your work on PFI site. Your skills represent a vast knowledge of medieval art, culture and insular art to some extent and you took the liberty of expressing as such in the poetic forms in its purest form – a bold and creative move indeed. I hope to learn and enjoy more about your writing skills and cherish forever more time to come………Taz Uddin(Pen Name syncopated).


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Taz I'm glad you enjoy my work and am honoured by your comments................John


Tony & Karen 5 years ago

Hi John,

I often wondered if the crayons, quiz books & John Bull printing outfit we sent out to you were of any use.

Obviously you have been keeping busy in between your trips to the off licence. There should be another parcel of Andrex soft toilet tissue & Pedigree Chum on its way to you soon.

Love to Jan

Tony & Karen


AJ Quackpaddle 5 years ago

aw, see Dad, I TOLD you it would be worth paying all those people to write nice stuff!

Your Loving Daughter x


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thanks Tony And Karen, I'll have you know that I've done all of my best work with those, sitting here sipping my Dandelion and Burdock scotch from my Tomee Tippy mug. the less said about the rest the better suffice it to say it worked I no longer fall over when I scratch my ear...............John


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John Henson 5 years ago

I know you did Daughter, I'll have to find another way of raising the money to pay them though, sat outside the supermarket yesterday turned my back, and some thieving toe rag nicked my begging bowl, I woldn't have minded but it had my days takings in it, and I could have done with that 3p....................Dad X


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Fantastic response to your interview John. No wonder you are writing a comedy about a detective. Seems you have some living examples among your circle. I love reading your responses. Bob


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John Henson 5 years ago

Hi Bob yes it's doing quite nicely. Ha ha yes Knuckles is based on my friend Ian who is a serving police officer and there are a few security personel and an ex police officer in there as well...............John


Lynne of many moons ago 5 years ago

Hello there John.

I have come out of self imposed exile "t'add my tanners woth"

I know it's been a long and winding road from Doe Lea,but it looks like you are in the fast lane of the motorway now lad.

Good,you so deserve it ,well done

Your work is lovely and the force is with you

Much love

Lynne x


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Lynne, this message means so much. you are not just a friend you were part of my growing up and a part of major events in my life. It doesn't matter how long I don't hear from you. You will never be forgotten. Me, I just kept scribbling away like I always did but it seems some people started to notice. Have a look at the Audio visual for my latest book 'The Chronicles Of Gildas' on Youtube there's a link on my Facebook page, it's right up your street. When my Novel 'Ecce Homo' is released you are in it as an anthropologist at the British Museum specialising in the ancient celts. You'll love it. Let me know what you think of the Gildas AV.............John


michael l schuh 5 years ago

I HAVE KNOWN JOHN FOR A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS BUT NOT IN PERSON

HE HELPS ME WITH MY WRITING OVER THE INTERNET,

THIS INTERVIEW HAS HELPED ME KNOW HIM EVEN BETTER

IT WAS OUTSTANDING LIKE EVERY THING JOHN DOES

IT WAS A PLEASURE.

MICHAEL L SCHUH


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John Henson 5 years ago

Michael, we may have never met, but one day hopefully we will, if the fates are kind. Until then my friend know that I hold you in the higher echelons of my friendships, up there with the best of them.........John


Jamal Uddin 5 years ago

I have read his poems and viewed his art work and admired them both.In a series of poems recently at PFI he opened his heart for all of us to see

what is John really like.He is surrounded by talents Ruth and Jan and I think there is poetry and arts in his home at all times including perhaps in dinner conversation.What a lucky guy you are John!Keep up the good work and be the

inspiration for all of us.

Jamal


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Jamal, your assessment of my homelife is pretty accurate, I am very lucky in the gifts that I have been given and if I am an inspiration to anyone then they will not have been wasted......John


skye henson 5 years ago

wow you have really come far I can honestly say you are the best artist I have seen :3 And your poetry is beautiful Iv read loads of your poems and they are amazing! can wait till your book comes out will you please send me a copy?


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Skye, Of Course I will send you a copy.............. Uncle John


Mary Ann Harring-Duhart 5 years ago

This is certainly an excellent page and great interview. I love your graphics and the work you extends to others. Keep up the good work..It is paying off..


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Mary, I just love sharing what I was given, I cannot see value in it if it is hidden away..............John


michael l schuh 5 years ago

john is a one of a kind man

he is one of the best poets i have had the pleasure to read

his art work if always a great additison to his poetry

i am very proud to call him my friend


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Mike, you 'Old Moonshiner' I love him. You are one of the kindest, gentlest men that I have ever known and I am proud to have you as a friend............John


Jeannette DuPont 5 years ago

Excellent interview - your work is brilliant and I hope it achieves the success it deserves x


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John Henson 5 years ago

Thankyou Jeanette, I think maybe it will, I'll just keep hacking away at it...............John


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MAFLongfellow1 5 years ago from BYESVILLE

You are an amazing poet and artist John, I is an honor to know you and your art. Great interview and God BLess you in your future endeavors ....MARILYN/MAFLongfellow


Viola Jane Tabor 5 years ago

Amazing interview John. I lived in Turkey for 2 years. From what I have read you are an amazing writer. Enjoyed reading the interview very much. God bless.


katherine stella 5 years ago

Wow glad I was able to read this wonderful interview about John I was blown away at his artworks and writing of great poetry his art covers to books are simply stunning thanks for making me smile throughout interview

and thanks for your rescue of animals too keep up the wonderful writing John God Bless

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joy 5 years ago

great interview have enjoyed your work from the start and now enjoying Ruths thanks for sharing Joy


John Henson 4 years ago

Thankyou Marilyn, I hope that things are getting better for you and that Leslie is on the mend. All my best.........John


John Henson 4 years ago

Thankyou Viola, yes Turkey is an amazing country. I enjoyed my time there. I lived there for 8 years but I have now been forced to return to the UK for health reasons. I'm glad you like my work............John


John Henson 4 years ago

Thankyou Katherine, I'm glad you like my work and my humour. I will always rescue our furry friends. I love animals, I have climbed trees and jumped in rivers to save animals and will do so while ever I am physically able to..........John


John Henson 4 years ago

Thankyou Joy, glad you liked the interview and my work. Ruth is working on her first book and it is superb. It is to be called 'The Mouse Who Dared' look out for it. She has a great talent and I am very proud of her................John

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