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Poetry in Tenerife - Pat the poet aka Patricia Farnsworth-Simpson - an exclusive interview

Updated on October 9, 2013

Introduction to Pat the Poet

Tenerife Islander decided to conduct an interview with local poetess and writer Pat the Poet and here it is:

Please introduce yourself to my readers.

I was born in a small mining village in Derbyshire UK . I am very proud to say I was born a coalminer's daughter the only girl with six brothers, I became a coalminer's wife and a coalminer's Mother, but then with pit closures I never did come to be a grandmother to a miner breaking the tradition, but even so I have seen and lived life from the raw grit of having to shovel through dirt daily to make a living through to the wonderful relaxing beauty of being carefree laying on a gorgeous my favourite place on Earth which is Puerto De La Cruz, and having been all round the world I can truly say that is why I have owned a property there for over 30 years...

After the loss of my first husband through illness at a very young age I then married my school friend and my lifetime mate Tony Simpson... our Golden Wedding Celebrations were held at Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife...
We had a party for 50 guests including many of my family that flew over to join us...
My eldest son Robert and two daughters Jeannette (The renowned psychic Jeannette DuPont) and Deborah Houlding (Acclaimed Astrologer at my youngest .
Between them I now have eleven gorgeous grandchildren and six great-grandchildren at last count...

Pat the Poet and Publisher
Pat the Poet and Publisher

Pat the Poet

Patricia Farnsworth-Simpson aka Pat the Poet
Patricia Farnsworth-Simpson aka Pat the Poet

Inspiration for Writing Poetry

When did you first start writing poetry?
The first poem I wrote was done at the suggestion on my Canarian friend Mr.Hemelo Lopez-Dorta (A professor at La Laguna University) when I once asked him how I could thank him and all our other friends for their great hospitality and friendship, his reply was put it in words Pat write a poem ..
So I did and it was titled:

"The Friendship Tree"
(Dedicated to Fafine, Hermelo y Esther, Paco y Yvonne, Tony Y Trini,
Manolo y Montse and all our other friends that joined us on our walks)

We met in the woods of Tenerife
One January day in the rain
As our spirits rose we set a seed
Of friendship we vowed would remain.

This seed though set on a Winter's Day
In the damp and cold
Warmed with the joy of friendship
And its roots grew strong and bold.

Language it was no barrier
Though from distant lands we came
Our shared laughter and experience
Made us realise we're just the same.

And now this loving friendship
Is strong and steadfast like a tree
Spreading branches far and wide
For all the world to see.

And though the wind may blow a seed
Far away to a distant shore
We will keep it warm and watered
Till we return once more.

This poem I then later entered in an International poetry competition and it won me the coverted "Silver Bowl Award"... which then led to a publisher contacting me about putting it in a book , They did publishing my first book titled "There's Something in the Parlour"
so I truly do owe my start in writing to my great Canarian friend "Hermelo"
Then I turned to writing poetry more seriously when I found it gave me something I could focus on when facing a very serious worry in life ...and yes it did help me carry the cross that I felt I was carrying ... At first it was all prayers to the Lord … then all about my childhood any thing to keep my mind occupied …until I was writing “Thanks” to the Lord ….. and so then loving it I continued to write, After getting my first couple of books published my daughter, who was a website developer at the time, taught me the ropes and so that I could self publish a book titled Children in Need for the charity, this I did full of mine and other donated poetry from all my world-wide Poet friends ...
I was so happy with the outcome of this book that I then did one simular titled Save The Children ... I then carried on publishing and designing all my own books and then those of my friends
Now I am the Passionately Fair Publisher at

Pat the Poet's book covers

Book covers
Book covers

All APF Publisher's Books / Covers to Date_0001.wmv

Inspiration and Tenerife

What inspires you?

Love, life, social issues, the need to share and express that we are all and should all be as one, helping others and the great enjoyment I get when I finish a book for another and they beam with happiness at the creation and my cover design...

Please say a bit about Tenerife.

Arriving late at night from the UK on a very cold December day, I awake next morning looked out the hotel window and I was amazed at all the beauty I saw.
The sun beaming brightly in the lovely Tenerife azure sky, the wonderful sights of the banana plantsations and palm trees and the flowers ... oh! The flowers with their rainbow of colors continually blooming and growingt....the the sparkling blue waters ... 'Truly a vision of Heaven on Earth'
It so astounded me that with just a four hour flight I had come out of the snowing cold depths of England to this paradise in the sun... I came every winter after that
Then when we moved from Mansfield in the UK to Scarborough where we had bought a family Hotel we had it made ... working hard 7 x 24 for six months then like a swallow we wintered in Tenerife... I love the Canarian people and over the years I made many wonderful good friends... I am so happy and at home with them all in the wonderful Anatolia block of apartments where I live. At one time when younger I went walking with a very prominent group of Canarian people every Saturday when we would meet at 10 am. then go walking on the mountain (They took my husband Tony and everywhere explaining all the Island's History and plant life etc as we walked....then we would all finish the evening together in the Canarian restaurant to arrive back home around 10 pm feeling shattered but oh! so happy and content ... now sadly with age and loss catching up with many members of the group, our full mountain walking days are over .... but our bonded love and friendship is still very, very strong...

Poetry team

Pat the Poet and her team of fellow writers
Pat the Poet and her team of fellow writers

The Writers & Poetry Alliance

How would you describe your poetry website?

My website "The Writers & Poetry Alliance" was a golden wedding gift of two years ago created for me by my family,
This gift like a plant of love is growing and blooming, having Poets and writer members from world wide ... it is a private website where
Writers can freely and safely post their words to get an editting review from their peers ...
thus finding out another's response to what they have to say helping them to reach too if needed perfection ready for publishing....
I named it Alliance because that is just what the website is Alliance of like minded people where all are equal ...
though I do have a wonderful caring admin team that are always there to voluntary help any member with a need and with the running the site ...
In our Alliance we welcome and embrace all in a very friendly, proffessionally caring way...
Now I this site along with all the books I have published I hope will become a lasting legacy from me. to all future lovers of the written word...

Tenerife Island
Tenerife Island
Bird of Paradise flowers on the Paradise Island of Tenerife
Bird of Paradise flowers on the Paradise Island of Tenerife

Poems by Pat the Poet

The jewel of the Canary Isles,
Enriched with people full of smiles,
Natural beauty in abundance seen,
Everywhere in plants so green,
Red, yellow, Blue, Orange too,
In blooming glory all year through,
Freedom to walk unafraid and be,
Enjoying the sunshine rhuematic free!


Tenerife is wonderful,
Beautiful and grand,
Where everyone is seen,
Walking hand in hand!
Old couples too,
Are seen to kiss,
To prove showing affection
Leads to bliss!


Tenerife Island,
Is the Canaries pearl,
Where turquoise Atlantic Ocean,
Waters swirl!
Palm trees and banana plants
Vastly grow green
Among colourful flowers
To dominate the scene,

Tenerife looks like
A one breasted lady,
With her protruding Volcano,
That we call Teide!
Lying on her back
With her nipple in the sky,
Her belly is the valleys,
People love to pass by!

Like a mother that feeds,
She does so proud,
By collecting fresh water,
From amassing cloud!
Yes! Tenerife is truly,
An island of love,
A little bit of paradise,
Like Heaven above!


Pat the Poet's links

Anything else you would like to say or promote?

Though the actual poetry and publishing website is a closed members only club, I do have a public website too for all to view and see some of the great members we have and read just what the Alliance is about...and the you tube videos I have created at these links:


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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife

      Thanks for posting and I will try and let Pat know!

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      Helen Shepherd 5 years ago

      Hi Pat long time no see ......would love to make contact again, Rosanna and I often talk about you and are still awaiting that reunion in Scarboro My email is hope to hear from you soon! love Helen @ Rosannaxxx

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for your comments too, George!

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      George Ellison 6 years ago

      What a varied and full life you lead Pat, I am even more grateful for your help and support than ever after reading how it all came about!

      It is an excellent interview and I would just like to say thank you for sharing your thoughts with us it was truly enlightening!

      All the best for the future!

      God Bless your efforts

      George L. Ellison

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for your comments, Mary!

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      Mary Ann Duhart 6 years ago from Stockton Ca

      An excellent interview Pat. Your publishing and website is a blessing to all that stop by. I know it is a blessing to me and will continue to be for years to come. Continue to share for what comes from the heart reaches the hearts.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Jeannette, thank you for posting and explaining your relationship with Pat! I am so glad you have seen this!

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      Jeannette DuPont 6 years ago

      Reading this interview makes me realise what a wonderful mother I have - she has friends and inspires people from all around the world.

      I am privileged to be her daughter and extremely proud- I am what I am, because she gave me the confidence to live outside of the box. God Bless you mum xxx I love you xxxx

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you, Mollie, Earth Angel, Marianthi, Marilyn, Jan, and Pat, of course, for all these wonderful comments!

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      thank you jan so much ... pat xxx

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      Jan Henson 6 years ago

      Pat is a truly lovely lady, as this interview testifies, and her talent, especially in real life comedy poems, is vast. She has inspired many, including me, and I am very grateful to her for encouraging me to put pen to paper and therefore showing me that I really can do poetry!

      Congratulations, Pat, on another great interview. Jan xx

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      Thank you marilyn and its great to know the pleasure will be mine ... send your words as soon as you ready ... Pat xxx

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      pat simpson 6 years ago

      Thank you Earth Angel .. so glad you enjoyed ...pat xxx

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      pat simpson 6 years ago

      I thank you so much Mollie ...Pat xxx

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      MARILYN FRANCIS/MAFLongfellow 6 years ago

      AWESOME INTERVIEW Pat, You are my inspiration and hope to always be on your team of poets and friends. Can't wait to do another book with you. God bless, Marilyn/MAFLongfellow

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      Marianthi 6 years ago

      Not only through her poems does Pat reach out to all those who need a little encouragement or comfort, but also as a friend one could not wish for someone more understanding and sympathetic. She is a most gifted poet and loving friend. God Bless you Pat. Marianthi

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      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Wow! What a wonderful Hub and Love-Fest! Thank you all so much for sharing! I feel warm all over just reading it! And inspired! Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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      Mollie 6 years ago

      I admire Pat Simpson very much for her devotion to her dream and for the help she gives to other poets, she is seemingly tireless...Kudos, Pat from Mollie

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments ... your words have truly moved me ... Blessings to you all ... Pat Simpsonxxx

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for your feedback too, Kathleen!

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      lucky90250 6 years ago

      This is a heartfelt interview and you being such a close friend and someone that has achieved so much in your life on so many levels, it is mind boggling! As the publisher of my latest poetry book we worked as a great team as well! I still feel the anguish when you go over some things in your life but you rose above them and carried on like a true trooper! You were the first that took me under your wing to help me write, and ironically probably the last... Much Love Kathleen

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for your message for Pat, Sheila!

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      SHEILA 6 years ago

      Hi Pat, great interview, be seeing you in tenerife soon. Sheila x

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for enjoying this and posting your comments too, Christina!

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      Christina Jussaume 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful interview with a wonderful Christian woman that is a close friend and my Publisher. I admire her for her when someone is hurting she will come to try to assist but a comforting word or gesture.She is always helping others achieve their dream of becoming an Author. Blessings always...Christina

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Tenerife

      You are very welcome, Pat! I hope it finds you some new friends and readers!

      Thanks for posting, Terry! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Terry Hiscott 6 years ago

      Hi Pat, what a lovely interview, I've read right down to the end. Hope to see you soon, much love Terry

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      Thank you Steve you have done me a great interview...pat xxx


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