Louis Hemmings


Welcome to Louis Hemmings’ poetry and writing

Consider checking his poetry, his magazine articles, or his YouTube links. Or, why not have a look at his friends many photos and illustrations, many of which were commissions, to illustrate his writing for the visually-driven online generation.

A brief biographical background

Louis has been writing since 1972. His first ever poem had an asupicious beginning. That poem was Louis’ first “teenage trauma” poem, which was hastily dumped. His boarding school girlfriend was curious about it. She retrieved it from the classroom bin, and sellotaped it back together….

By 1973 Louis dropped out of secondary school. He later completed his education, by attending two summer writing courses, at Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1981. That same year Louis went on to win a major Poetry Ireland competition. Poetry Ireland, as well as a few obscure magazines, have published his poetry since then.

Louis’ writing mentor was the blind / deaf Cornish poet, Jack Clemo. They exchanged over one hundred letters until Clemo died in 1994.

In 2014, to commmemorate the 21st anniversary of his stillborn daughter, Louis produced a graphic-novel style video short and booklet. The video was part-featured as a dvd extra on RETURN TO ZERO (Minnie Driver). This video-short was also broadcast on German television. It is available as a multi-language download.

In 2016 Louis spent 70 days on a rural writing retreat and wrote multiple poems, totalling 300 poems at year’s end.Some of those poems are featured in his latest collection, ‘How to make Stubborn Pianos Sing True!’

His poetry themes have covered dramatised biographies (historical and personal) as well as a few slapstick themes, all written in accessible, rhyming format.

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How to Make Stubborn Pianos Sing True!

How to Make Stubborn Pianos Sing True!

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