A Book of Poems

A Book of Poems

by Martin Willcocks


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I wrote these poems at various times during my life, beginning when I bought my first typewriter from a friend before I went off to college. Many were written in Cambridge, England, in the 1960's. After a visit to my maternal ancestors' home town of Whitby, Yorkshire, I wrote The Romance of Beggar's Bridge, the central work in this collection. We visited again in 1997, with my young son, when I had discovered that one pair of my 3rd great-grandparents had been married nearby in Egton Church - the cover photos are from that visit, when the river Esk was in full flood, giving me a real insight into Tom Ferres' plight the night before he sailed to fight the Spanish Armada and vowed to build the bridge, now almost 400 years old. Other poems date from the late 80's and early 90's, and the book closes with a short story written in 1967, during the filming of the Battle of Britain movie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470060817
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.05(d)

About the Author

Martin Willcocks was born in northeast London in 1938, the son of a pharmacist. At the age of two, German aircraft began bombing London nightly, but the children were not evacuated. At four, he had a serious knee infection, and was in the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital for an extended period. While at secondary school, the family moved about fifty miles north when his grandmother died.
It was at that time that he started writing "Rain" and other poetry. He went to Bristol University to study physics under Professor Powell and Dr. David Bohm. In 1960, he moved to Cambridge, where he lived for eleven years, and after five years at Pye Ltd., an electronics manufacturer, moved to an upstart London company, Sinclair Radionics Ltd. as Chief Engineer. Sinclair grew to over 250 people and moved first to Cambridge, then to St. Ives, garnering many Queen's awards for product design and innovation.
Martin moved on to a small company called TATE Audio, where he invented a quadraphonic decoder that brought him to America. The decoder was integrated by National Semiconductor Corp., and used widely in movie theaters by Dolby Laboratories, Inc. for the initial launch of Dolby Surround (then called Dolby Stereo.)
He then moved to Los Angeles, having married a "friendly native" and lived in Westchester for most of thirteen years. He worked for AudioMobile, Inc., a company that designed and built high fidelity automobile sound systems, many of which were installed in celebrity-owned vehicles.
In 1990 he moved to Utah, separating from his first wife, and joined Fosgate, Inc. to assist in development of a new surround sound decoder. Subsequently divorced, he remarried and has a teenage son. He then turned his attention to medical electronics, engineering much of the high voltage generator for the acclaimed OEC Model 9800 mobile C-arm X-ray machine. This got the attention of General Electric, which acquired OEC in 1999. In 2003 he retired from GE, and has worked part time as a consultant in relation to electrical engineering and patents. He is a former member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and has published numerous technical papers.
As a longtime member of the Episcopal Church he also studied Education for Ministry, graduating in 1999, and currently edits the church newsletter, service programs and Facebook page for St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, West Valley City, Utah.

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