A KIRKCALDY woman has become a national poet after entering one of her poems into a UK-wide anthology competition.
What started out as a hobby for Myra Wimpenny has led to her earning a place in the National Poetry Anthology - an annual compilation of the best of UK poetry.
The competition, which is the biggest in the UK, attracts thousands of entries every year.
And Myra’s poem, ‘And So It Begins’, pushed aside any competition it faced to get a coveted place in the book.
Myra, who worked at Kirkcaldy Golf Club and now uses her retirement to put pen to paper, told the Press the inspiration behind her poem, about the moment immediately before a baby is born, was the birth of her granddaughter Pepper.
She said: “I’d only ever written poetry for family, and family occasions.
‘‘I don’t normally enter competitions but my family really encouraged me to put in for it, so I’m very glad I did now.
“I normally just write when the inspiration strikes.
‘‘This poem is about immediately before a baby is born - a voice from the womb. My granddaughter, who’s now six, was the inspiration behind it.
‘‘As long as there’s inspiration, I’ll keep going with it!”
Myra completed an Open University course in poetry last year, which she says gave her more of an insight into how poetry works - and now she can open a book and see her name in print.
Peter Quinn, of United Press, the competition orgnisers, are now looking for the next poets to include in this year’s anthology.
Around 250 regional winners have been picked every year since the competition began more than a decade ago.