John Armstrong

This poet and artist was born in Consett, County Durham and began writing aged just 13 during his time studying at a monastery in Shropshire. Famed for his amazing head of a hair and a regular at the Chelsea Arts Club, amongst Armstrong’s most poignant verses is one from his poem Who Am I in which he states: “I am the thin red line that will not yield, I am that far off corner of a foreign field, I am an Englishman!”

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  1. Yes, John is a fantastic poet, we need more like him!
    And by the way, I took that photo of him in the infamous
    Restaurant ,”The Gasworks”

  2. “The crown of literature is poetry. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes”. Somerset Maugham.
    The gentleman sums it up beautifully for me.


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