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The portly panda bear, The Big Bamboo, represents the better parts of me. I can also claim the applause for any kind words he receives and blame him alone for poor ones!

Background Information

After many years in a variety of occupations ranging from farrier to fast jet pilot for the Royal Air Force, I started writing humorous poetry by accident (some people say it shows!). I was 36 yrs old and had just moved to Australia and on a whim wrote Name Calling. Fifteeen years later that poem is still amongst the most popular - which tells me I haven't improved too much.

The main vehicle for my rhymes is a tubby panda bear called The Big Bamboo. I chose a panda because, being black and white, they represent both extremes of life and living. I wanted a character, a force, an entity that captured all races and creeds as well as all opinions. My mother was Chinese-Malay, my father, English-Irish, and I have lived variously in Malaysia, Germany, the UK and also Australia. This spread of loyalties and experiences left me a confirmed internationalist.

My childhood was shared with a myriad of wildlife as my father had a penchant for collecting exotic animals - mostly reptiles. But we also had foxes, a weasel, many types of wild birds living with us and most famously a pet Lar Gibbon, a type of tailless monkey, that shared my cot with me until I was almost two years old that would also bottle feed me and later spoon feed me.

Nature and the preservation of our environment is two of the themes I frequently bring into my poetry. But whether it is nature or simply observations about life I write about, it is important to me that my work educates as well as entertains.

Birth Place
Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia

I don't know about literary achievements or awards - but at the age of 21 when I was learning to fly with the Royal Air Force, I did manage to touch wheels upon a passing Weetabix truck. My superior officers were not as impressed as I was (or as shocked as the driver of the vehicle) so consequently I left her Majesty's forces!

Getting my illustrated poetry published after a 15 yr wait is, I suppose, a form of achievement. And the sales of almost 90,000 copies confirms what I knew all along, that the vast majority of publishers know nothing about the commercial potential of what they assess. They all seem to carry the emasculating chloroform of conservatism.

Additional Information

I have recently returned from a trip in far north Queensland where I visited a number schools and taught the children (aged 7 to 12) how to write humorous rhyme and also how to illustrate. This is something I am hoping to do much more of once the books are officially launched early next year.

Contact Information
The Big Bamboo himself!
29 Nalkari Avenue Wyoming, NSW 2250
Wyoming  2250   Australia
Contact Author: Martin Killips

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