About Down's Syndrome : Katie

Meet Katie. She has just released a poetry book in which the profits will be donated to the Down’s Syndrome Association. Thank you so much Katie! 

My name is Katie. I am 26 years old.

My hobbies are dancing, singing, my cat Willow, listening to music on my iPod and playing on my PS4 and iPad. But there is something more important to me than all of them, (except for Willow of course!) and that is composing my poems.

Writing a poem is one way to express my feelings. If I feel down, sad, or even ill, I can put those feelings down into words. If poem writing has taught me anything, it’s about the here and now, and affecting other people. It could be in a sad or a positive way, it could remind you of worries you once had or something happy in your life.

So this is why I write poems, to hopefully, make you feel safe, even if you’re alone, and to keep you going, even if you feel afraid and want to hide.

Out of the blue, my Uncle Pete got Mum to play detective and she took photos of my poems and sent them over to him. He put them together with some pictures and got a book of them printed for my birthday. I was amazed, and it inspired me to write even more poems!

The book is called Willow and other poems. We are going to sell the book and raise money for the DSA. Here is me reading one of my poems from the book:

I hope my poems can shine a light through the darkest times.

Love from Katie.

To get your hands on a copy of Katie’s poetry book and help raise money for the DSA, please either email katiew_poems@btinternet.com  or message on Facebook here: facebook.com/katiespoems 

To find out a bit more about Katie and her poems, we asked her a few more questions.

How would you describe yourself?

I have a good sense of humour and like to make people laugh.

Have you always loved poetry?

Yes, but I only started to write poems about 6 years ago.

What inspires you?

Willow my cat, people nature and animals

What made you want to make a poetry book?

My Uncle Pete secretly made a small booklet of some of my poems as a surprise for me. Here is when I first saw the booklet for the first time.

What advice would you give to people who want to write poems?

Express your feelings and what mood you are in when you write.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Dancing, singing, cooking, music on my ipod and Chocolate

Anything else you would like to add?

The thing I love to do most of all is spend time with my cat Willow. I love her and she inspired me to write my first poem. What a clever girl she is.

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