Elias puts Cleckheaton on the poetry map!

Former Manchester United Under-21 footballer Ellias Seymour had his latest work 'dear god' published in an anthology.
Former Manchester United Under-21 footballer Ellias Seymour had his latest work 'dear god' published in an anthology.

A poet who has published more than 80 works is celebrating his latest work appearing in a new anthology.

Elias Seymour, of Rooks Avenue, Cleckheaton, has this month had his poem, Dear Lord, published in a book entitled I Believe.

Elias cites his faith as his main inspiration behind his work.

He said: “I have been writing poetry for more than 25 years.

“I have always been interested in words that rhyme, but my vocabulary is a bit better than it was when I was eight, so I’d like to think I’ve improved in that time!

“But my main inspiration is my faith – I have always been a devout Christian and I take my religion very seriously. I just want to use this poem to celebrate my love of god.”

As far as his poetic influences go, Elias, 33, prefers a more classical approach.

He said: “My main influences are probably Rudyard Kipling and John Keats – I find their poetry more inspiring than many of the contemporary poets.”

A former footballer for Liversedge FC, Elias had trials with Manchester United in his youth before injury brought an end to his playing career.

He then turned his way with words to rap – and became a garage music MC – travelling to perform in Aiya Napa in 2003.

Elias then focused his talents on poetry and, after featuring in so many books said he would like to get a book deal of his own.