Tony Finn was born in 1938. Educated at King’s College, Newcastle, he has an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering. Now retired, he worked originally for the engineering company, Newton Chambers, in Chapeltown, near Sheffield, and later for twenty-six years at the BP Chemicals manufacturing site at Salt End, near Hull. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and has been actively involved in the work of the Institution for many years, serving as Hull Centre Chairman and Yorkshire Branch Chairman. His interests lie in model engineering, computers, music, modern art, writing poetry, and painting watercolours. He collects marine paintings, and is a Governor of the Friends of the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, and an active member of the Hull & District Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. He lives in the 13th century town of Hedon in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Email: tony AT finnaj DOT karoo DOT co DOT uk

Welcome to my Home Page, a reflection of some of my diverse interests. Here you will find a selection of my Poetry, and Paintings, a Recipe, and some Model Engineering, in particular, Home Pages for the Hull & District Society of Model & Experimental Engineers and for The Talk Exchange (a database of speakers/talks for UK model engineering societies)

I hope you enjoy reading this poetry. All of the poems here have been published at some time, mostly in obscure places! I hope one day to publish a book of collected poems, if I can find anybody interested enough to take it on. You will notice that all of the poems are written in verse that rhymes and scans. That isn’t very fashionable these days. I haven’t got anything against blank verse, but I do believe that poetry should at least make some pretensions of scanning, even though it doesn’t rhyme.

My own favourite poets are two: John Betjeman, much of whose work is fun to read, though he also makes some interesting social comment: the other is Robert W Service, best known for “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” . His funny work is superb, but his descriptive pieces, especially about the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898, are brilliantly pictorial and rhythmic. I commend him to you as a good read.

Click here to hear the voice of Robert W Service (MP3, 211Kb) reciting part of his poem "The Spell of the Yukon"