Michael Lee founded Poems in the Waiting Room UK in 1995 and acted as editor until 2010. What was to be a retirement hobby, blossomed into the most widely read national poetry publication and the most extensive arts in health programme in the National Health Service. Current circulation figures are 50,000 poetry cards a quarter.
PitWR’s first international launch was in County Kildare, Eire with the NZ project starting a few months later. Poets in Australia and South Africa have been enquiring about the project so maybe it’s on the move again.
Michael provided valuable advice when we were establishing PitWR in NZ, offered me a free license to use the copyright to PitWR and also funded the first two NZ editions.
As age and health issues prevent him from meeting the demands required by such a large project he has been making arrangements for his replacement. The NZ trustees wish Michael a happy re-entry into retirement.