Clive Atkins was born in 1953 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Like a lot of people in High Wycombe his family worked in the chair making industry, his father being a chair maker. He had a happy childhood with his mother and father and younger brother and lived in a council house in the Micklefield district.
His early school days were difficult as he found watching the magpies in the woods from the classroom window more preferable than studying his reading. Football and cricket were also great passions, which have continued to this day. In his senior school days at Hatters Lane School and later at Wycombe College
Clive flourished and had a number of poems published in the school magazine.
Clive progressed in a business career and has done well but his great love other than sport has been the written and spoken word. He has written lyrics and songs and likes provocative subject matter. His lyric writing has progressed into poetry and he has had numerous works published in anthologies and magazines.
Clive likes to write about life situations and how they affect people. He likes to explore relationships, love, growing up, social injustices, environmental issues, but also has a sense of humour, which comes through in a number of his poems.
His influences are drawn from various modern forms, but music has been a major force, The Kinks, The Jam, Sting and Billy Bragg. His humour is influenced by Spike Milligan and John Cleese and Sir John Betjeman, Roger McGough and Pam Ayres are poets he enjoys reading. Clive tries to avoid influences wherever possible to maintain spontaneity and originality.