MORE than two decades working as a social worker with Dudley Council has helped inspire David Johnson to become a published poet.

Mr Johnson, a mental health social worker since 1988, is celebrating after Vanguard Press published his book - Under The Lone Night.

The 64-year-old, who works with The Poplars community mental health team in Brierley Hill, has previously seen some of his individual pieces printed in poetry anthologies but this is his first full book to hit the shops.

Cheshire-born David, who lives in Wombourne, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have had the book published.

“The inspiration for my poetry comes from many sources, including my work in mental health and other local points of interest and there is a poem in there about Dudley Castle.

“Other inspiration includes places I have visited including Wales, Ireland and Cornwall.”

Councillor Steve Waltho, Dudley’s cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “We are all very pleased for David that he has had his work recognised in this way and wish him all the best following the publication of his book.”

The book, priced £6.99, is available from Waterstones, WH Smith and online sellers such as Amazon.

For more information visit website which includes readings from some of Mr Johnson’s poems and pictures from the book launch at Waterstones in Birmingham.