Wayne Pendleton was raised in Irma, a farming community in east central Alberta, Canada.
Since Wayne's arrival in Australia in 1973 he pursued a teaching career, mainly with Queensland TAFE as a principal teacher in management studies. As part of his responsibilities he wrote lesson plans and learning material. He co-authored with Roger Vickery the first six editions of Australian Business Law published by Pearson.
Since retiring in 2010 he has pursued his love of creative writing, self-publishing The Closet Poet's Collection in February 2015. Scribbles from the Suburbs 2016 contains five of his anecdotal short stories. He is a regular contributor of short stories and poems in Writers’ Grapevine.
In September 2018 Wayne was awarded first prize from the Boonah Arts Festival for his 100 word short story Extreme Embarrassment.
Most of my poetry started out written by pen or pencil on whatever paper was available at the time; such as paper napkins (accompanying a coffee and the compulsory cookie or cake), or the inside of a emptied breakfast cereal box. The poems were collected in a scrapbook, currently residing in the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet. Many were then typed on a small portable typewriter in its tan coloured case. The scrapbook and typewriter accompanied me by car out of British Columbia, the furthest west province of Canada; down the western coast of the United States through Washington, Oregon and California. This treasured pair then accompanied me as hand luggage across the Pacific Ocean as I migrated to New Zealand and then Australia. The typewriter was eventually sold at a garage sale leading up to our most recent move in 2002. At some point my much travelled friend was replaced by a computer (Commodore 64, I believe). After many computer upgrades, I now have all my prose poetry collection saved on my desktop and backed up on a USB stick. As I have exposed my emotions and interests to you in this collection of poetry, I trust you have been touched by at least one of them.