Author of poems printed in national and regional publications. Also factual articles and short stories. Writer of six on spec screenplays - some read (Paramount <US> and also BBC/ITV etc.) - none accepted to date. But it's great therapy! Poems published by Red Candle Press, Peace and Freedom Press and Poetry Now. This author's "concept" collection of verse & lyrics was compiled under the title "SINGING WORDS" and published by Janus Publishing.Co.Ltd. The Otley Press collection "SPOKES" (2014) - celebrating the Tour de France in Yorkshire - contains my poem "LYCRA CLAD LOONY". My CD - "POETRY TO PLEASE" contains 21 poems in verse form with music settings. One of the poems, "English Hills", was given a four page spread against superb colour landscape photos in the magazine "THIS ENGLAND". Very rewarding in content and context! Also happily writing songs, song lyrics and tunes, some recorded by Women In Country (JIP Records of Nashville, TN. USA). Admires the craft and skill of yesteryear's poets and songwriters, but can still be pleasantly impressed by more modern material. My comic-crime novel NOVEMBER UNIFORM (Grosvenor House Publishing/ISBN 9781786232502 is available from Amazon (p/back & Kindle) and on order from bookshops. NOTE. The photograph accompanying this profile entry shows a family group in our 1960s country garden after tea one summer's afternoon. I recall hurrying back to take my precarious place in a not very steady deckchair before the camera's self-timer caught up with me. The passage of time has now recently taken my brother (second left) as well as our mother and step father also seen in the picture. The family dog, Shah...an Afghan hound, is just visible in the lower centre background.
THOUGHTS AT CHRISTMAS How fitting now in deep December, When days are short and spirits low, That in our hearts we will remember Those we knew who had to go. Christmas hours are briefly bright... Their spark is spent in winter's pay And soon surrenders to each night When light retreats and fades away. But O how wonderful this living! How magical this life we own, That we are given to go on giving When time takes those that we have known. .............................................
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NEVER AGAIN - an old style ballad lyric (17/10/2021)
WHERE WAS THIS? (07/10/2021)
JUSTICE AND THE LAW - A DIVERGENCE? (30/09/2021)
LAST POST - a re-post! (14/09/2021)
IN THE WIND (09/09/2021)
"A" PLUS AND "A" MINUS (08/09/2021)
CHRISTMAS SNOW (15/12/2020)
WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND (10/12/2020)
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (A "HAPPY COVID" SONG) (01/12/2020)
THE MENIN GATE (11/11/2020)
YOU ARE THE MUSIC - song/lyric version (22/02/2020)
IT'S A HEARTACHE THING - Country Lament (22/09/2019)
DOWN BY THE MEWSTONE - folk song (21/02/2019)
AN IRISH REJOICING - song (13/02/2019)
WHERE DO YOU GO? (17/06/2018)
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