John Botterill remembers Malton's A64 in new volume of poetry

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Write Out Loud regular and former resident of Malton in North Yorkshire, John Botterill, has produced a second volume of his poetry. All Roads Lead to Malton is described as a “poetic, autobiographical trip down Memory Lane, following a path from early childhood, primary school through to university and adulthood”.

The setting, initially, is rural Yorkshire but we follow John’s journey to many other places as well. It includes a poetic lament about being stuck behind caravanners on the A64 road to the coast, which will strike a chord with many travellers in the region (‘A64 Blues’), and also looks back to the era of Mods and Rockers in the poem ‘Rillington Motorbike Club’.

John, a retired teacher aged 65, now lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. His book is available on Amazon for £6.99  with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. His previous collection, Released on Licence, was published under the name of JG Barwell a few months ago.

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Nigel Astell

Mon 13th Mar 2023 11:35

Tuned in to ALL FM yesterday with you chatting to Ruth all about both your book and looking back at your life since coming out and how sharing your poetry on W.O.L has helped you so much.

Great show John loved all your poems read out.🎓

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 25th Feb 2023 16:55

Looking forward to this one. It is for a very worthy cause.
Well done, John!

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