All About Peter
Encouraging the dog to bark
Social distancing in the park
Going out on my bike for a ride
Acting like I’ve something to hide
Setting off on a gentle run
With my gloves and face mask on
plans go well till kissing gate
After you. No you. I’ll wait.
Both turn around and head away
that’ll be our exercise for the day.
The Book Cover for Show me the Way to Santiago will be revealed through my publisher on the 31st March. A picture of the cover will also be posted here on that day.
I spent time with Alyson Rhodes, as part of a workshop looking at inspiration for writing that can be derived from a cemetery (Bingley Cemetery on this occasion). The second of the two workshops was cancelled due to Coronavirus. However, I have so far produced two poems from the day. I will add this to my collection of poems about graveyards.
This poem is one of them:
Was it the moss that lichened him to the stone?
Did he spend a life of meaning whilst alive?
Beneath the earth remains of calcified bone
Whilst above the ground granite memorials loom,
Near lies MARINA, who died by the ocean
Here the ‘sea’ is wave upon wave of headstones
that stretch eastwards; an army moving in slow motion
marching on the spot, watching over loved ones.
There are the well tended and neglected plots
Homing a no longer old husband or wife
Graves of the haves and also of the have nots
long livers and some who died young in a strife
Some sought religion before they passed over
Others found a different faith late in life
But the one thing each gravestone had in common
words mourning their passing, that cut like a knife
Date for publication is 18th April. This would have been my father’s 100th birthday. Pre-orders of the book are now being taken
I collected a hard copy of the book yesterday from my publisher. We are now both going through it with a fine tooth comb to make any final adjustments, before it heads to the printers. As soon as I have a publication date and a date by which pre-orders can be made I will post a further update.
In the current coronavirus pandemic situation a number of provisional book – launch events have had to be put on hold. Rachael, my editor and publisher of Curious Cat Books will be rescheduling some of these events in the fullness of time, when we are advised it is safe to do so.
Thank you to Jenny and Kevin for filming and editing this little video of Stan performing my monologue at the LeedsLit Fest Pub Theatre event at the Adelphi.
The LeedsLitFest event (From Darkness into Light) at the Adelphi pub in Leeds in two days time, is sold out. My monologue about living with my dead mother-in-law for sixteen years will be performed, along with ten other short (5 minute) pieces. Good luck to all the other performers and writers. If the night is as good as last year it will be a memorable one for the ninety people who will witness all the performances.
Currently mulling over options for book cover design and will share options with fellow writers this week. Hope to have agreed design by the weekend. This will facilitate discussions and agreements for a date of publication next month and also a prior date, when pre-orders of Show Me The Way To Santiago will be able to be placed.