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Author: Peter Kay

Show Me The Way To Santiago – update

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.

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Mother-in-Law

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.

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Book Cover

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.

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Rehearsals went well

A very enjoyable and productive two hours spent in Hull this evening with David Windle (Director) and Stan Haywood (Actor), rehearsing my monologue “Mother-in-Law” ready for it’s premier at the Adelphi in Leeds on the 5th March.

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Great night from many splendid poets from near and far at HEART in Headingley.

Thought I’d post one of the three poems I read tonight, entitled Where has all the truth gone

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Leeds Pub Theatre update

Happy to announce that thanks to my fellow IWG writer and friend David Windle, Stan Haywood is going to perform the monologue at the Adelphi in Leeds on the 5th March. Looking forward to joining David and Stan in Hull very soon to start rehearsals.

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Rhubarb at The Triangle

A brilliant evening of poetry and prose at my local ‘open mike’ evening in Shipley last night.

The range, diversity and excellence of the contributions was truly amazing.

Headline poet Ian Humphreys was brilliant too.

I shared the Prologue from ‘Show Me The Way To Santiago’, which went down very well.

Maybe a couple of months away from publication.

Watch this space for further details

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A Pennine Way Odyssey

Self-published in 2012

Available through the Author, via Amazon or from

Equality Together, Manningham Mills Community Centre, Lilycroft Road, Bradford, BD9 5BD

http://equalitytogether.org.uk/

Recommended retail price £7.99

All proceeds to benefit the continuation of singing groups for disabled people within the Bradford district

Read more here:https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10325949.peters-pennine-way-book-boosts-bradford-singing-groups/

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DARKNESS

 

And in the darkness I hear the call

Wonder whether the lustrous moon is up

To witness the random slaughter

Inside I read stories to my daughter

Shut out the reality and stench of the kill

Stroke her hair and sing a lullaby

Though my blood is curdled by the cry

And in my head my other self asks why?

 

Later as dawn approaches I am awake

Thoughts tumbling upon each other in my head

I rise and check my daughter’s breathing

Watch her perfect child-like body heaving

Outside a sudden gust of wind rattles the gate

The owl makes a last call before handing on

The mantle of birdsong to the blackbird

Whilst I can only ponder the absurd

 

Ask again why she had to die

And whether next time I stand

on the precipice of the bridge

I will dare to jump

To shut out once and for all

Both the darkness and the call

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WELCOME TO MY HOME PAGE

I am, a writer, poet, runner, gardener and long distance walker. I have written non-fictional books, stories of journey’s undertaken, short stories, Children’s Books and poetry. My latest book about a 625 mile pilgrimage journey through Spain will be published on the 18th April 2020, courtesy of CuriousCatBooks.

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