2016-08-07 23:54:52 UTC
(tiny death notice from West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside, England)
From "Contemporary Authors":
"In my children's books, fact mixes with fiction. Canal Holidays resulted in Brum, while Shadows on the Sand is set in Merseyside; and the controversial ending in Your Turn to Put the Light Out was 'dictated' to me in the night.
"For sixteen years I co-organised Jabberwocky, a monthly evening of poetry old and new, published and unpublished. Jabberwocky also produced four poetry collections and enjoyed readings from national poets including Stephen Spender, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, and Douglas Dunn. I now run monthly poetry evenings at a local library, give readings, [contribute] articles for writing magazines, and adjudicate competitions.
"Reading other poets' work on radio is a responsibility I never underestimate, and I never cease to relish how radio can seduce and surprise people into enjoying poetry..."
Never a Put-up Job (poetry), Quentin Nelson, 1970.
Cherry Stones and Other Poems, Headland (Wirral, England), 1983.
No Wilderness in Them, Windows (Liverpool, England), 1984.
Midnight Walk and Other Poems, Envoi (Newport, England), 1986.
Hesitations, Brentham Press (London, England), 1990.
Trusting the Rainbow, Brentham Press (London, England), 1994.
From the Tide's Edge, Melody, 1999.
Polishing Pans, Driftwood (Liverpool, England), 2001.
UNDER PSEUDONYM TERRY ROCHE
Brum (for children), illustrated by Beryl Sanders, Dobson (Brancepeth Castle, England), 1978.
("...But Brum knew what he was doing. Looking for a home he adopts Gill, still stunned by her parents' tragic death, and with her Di, her sister, and Ken, her brother-in-law, who carves beautiful wooden figures (mos attractive to puppies), longs to leave his nine-to-five city job and is by no means sure that he wants to share their boat with a stray mongrel. The characters they encounter - friendly, eccentric or downright unpleasant - as they travel slowly through the soothing countryside (which frequently turns out to be anything but soothing) and the odd situations in which they often find themselves add up to a funny, exciting and satisfying book.' ")
Shadows on the Sand (for children), Dobson (Brancepeth Castle, England), 1979.
(" Story of a child from a one-parent family accused of shoplifting and the prejudice she encounters. Runs away to small island in Liverpool Bay, from the River Dee.")
Your Turn to Put the Light Out (young adult), Dobson (Brancepeth Castle, England), 1980.
Sprig of Wild Heather (anecdotes), 1989.
(Coeditor) Windfall (anthology), Kettleshill Press, 1994.
(Editor) Poet's England: Cunbaia, Headland (Wirral, England), 1995.
(Editor) Marigolds Grow Wild on Platforms: An Anthology of Railway Poems, Cassell, 1996.