Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gladys Mary Coles and SONG OF THE BUTCHER BIRD

Last night I went to the launch of a friend's anthology of poetry called THE SONG OF THE BUTCHER BIRD. Gladys Mary Coles is a poet, biographer, novelist and teacher and is the person most responsible for my becoming a published writer. For over ten years I went, most Wednesday evenings, to her two hourly sessions in a local school, and her encouragement over that time was invaluable. THE SONG OF THE BUTCHER BIRD is her tenth volume of poetry and leafing through the one that catches me is one called Ithaca-Liverpool and is about her father walking along the beach remembering war.

The entire anthology is about war in one form or another - past and present. Since Gladys Mary is also an historian there some interesting footnotes - and in one section an excerpt from her recently-completed novel which features the blossoming of a young poet during the first world war. She read some of this out during her launch and I am very much looking forward to reading the rest.


Blogger Jan said...

I agree with all this, Clare, as you know!
Lots of folk in this city thank GMC for opening their eyes and/or developing interests/even talents they had no idea they possessed...
She is a rare wonderful bird!

Fri Nov 02, 04:59:00 pm  

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