Totally delighted to be the publishing part of this new collection by Brecon poet Gareth Writer-Davies. Here, in 68 pages, Davies fleshes out his twin subjects of love and sex in poems of affection, sardonic humour and a characteristic lightness of touch that makes his first collection both exceptionally readable and an intimate pleasure. So the blurb says… Anyway, buy one <here> it’s a gorgeous publication.
As many dear readers will know, I am president, founder, chief executive, member #0001 of long-running organisation “The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society”. In this role, I am honoured to have as esteemed member number 666 Mr Dave Bennett from Wilton in Wiltshire. Dave is a tub-thumping archaeologist collector of images of tall things. He is also a very fine artist and cartoonist. And when, from our many emailic conversations, he found out about another of my whimsical wastes of time “The Welsh Space Agency (W.A.S.A.) it seemed to strike something of a chord and he sent me the two artworks you see below – the second as a Christmas present. Dave, or course, also kindly gave us page 36 in my award-winning* book T.P.A.F.B. (Key Stages 1-4). For the second image, Dave valiantly approached his son Ben’s mate Griff’s mum for her version of the Welsh caption. He also then condensed this with a version from Google translate and it is near enough for me to tell you that it says “Oh my God look! Signs of civilisation”. And with this one cartoon, Dave neatly captures two of my obsessions, Wales in Space and of course telegraph poles. Due to it not fitting fully on my scanner, I’ve alas cut off his trademark “Benny” signature from the WASA image. Thanks Dave, I am indebted to you.
Off to the aeroplane hospital you go. Hopefully to emerge transmogrified in time for Ludlow Fringe Festival. Courtesy of Matt Smart Sculptor.