NOTES FROM SANDRA AT SMH

JOSTLING WITH THE PEARS

The front cover illustration for JOSTLING WITH THE PEARS was drawn by Euan Dunn, whose cartoons for our WITHIN THE GLADE - Poems for Children (of all ages) by Patrick Moore, have been hailed as little masterpieces.

Euan Dunn (Head of Marine Policy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which he describes as his 'day job') also provided two beautiful inter-textual drawings for 'JOSTLING'. These compliment the nostalgic sixteen pages of full-colour photographs, long carefully saved by the author.

POETRY TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

As a long-time published poet and lover of other people's poetry, too, I am totally committed to encouraging people to write poetry. For me, it is the greatest, most versatile, and most accessible art form.

On the front flyleaf of WITHIN THE GLADE, the late and great Sir Patrick Moore's poems for Children (of all ages!), I incorporated a mini-lecture!

The poems (we compose), whatever our age, could never have been written by anyone else They are ours, out of our own thoughts: unique. However, they should be written not just because we have to, but so that they may be read by others It is the sharing of our thoughts that give them universal value.

If our poems are good enough (and we can work on them to make them so) then others will enjoy them - as they will, without doubt, enjoy Patrick's own special offerings...

It's a conviction that has led me to offer Poetry Workshops and Poetry Readings, to adults as well as children and this programme will continue through 2014 and on. They are lovely, lively, happy events. One springs easily to mind. I gave two mornings of Readings and Workshops at ACE - Arundel C of E Primary School. I began by reading from WITHIN THE GLADE. Suddenly, there were children all round me. They snatched the book from my hands (I didn't mind a bit!) and read poems for themselves. In the second part of each session, they wrote poems for me. All had merit; some were extremely beautiful as well as original.

THE LUCKY ONES

For more than two decades I worked and re-worked THE LUCKY ONES. It is a series of eight plays, based-on and inspired-by The Eight Beatitudes, momentous teachings by Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. They are now ready to be performed on television or radio, although the plays were first written with television in mind.

I am seeking a production company who likes the idea of taking these on, for radio or TV production, and would welcome discussion with anyone showing interested.

S.S.