(so long as it is legal and decent)
choose the style of your poem
- serious - witty - sombre congratulations - celebrations anniversaries
- in memoriam
and email details of the subject to Time
Me A Topic" Begs Local Poet!
the renowned composer, lyricist and master of radio and TV musical comedy,
has written the Foreword to a new book just published by Pennington
poet Rosamund Browne. Entitled 'Give Me A Topic' the book comprises
a diverse mix of poems, rhymes and ditties in her inimitable style -
and the very phrase 'Give me a topic' provides the clue to Ros's link
For, with his
own brand of drollery, he commences his Foreword.... "Rosamund Browne
and I have corresponded haphazardly for many years. We have one odd
thing in common, in that we both enjoy people shouting at us. Indeed,
we often ask them to. Whatever the shouter shouts, we then try and turn
into rhyme. This solves one of the questions people ask poets (when
they're not shouting at them). This is "Where do you get your inspiration?"
The answer is always "From other people", but it's usually done more
subtly, by observing, befriending or generally infiltrating. Rosamund's
and my method is to ask for ideas directly, double forté, and it speeds
things up no end."
opened bookshop Ottakars will be selling the book, and the new managers
have generously offered to arrange a book-launch in the shop on Saturday
21st July; Ros will be there to sign copies from 10 am. For each copy
sold, she will be sending a donation to The Orpheus Centre, a residential
arts centre for young disabled people, at North Park Lane, Godstone,
And this is another
link with Richard Stilgoe, for not only is he the founder of The Orpheus
Centre, but it is based at his own home in Godstone and he is now its
full time Director. Richard converted his barn into a theatre where
all the variously disabled students taking drama courses - some are
in fact residents - are encouraged also to learn stagecraft in addition
to composing and writing.
Those who are acquainted
with Ros will know the astonishing degree to which her rare style of
humour and astute observation of the quirkiness and frailties of the
human condition are so accurately reflected in her poems. And all this,
it should be noted, despite or perhaps because of, herself being a cerebral
palsy sufferer - she prefers the more descriptive phrase Spastic Paraplegic.
To read such poems
as Fly on a Surgery Wall, Potty Training Triplets, The Crossing of the
Bed, Seat Belt Embarrassment and All Things Bright & Beautiful, to name
but a few from the wealth of material in this book, is to discover a
whole new meaning to the word 'inspired'.
has lived for many years at Pennington with her husband Allan, a former
BBC Studio Manager, and their daughters Holly and Hannah. She divides
her time between running the home, writing articles and, specifically,
composing poems to order under the title Time for Rhyme. And thanks
to her recently set up website, orders arrive from far afield by email
and telephone. "These are requests for poems for all occasions," says
Ros - "poems that may be funny or serious, witty or sombre, congratulations,
celebrations, commiserations, poems for anniversaries and even In Memoriam,
the range of subjects I am asked to write about seems to be endless."
with Ros's work will be aware of her previous book of poems and sonnets,
and of her radio work - in recent years she has been featured on BBC's
'Women's Hour', on the 'Does He Take Sugar' programme on BBC Radio 4,
on the Anne Diamond Capital Radio Show, on Radio Solent and Two Counties
Radio - and just recently some of her work was read on BBC Radio 4's
Sunday morning programme 'Something Understood'. At Christmas 1997 and
again in 1998, Ros appeared at the annual Christmas show organised by
the Stars Organisation for SCOPE (formerly known as the Spastics Society)
at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.