Saturday, April 28, 2018

Poetry Reading, The Lighthouse, Deal, Kent on Thursday 26 April

Here's a couple of photographs taken at the Soundlines Poetry evening on 26 April. The first one's of the readers taken at The Lighthouse in Deal. It's actually the last regular Soundlines poetry event at the pub and I was honoured to be one of  two special feature poets of the evening.Thank you to Gary and Jeff for inviting me to read. Thanks also to Soundlines and the audience for the warm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere on the evening. 




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poetry Reading at The Lighthouse, Deal Kent

I've been offered a short poetry reading slot at The Lighthouse pub in Deal, Kent

It's going to happen on Thursday 26 April


It starts at 8.00




50 The Strand, Walmer, Deal, Kent, UK

Entry is free!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Haiga





in the grey
shallows, they wander
a path of light

Photograph by Hugh Griffiths 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Poetry Workshop cornerHouse Community Arts Centre Surbiton

Everyone is welcome
beginners or experienced writers


On:
Saturday 5 May 2018

From:
10.30 am - 12.30 pm

At:
The cornerHouse Community and Arts Centre

116 Douglas Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT6 7SB


Led by:
David Loffman



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Poetry Reading, The Troubadour, 5 March, 8.00pm

I'm one of about 50 poets invited to read at the mirror, mirror themed party evening as part of the coffee house poetry programme at The Troubadour.



Address: 263-265 Old Brompton Road, SW5

On: Monday 5 March

Starts: 8.00

Admission: £7.00 on the door



Come along and enjoy an evening of poetry, music and prizes!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Poetry Reading The cornerHOUSE Arts and Community Centre Surbiton

Poetry Reading
on the themes Spring, Solitude and Science

On
Friday 16 March 2018

From
8.00 pm

At
The cornerHOUSE Community and Arts Centre

116 Douglas Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT6 7SB

Admission
£5.00

Wine & Cheese



Poetry Workshop The CornerHOUSE Community and Arts Centre Surbiton


Free Poetry Workshop




On:
Saturday 17 February 2018

From:
10.30 am - 12.30 pm

At:
The cornerHouse Community and Arts Centre

116 Douglas Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT6 7SB


Led by:
David Loffman



Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Poetry Reading

I'm reading a poem at The Troubadour this Monday 11 December. I'll be there from 6.00 to drink myself into the reading. The evening starts at 8.00. Come and join us.

The Troubadour


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Slow movement

I've been searching for this recording of  the slow movement of Rodrigo's Concierto De Aranjuez. Now suddenly I found it again - probably 40 years after I first heard it. I think it is an extraordinary recording. I first heard it in the late 1970's but somehow I managed to lose track of my vinyl record. I'd moved home several times and then the CD thing happened. 

A few months ago I tried again to search it on YouTube and incredibly I found it. I thought I'd posted it to this blog but I can't find it. So here it is.

Enjoy!!







Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Poetry reading tonight

I'm one of several poets reading at the Corner House Arts Centre in Surbiton this evening. It should be fun!



Click here for a link to their website.

Monday, August 07, 2017

If It Be Your Will - Leonard Cohen and The Webb Sisters


I'm writing a poem at the moment and have been drawn to this song / prayer / poem.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saturn's Arctic

Below is the image I used for the poem Two Springs.

Although the photograph - taken  from the Cassini space probe in 2006 - uses false colour to highlight the complex weather systems at Saturn's arctic, I've written the poem based on this photograph rather than what you can actually observe on the planet.


Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Here is an edited reading of the poem I read at The Troubadour on the 26 June 2017




I hope you enjoy the poem


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Troubadour Coffee-House Poetry End of Season Party

It was a great end of season poetry party at The Troubadour last Monday night.

It was a great evening full of lively and interesting poetry from a whole range of poets. 

I loved every minute of it.

I'm incredibly grateful to Anne-Marie Fyfe who runs Coffee-House Poetry evenings at The Troubadour. She continues to be a support to me and hundreds of poets out there.

Greg Freeman was there with his own poem, a camera and note book. Here's a link to Write Out Loud where you can find the review of the evening. He even mentions me and quotes a line from the poem I read.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poetry at The Troubadour 26 June at 7.30


On Monday 26 June there's a poetry party at The Troubadour in London.

It's going to be hot. It's going to be crowded. There's going to be music. There's going to be wine! There's going to be poetry.

Come and join us!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Richmond Park - A film

I found a 20 minute video made by the Friends of Richmond Park, produced by Media Trust and narrated by David Attenborough . I thought I might share it with you. 


The park has been an important place for me over many years. An inspiration! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Good Friday music

There are 2 pieces of music I play on Good Friday.

The first is Allegri's Miserere performed by the Tallis Scholars. Here is a magnificent recording of it.


The second piece of music is John Taverner's Prayer of the Heart. Here is a recording of it from youtube



They are two incredible pieces of music.

I hope you find them helpful. 

Pink Floyd and Echoes



A good friend and I have a project to play every studio Album released by Pink Floyd. About once a week we get together and play the next record. On Thursday we played Meddle, released in 1971. So far we've played, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, - we played Zabrinskie Point because I mislaid my copy of Meddle, and then last Thursday Meddle.




So far it's been a pretty dull affair. And I'd call myself a good fan of Pink Floyd.

I could probably name the number of good songs on two hands in these records. Oh okay then I will. They are Astronomy Domine, Interstella Overdrive and Bike. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, A Saucerful of Secrets and Jugland Blues, - the live set on Ummagumma - which includes Careful with that Axe Eugine, Granchester Meadows, Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast might have been included if it wasn't for the kitchen. Fearless - the football fan sound effects are fairly marginal and finally Echoes.

With Echoes there is a transformation in the sound. Suddenly everything is working together. The sound effects of whale song and crows cawing work incredibly well with Richard Wright's atmospheric keyboards and Dave Gilmore's stark guitar. The different movements of the piece and the shift from one movement to the next works very well for me. 

I've not heard the studio recording of Echoes for a very long time - decades in fact. But I have watched a live performance on youtube over the last few years. I think it is an amazing recording.

Anyway hearing the studio recording again I remembered why I'd become such a fan. Echoes stands the test of time. It had taken Floyd a long time to mature as a group. If I'd been following them since their UFO club days in 1967, I think I would have long given up on them. Honestly, its been a real trudge after the promise of Syd Barrett's songs- and even here there are some very low points, through hopeless film sound tracks, and then the Walter's early years. Then suddenly they emerge into the light for - if I was generous the next 4 and a half albums. But in truth only 2 and a half of the next 5 records.

Musically they were such a limited group. On Echoes I can still hear a Saucerful of Secrets and I can hear fragments of The Wall, recorded 13 years later. Echoes indeed! I wonder what it was that struck me about them? There really wasn't much to appeal to me.

The first time I heard Pink Floyd was sometime between 1974 and the summer of 1975. A friend led me into a record shop. Discoveries in Harrow. Outside were boxes filled with second hand records. There were rows of them. The front of the shop was a green grocer's. But at the back in a second room behind the Green grocers was the record shop. I still remember walking up to the counter. My friend must have said something to the guy behind the counter. Then silence. I waited till I could hear the first clicks of a clock, a synthesizer gathering definition, an overdubbed voice. I loved it. In those first 10 seconds of The Dark Side of the Moon my world had changed forever.   

The experience of the UFO club in London must have been very intense. Their fans must have been incredibly loyal, having to wait a tortuous 4 years before anything truly remarkable emerged.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jason Bourne - a short review



Jason Bourne is a disappointing post script to the Bourne Trilogy - we won't even mention the Bourne Legacy - because this film - Jason Bourne - is far superior in so many ways. However it still fails to meet the quality of the original trilogy.

There was nothing new. Repetition of ideas began to creep in to the trilogy - but only once or twice. Watching Jason Bourne was revisiting the shadows or ghosts of the original scripts and episodes. There was nothing to raise the film above the other three. Car chases, one to one fight scenes, unrelenting action that rises with tension, falls and rises again to an even more extreme pitch were all done far better in the original. 




Jason Bourne is too crowded. There are epic crowd scenes especially in Athens. How did they do that? But in the end it contributed nothing positive.It left me feeling confused and dazed without the satisfaction of serious plot developments.

Jason Bourne is too fast. There's not enough time to develop character. Perhaps I'm just out of date. But showing is better than telling especially in film. And I need more than one establishing shot. I think, plot and character need to be established again and again from a variety of different perspectives. 
Because the action is so fast - we move all over the place - I began to loose faith in the physicality of the action. 




Plot. There were aspects of the plot that almost worked. I can believe that Nicky Parsons has grown a conscience and is now challenging the work of the security forces. I thought the narrative concerning social media and Wikileaks was also good ground to establish a plot line. But again these need to be simple and need time to develop carefully. 
Perhaps the trilogy allowed character and plot to develop over a three film arc. Now established Greengrass and Damon must have thought all they needed to develop was plot. But this was patchy and didn't really convince me of its fundamental value. 
OK! I can accept a revenge plot in which an asset exposed by Bourne wants him dead. But this is given a too lighter touch. David Webb's father Richard Webb didn't really take off at all. I want to write that it doesn't take much to establish these features - a few seconds here, a slow meditative shot there, but I'm aware I'm probably writing about a multi-million dollar enterprise in which those kinds of shots are just too expensive. 



So next time I come back to the Bourne films will I watch 3 or 4 films. Well maybe 4 next time. But thereafter probably only 3.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jackself by Jacob Pooley - a short review - spoiler alert

When I came away from the T. S Eliot short list reading at the Royal Festival Hall in January this was the book I least expected to win. Alice Oswald seemed to me to me the front runner. So it took a little while for me to buy Jack Pooley's collection Jackself. Even once I'd bought it - in February, I reluctantly picked it up to read. And yes it took me a little while to get into this collection.


Perhaps I was put of by the cover - a dismembered paper cartoon puppet without a face. Or maybe the title. But whatever the reason. I struggled to begin with.

But it grew on me. Sometimes playful, sometimes dream like. At other times dark and disturbing. Jackself is a series of loosely linked poems about Jackself - Jacob Pooley's childhood in rural Cumbria.

There's a patchy narrative arc that begins with Jackself. Then poems about the friendship between Jackself and Jeremy Wren. They are adolescent, challenging, playful and disturbing in their behaviour, their conversations and their view of the world.

I enjoyed reading about rural and village life. It is descriptive and detailed. I enjoyed reading about  the boys friendship. It's both humorous and honest. The boys seem restless, adrift and without meaning. Except in their friendship. Sometimes. And yet I couldn't invest the poems with value. Perhaps that's down to Pooley writing from an adolescent perspective.  Maybe that is the nature of adolescence. 

But then Jeremy Wren dies. He commits suicide. I don't know why.  Pooley evokes a strong sense of loss and this is really powerful and moving? Is it? So I suppose I found the emotional distancing - not only with the death but throughout the collection - a struggle. I suppose I expected some kind of resolution, closure or healing. But there was none. That's not a weakness in the writing. It reveals my own immaturity as a reader and especially as a reader of contemporary poetry.

Oh well! Ho hum! I'll try and write a better review next time.   



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let Them Eat Chaos performed by Kate Tempest

Here is Kate Tempest performing her poem Let Them Eat Chaos.



Wow! I woke up at 4.00 am yesterday morning and couldn't get back to sleep. About 20 minutes later I was sitting in our sitting room, wrapped in a blanket, a reading light on and Kate Tempest's book - Let Them Eat Chaos in my hands.

I finished reading the book about 2 and a half hours later. Wow!

So I was in good company. Tempest's eight voices - the narrator plus Emily, Jenn, Pete, Zoe,  Bradley, joined me in that dark and disturbing hour where the poem is set at 4.18. That hour when we wake shadowed by our fears and anxieties. Joined me in a south London suburb - although mine significantly west of Tempest's - I guess.

I enjoyed best the presentation of these 7 personas. She depicts their different lives, one wealthy bored and restless, another - Pete, drunk or wasted on drugs fumbling his way home after a long night. Another voice comes home after a night shift as a carer. They are believable. Their anxieties and situations are realistic - perhaps she draws on her own experiences.

What I found quite difficult were the global concerns she addresses such as: capitalism, gentrification, celebrity culture, political corruption and global warming - I borrowed this list from the Guardian review. It's difficult addressing any one of these issues properly in any genre, but in poetry and all of them together is quite a challenge. Earnest - yes, heart felt - probably. But it's difficult to listen to a rant or a sermon.

But it is Kate Tempest herself that really shines through the book and the performance. I've attached it above. She's young, she's from south east London, she's incredibly articulate and her poetry and personality radiates a hard, fierce love.

Here's a link to the Guardian review and one from Dave Coats  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bone Tomahawk - A Short Review

Bone Tomahawk

I watched this film late one night when my wife was a way for the weekend, and I didn't know how to end the day.

This was an impressive film.

For the most part this is a conventional Western. Set in the mid-west in a little town called Bright Hope. It begins with an attack on the small town by a group of savage cave dwellers. They are presented to us as a mysterious species human.  There's the killing a young stable boy and the abduction of two or three townspeople including a deputy sheriff - Nick and the doctor's wife, Samantha, played by Lili Simmons.

When her injured husband Arthur - played by Patrick Wilson  finds out about her abduction he immediately starts out to get her back. So a small posse - made up of Sheriff Hunt - Kurt Russell, John Brooder played by Matthew Fox and  Chicory - Richard Jenkins, - sets out on a five day trek across scrub land and desert to bring her and the others back.

Despite the conventional plot - of white woman and innocents, abducted by strangers - it is the writing that really appealed to me. The dialogue and the attention to character and the development of the relationships between the posse that really made this film special. From Arthur's simple Christian faith and single minded determination to rescue his wife, Brooder the fearless, maverick gunslinger, the Sheriff - plain speaking, responsible and honourable, and finally Chicory - an old deputy - his dead pan humour, he's completely loyal and determined to do the right thing. 

There is a quiet, natural and unassuming quality to the writing that really impressed me.
Apparently the writer / director rejected all attempts by studios to accept the film on the basis of changing the script. All praise therefore goes to S. Craig Zahler for his uncompromising position. 

However visually the film contains probably the most shocking act of on screen violence I've ever seen. Thankfully it is only one short scene lasting 20 seconds. But it continues to be disturbing every time I think about it. This is where the second film genre takes over - briefly yet successfully for being so brief. Horror.

Finally what struck me was the ending. The survivors of this encounter with unspeakable horror are the most unlikely characters.

This is a film that should have gained - given its great character actors and first class acting - a much wider audience. Kurt Russell is incredible I think.

Anyway if you don't believe me read this review of the film in the Daily Telegraph

I still couldn't end the day after watching this and stayed up a further 2 hours. I might post to this blog the results of that experience if I have time.


Falling Awake by Alice Oswald.

I've been enjoying reading Falling Awake by Alice Oswald. I think this latest collection is absolutely outstanding. I've only read the first half a dozen poems and I'm completely hooked.


The book won the Costa poetry prize for 2016. And it was short listed for the T. S. Eliot prize.

I remember when she won the T. S. Eliot prize for her book Dart. I was totally mesmerised by it. This collection is doing something similar.

Oswald is a nature poet. She's brutal and elemental in her depiction of her Dartmoor surroundings. She pays close attention to detail. She brings the reader up close to her subject. We are present with her at dawn, a dead swan or badger. On one level their is a mindful presence about the experience of reading. Or are we kneeling in reverence at her subjects. 

Her writing is accessible - and yet she is not comforting. There is a music in her language but the song is not easy. 


The Troubadour 20 February 2017 - "Weather Report"

Welcome to my 2017.

I'm one of about 50 poets who have been invited to read a poem at The Troubadour on Monday 20 February. 

It is always a dynamic and interesting evening with a wide range of poets and poetry.

It would be great if you came along.  

The theme of the evening is weather.

So you better come prepared.



Click here or on the picture Stormy Weather by Frederick Varley above for more details.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cycling again after 12 years

Here is a brief video of me cycling. It's one of the first cycle rides I've had since 2004 when I had both my legs amputated. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Troubadour - last night

About 50 poets read at The Troubadour last night. It was a fabulous Christmas end of season poetry party.

Was it the theme of the evening - night? Was it Anne-Marie's apparently effortless managing of the event? Was it the staggering array of some really interesting poetry?

Or was it the subterranean atmosphere - blinding spotlights, the dark corners of the cellar, the close and intimate seating, or Cahal's music? I don't know. But one can't get away from The Troubadour's history - seasoned with the presence of Martin Carthy, John Renbourne, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon among many others.

I don't know but I was pleased to be there and honoured to be invited to read again.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Poetry reading at The Corner House

I'm reading at The Corner House Arts Centre this evening in Surbiton on the theme of remembrance. Doors open at 7.30 and the poetry readings begin at 8.00.

There is a £4.00 entry fee and I think that includes cheese and biscuits.


Leonard Cohen



Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016

I was at The Troubadour for the announcement of The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 last night. We heard the prize winning and commended poems as well as judges reports from Jane Yeh and Glyn Maxwell.

Some of the poems that really stood out for me in the evening included

Balloons by Betty Thompson, from Co. Wexford, Ireland

Ode to an Octopus by Catherine Temma Davidson, from London

Writing Him Out by Elizabeth Parker, from Bristol

and Flight,by Giles Goodland, also from London


You can read the Glyn Maxwell's and Jane Yeh's report and read the winning poems here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Music recital and poetry reading update


On Sunday 23 October we held a music recital and poetry reading at our local church. This was our main fundraising event to raise money for a specialist hand and foot pedal bike for me and raise money for the disabled cycling charity Wheels for All.

The event was an incredible success. We are now at a point where all the money we raise from now on will go to Wheels for All.

During the performance I realised that love bound us all together. Those giving - time and skill and money and those receiving - listener's, observers, musician and reader/poet and audience.



I'd like to say a very big thank you for the amazing - overwhelming support - practical, physical, material and loving - we received throughout this whole project.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Cybathlon 2016


So there I was this morning driving to hospital for an appointment with my usual companion Radio 4 keeping me company when I hear the words "Berkel Bike".

Click here for a link to today's programme of You and Yours. The article - about this year's Cybathlon that took place in Switzerland recently begins 19 minutes into the programme and lasts about 8 minutes. The bike section of the article begins 23 minutes and 20 seconds into the article and lasts about a minute.

Below is a photograph of Jonny Beer Tims part of team Imperial at the Cybathlon this year training for his event on a Berkel Bike.


Friday, October 07, 2016

Patches of Light - the booklet

I spent National Poetry Day - yesterday 6 October in Kent with friends. While Alex printed  out 250 copies of a short booklet of poetry I spent the day stapling and folding the booklets.

I've produced the booklet to help raise money for a hand and foot pedal bike. If you'd like a copy then send me an email to david[ ]loffman@conjuring[ ]sun[ ]light[.]com. I've presented my address here with brackets in an attempt at foiling any non human readers of this post. Don't forget to include a delivery address for the booklet. And don't forget to delete the brackets from the address. I've suggested £4.00 a copy.

You can pay for the booklet by donating to my just giving page here

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-loffman-1

or click on the photogragh of me test driving the bike.


Friday, September 09, 2016

Patches of Light - Music and poetry recital

Patches of Light

a music and poetry recital on the theme of place
to raise money for a hand and foot pedal bike

Piano: Simon Hancock      Poetry: David Loffman

At: Christ Church New Malden 91 Coombe Road KT3 4RE

On: Sunday 23 October

At: 3.00 pm, followed by tea at 4.00 pm

Entry: free, donations welcome

All Welcome!


Test driving the berkel bike August 2015

Click here to make a donation now!



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer Exhibition 2016


At the Summer Exhibition yesterday I found these four objects lying around - awe inspiring, terrifying and deeply disturbing


Big Black by David Nash
Bose Blumen by Anselm Kiefer


Self-portrait on Charcoal and Paper by Zatorski & Zatorski


Stormy Sea by Frederick Cuming


Monday, August 01, 2016

Man Booker Prize Long List 2016


The Man Booker Prize 2016 long list has just been published.

Click here for an article about them.

Which one shall I start with?

BBC Prom 2016 David Bowie Tribute



Click here for an extraordinary tribute to David Bowie at the BBC Prom 2016 given by the Stargaze Ensemble. It's available for about 27 days.

It was a fascinating performance to watch with some interesting re-imagining of Bowie's songs. It sometimes - I think at its best - felt experimental and bold. Sometimes it was conservative and restrained. Sometimes it felt like a karaoke and sometimes like a sing a long. The high points for me were Warszawa, The Man Who Sold the World - sung by Conor O'Brien and arranged by Michael van de Aa. This was a constrained and conservative re-interpretation but beautifully performed. Lady Grinning Soul - sung by Anna Calvi and arranged by Jherek Bischoff was genuinely bold and playful. Always Crashing in the Same Car- sung by Philippe Jaroussky arranged by David Lang. I loved Jaroussky's performance. His formal counter tenor voice contrasted with Bowie's lyrics and the spare accompaniment with a delta harp was beautiful. Black Star - sung by Anna Calvi and Amanda Palmer was chilling and dynamic. John Cale's arrangements and performances of Valentine's Day, Sorrow with Anna Calvi's searing guitar and vocal and then in Space Oddity Cale adds a gospel choir - not an anthem but it really did hit the spot.

Click here for a link to the Stargaze Ensemble

And click here for a link to a review of the performance from the Daily Telegraph.

BBC David Bowie Prom

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Changes



I've left Richmond upon Thames College and therefore left a 29 year old career in teaching in FE. It has been a traumatic and emotional time since I've made the decision to go. I've been dominated by grief and fear about the future. But sometimes I catch myself tingling with excitement and expectation. Here we go!!!

I have accepted an offer of voluntary redundancy.

I still have three years to go before I reach my normal pension age.

I do not intend to be employed in a full time capacity again.

I will live my life in a healthier, happier and sustainable way.

Here we go!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Georgia O'Keeffe

Click here for a link to the Georgia O'Keeffe Tate Modern Exhibition.



We absolutely must go!!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beyond the Border 2016





Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling 
Festival

is on this weekend
Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July

Come and be rescued, awe struck and amazed by this incredible experience.

Click here for a link to the festival website  


Maybe see you there!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Reading at the Troubadour



I'm one of about 50 poets reading at the Troubadour in Earls Court tomorrow evening.

I'm really looking forward to it. Come and join us if you can.

Click here for a link to the listing. 




Monday, June 06, 2016

A Shake of the Dice by David Kynaston

I've just finished reading A Shake of the Dice - the second book that completes the third volume of Modernity Britain by David Kynaston. It's the third volume in his project - writing a popular social history of Britain from 1945 - 1979 titled Tales of the New Jerusalem. It marks the half way point in this compelling history.

All the familiar themes are here, although in this second book there is not the same intense focus on key themes like education or the sustained debate on the rise in youth culture.

This is a more rounded book that explored industrial relations in Britain between 1959 - 1962. It considered the negotiations between government, unions and industry of one specific industrial dispute.

It also touched on the acceleration of slum clearances and the development of sky scrappers in the north of England and Glasgow. Kynaston does consider the destruction of working class communities and the alienation experienced in the new sky towers. Again we looked at the impact on Salford in particular.

Another highlight for me was the section on Tony Hancock. It covers the end of 'Hancock's Half Hour, the split in the relationship with Sid James and the beginning of Hancock's solo work.

The diarists are also present. There seemed to me a more systematic approach to them. They seemed to be used on mass to comment on key events. Male diarists were also introduced including Kenneth Williams.

Click the book cover below to buy the book.



It was an enjoyable read.

And I'm looking forward to the next installment - opportunity Britain.