Together Behind Four Walls an anthology for Marie Curie Nurses

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Together Behind Four Walls

Compiled by Francis H Powell

With the sudden arrival of Covid 19 and the introduction of a lockdown, many people might have wondered how they would spend their time.

Writers, poets and artists decided to express their feelings in words and pictures during this turbulent period. From humour to deep thoughts Together Behind Four Walls captures the many facets of the human spirit during the pandemic.

Proceeds from the book will go to Marie Curie nurses who continued their great work during this crisis.

The book includes some well known contributors including:

Wendy Cope: among other accolades, the author of five collections of adult poetry, a judge of the 2007 Man  Booker Prize, and was voted the listeners’ choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate in 1998.

Lynne Reid Banks: is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty-five books, including the best-selling children’s novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and has been successfully adapted for film.

Roger Robinson: a  celebrated writer, musician, and performer, who has won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ondaatje Prize.

Peter Finch: an author, historian, poet, and former Chief Executive of First Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers.

John Hegley: a  performance poet, comedian musician and songwriter, who was the presenter of the Border Television series “Word of Mouth”, and has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Arthur Smith: an alternative comedian, presenter and writer, who famously turned down a lifetime achievement award in 2005 from the Perrier Award organisers, and won the Panel Prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007.

Neal Zetter: a comedy performance poet, children’s author, and entertainer. He has nearly 30 years of experience performing in locations such as West End comedy clubs and the Royal Festival Hall. He uses the writing and/or performing of poetry to develop literacy, self-expression, confidence, creativity and presentation skills.

Sally Kindberg: a contemporary award-winning Swedish artist, living in London. Sally kindly donated two original drawings for this campaign.

The book also includes other contributors from round the world.

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Together Behind Four Walls, poetry, short stories and illustrations.

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Together Behind Four Walls is available through Goldcrest Books

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Together Behind Four Walls

Compiled by Francis H Powell

With the sudden arrival of Covid 19 and the introduction of a lockdown, many people might have wondered how they would spend their time.

Writers, poets and artists decided to express their feelings in words and pictures during this turbulent period. From humour to deep thoughts Together Behind Four Walls captures the many facets of the human spirit during the pandemic.

Proceeds from the book will go to Marie Curie nurses who continued their great work during this crisis.

The book includes some well known contributors including:

Wendy Cope: among other accolades, the author of five collections of adult poetry, a judge of the 2007 Man  Booker Prize, and was voted the listeners’ choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate in 1998.

Lynne Reid Banks: is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty-five books, including the best-selling children’s novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and has been successfully adapted for film.

Roger Robinson: a  celebrated writer, musician, and performer, who has won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ondaatje Prize.

Peter Finch: an author, historian, poet, and former Chief Executive of First Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers.

John Hegley: a  performance poet, comedian musician and songwriter, who was the presenter of the Border Television series “Word of Mouth”, and has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Arthur Smith: an alternative comedian, presenter and writer, who famously turned down a lifetime achievement award in 2005 from the Perrier Award organisers, and won the Panel Prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007.

Neal Zetter: a comedy performance poet, children’s author, and entertainer. He has nearly 30 years of experience performing in locations such as West End comedy clubs and the Royal Festival Hall. He uses the writing and/or performing of poetry to develop literacy, self-expression, confidence, creativity and presentation skills.

Sally Kindberg: a contemporary award-winning Swedish artist, living in London. Sally kindly donated two original drawings for this campaign.

The book also includes other contributors from round the world.

About Marie Curie Nurses

Marie Curie nurses in our communities and hospices provide hands on nursing care to patients at the end of their lives. Throughout the Corona Virus Pandemic, our nurses have been at the frontline of care, looking after patients with all terminal illnesses, including caring for people with the virus.

The need for our work has never been greater. At the time when our nurses are in such demand, we have also faced a devastating loss in our income.
When living with a terminal illness it is vital that you can access crucial support, care and information.

Your support in buying this book, is enabling our frontline staff to continue to provide that expert care along with the vital bereavement advice and guidance we also provide to carers and families having to deal with loss and grief.

Together Behind Four Walls is finally published!

It took over a year and a half to finally get this book published. It is not easy to get a book published and there were set backs, so it is great news it is finally out.

Together Behind Four Walls

Compiled by Francis H Powell

With the sudden arrival of Covid 19 and the introduction of a lockdown, many people might have wondered how they would spend their time.

Writers, poets and artists decided to express their feelings in words and pictures during this turbulent period. From humour to deep thoughts Together Behind Four Walls captures the many facets of the human spirit during the pandemic.

Proceeds from the book will go to Marie Curie nurses who continued their great work during this crisis.

The book includes some well known contributors including:

Wendy Cope: among other accolades, the author of five collections of adult poetry, a judge of the 2007 Man  Booker Prize, and was voted the listeners’ choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet Laureate in 1998.

Lynne Reid Banks: is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty-five books, including the best-selling children’s novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and has been successfully adapted for film.

Roger Robinson: a  celebrated writer, musician, and performer, who has won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Ondaatje Prize.

Peter Finch: an author, historian, poet, and former Chief Executive of First Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers.

John Hegley: a  performance poet, comedian musician and songwriter, who was the presenter of the Border Television series “Word of Mouth”, and has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Arthur Smith: an alternative comedian, presenter and writer, who famously turned down a lifetime achievement award in 2005 from the Perrier Award organisers, and won the Panel Prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007.

Neal Zetter: a comedy performance poet, children’s author, and entertainer. He has nearly 30 years of experience performing in locations such as West End comedy clubs and the Royal Festival Hall. He uses the writing and/or performing of poetry to develop literacy, self-expression, confidence, creativity and presentation skills.

Sally Kindberg: a contemporary award-winning Swedish artist, living in London. Sally kindly donated two original drawings for this campaign.

The book also includes other contributors from round the world.

Please support the book by following it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/togetherbehindfourwalls

or Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/togetherbehindfourwall/

About Marie Curie Nurses

Marie Curie nurses in our communities and hospices provide hands on nursing care to patients at the end of their lives. Throughout the Corona Virus Pandemic, our nurses have been at the frontline of care, looking after patients with all terminal illnesses, including caring for people with the virus.

The need for our work has never been greater. At the time when our nurses are in such demand, we have also faced a devastating loss in our income.
When living with a terminal illness it is vital that you can access crucial support, care and information.

Your support in buying this book, is enabling our frontline staff to continue to provide that expert care along with the vital bereavement advice and guidance we also provide to carers and families having to deal with loss and grief.

Searching for the right book cover (for an anthology for a charity)

A book cover is so important.

A bibliomaniac is one to whom books are like bottles of whiskey to the inebriate, to whom anything that is between covers has an intoxicating savor. – Author: Hugh Walpole

Trying to get the right book cover for Together Behind Four Walls was difficult. I even had a big fall out with a publisher, which lead us to go separate ways, The fact was the book covers he suggested, were in my opinion totally inappropriate and uninspiring for a book that is aiming to raise money for a charity.

I wanted a cover that was bright and full of hope.

The cover also had to represent what was inside the book.

When I chose to go down the self publishing route, I had much more flexibility as to what the book cover should look like. I sent images and graphic designer Dena Villanueva came up with the final versions.

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Dena did a great job not only with the cover but with the other illustrations in the book.

The book is about time in lockdown and I wanted to include an image I took of my son staring into a closed playground. The first version of the book cover looked like this

Somebody pointed out that the image was good, but sent the wrong message, because the book is called Together Behind Four Walls, which about time spent inside, whereas the image shows somebody outside.

I decided to use the image, which for me was symbolic of the book/project by putting it on a computer scree, in a setting a typical writer might have.

A good book cover has to stand out from others

I have had two books published and the publisher allowed me to come up with the covers. With one of my books it took a momentous effort to come up with a book cover the publisher accepted. He chose an image I wouldn’t have selected. With a book which will hopefully be published at the end of the year, the choice of cover is out of my hands.

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The book will be available to buy the 3rd September

Shouldn’t we welcome refugees?

People without papers, perhaps without hope

As everybody knows a terrible situation has developed in Afghanistan. Perhaps things could get much worse.

People are trapped in this country, fleeing to save their lives. Every time the news covers this story, things seem to be getting worse and worse.

Imagine if you woke up in the morning to the sound of gun fire? Imagine if you had to go into a safehouse for fear of being taken away to be killed or tortured? This kind of hellish situation is what is happening in Afghanistan, but also in other places.

We are lucky not to live in such situations. Should we just turn our back on people in these conditions?

We have been lucky to have been born in peaceful environments, while others haven’t.

One of my jobs over the past couple of years has been to teach English for a couple of hours to young refugees.

Talking to those who have a reasonable level of English, I can understand their frustration and anguish.

One I spoke to, who was from Afghanistan was split from his family. He lives in France, while for no logical reason his family are based in Germany.

I don’t know where the situation in Afghanistan is heading. Doubtlessly it will result in many refugees.

Some of my thoughts on people forced to leave their homes are contained in this poem

DISPLACED PEOPLE

By Francis H Powell

Displaced people

you know who you are

Sometimes pain runs right through you

sometimes the joy of individuality sustains you

People look right through you

in the city

what is your story

what is the route

that took to where you are now?

Displaced people born different

never tied down by bounderies

spread out across the globe

who are we to judge

your nomadic existance

You live amongst the statues of slave owners

Perhaps you fled from your homes

As flames of intolerance spread high

You walk about lost in cities

People push you away

And nobody calls out your name

Newspapers look down on you

Spreading fears about you

Displaced people

live in the shadows

of an undetermined destiny

You are put in camps

denied any kind of existence

such squalor

you feed off scraps

other people discards

you have no papers to your name

About the book

with the proof copy

On a cold grey March morning, I was with my son, in the play park where he regularly plays, when all of a sudden some council workers began cordoning off the play park. He was not able to go to school, due to a sudden outbreak of covid 19 cases in the local area. The closing off of the play area really brought home the fact that something significant was beginning to impact our lives and the normal life we were used to was about to change dramatically. Consequently, I began to put words to my feelings at the time and all of a sudden the idea of putting a book together, came to me. I began rifling through my contacts and friends who were writers. Later I began to search further afield, sending e mails to people explaining my project.

I knew I wanted to put a book together for those who would be caring for people, doing valuable work, such as nurses and by way of my sister I, decided Marie Curie Nurses were a good cause, who should benefit from this fund-raising project. I am grateful to all those who responded to my call for poems, short stories and illustrations, as well as people who have helped to publicize this project. I am incredibly fortunate some fantastic writers and poets, who at the onset I could never imagine would 10 11 submit poems, kindly sent me some pertinent works. I like the range of writers and poets who have contributed to this book, from a ninety-one year old writer, poet Lynne Reid Banks, who is obviously still passionate about writing to young children. Visit https://www.goldcrestbooks.com/together-behind-four-walls/
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Different Perspectives is a theme in Together Behind Four Walls

Everybody has their own thoughts about what it was like in lockdown.

Some didn’t believe there should be a lockdown at all.

Some had a hard time in Lockdown, as it weighed on their mental health.

Some people were creative during this period, finding ways to pass the time.

Some put their thoughts into words, in order to share with others.

Some recognized the compassion of others.

Some connected with their past, while others worried about the future.

There was a complete range of thoughts and emotions

Contributors in this section include include

Suki Spangles, Camilla Nelson, Gail Meath,
B. Lynn Goodwin, Toby Campion (USA),
Francis H Powell, Roy Duffield, Derek Thompson,
D.L. Lang, Arti Rai, Rosie Carick, Armand
Ruhlman, Nina Zee(vancevic), Harry Weiss Jones,
Peter Finch, Stewart Taylor, Alun Robert, Muni
Subhradip Chakraborty, Rhian Edwards, Ciara
MacLaverty, Katrina Naomi, Alison Brackenbury,
Sue Hardy-Dawson, A.F. Harrold, Lynne Reid
Banks, Paul Matthews, Marcus Christopherson,
Trevor Millum, Mark Heathcote, Ashish Kapoor,
Rita Rana, Ariadne Radi Cor,
Magi Gibson, Mark Blickley

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Land and Sea

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Land and Sea is a theme in Together Behind Four Walls an anthology aiming to raise money for Marie Curie Nurses.

During 2020 many people had to put their travel plans on hold. Some who travelled suffered terribly, imagine being trapped on a ship with covid cases, unable to disembark.

This section includes a short story by Clare Reddaway

Francis H Powell, Clare Reddaway,
Manuella Mavromichalis,
January L’Angelle,
David K MacDonald

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Loneliness and emptiness

Loneliness and emptiness is a theme in Together Behind Four Walls

There were many stories in the news during lockdown of people suffering from loneliness. People who had to self isolate for days and days, not seeing a soul. Perhaps their only contact was by zoom. This theme is included in Together Behind Four Walls and includes some great poems.

Contributors include

Julie C. Round, Josiane Vincent, Fizzy
Twizler, Moique Tell, Crystal TurnerBrightman, Monica Shah, Francis H Powell,
Joyce West, Giselle Marks, Connie Howell,
Johnnie Dalton, Carmina Masoliver, Jane
Lovell, Laura Zuwa Ukpokolo, Karl Nova,
Aoife Mannix, Seadeta Osmani, Andy J. Tyler

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Time in Lockdown is a theme in Together Behind Four Walls

Time in lockdown is a theme in Together Behind Four Walls.

Contributors include

Jonny Sly, Ciara MacLaverty,
Francis H Powell, Josiane Vincent,
Crysse Morrison, Marcus Christopherson,
Ian MacMillan, Alison Brackenbury,
Ray Clark, Carl Papa Palmer,
Magi Gibson, Iam Thandi

Lockdown meant everybody had lots of time on their hands. How to wind down the clock? How to pass all this time time?

This section includes a short story by Ray Clark called Ranger Man

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