Together Behind Four Walls
Compiled By Francis H. Powell
Written By Various Well-Known People
Poignant and heartfelt, Together Behind Four Walls will delight and pull at heartstrings. The book supports Marie Curie Nurses. Thanks to Love Books for inviting me to review on the blog tour and for the gifted book. Find out more in the blurb and a bit about some of the contributors as well as my full review below…
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 around the world.
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Together Behind Four Walls, thanks careworkers and keyworkers in the world of care, which is lovely. It also delves into 2020, when people couldn’t get together the same, nor visit loved ones, even when they were unwell and dying. This book has a lot of heart to it. It has love and warmth as well as bucketfuls of poignancy. Amongst the sadness and anger, there is also shiny bits of hope. There are moments that come across as raw memories flooding back and throughout a sense of absolute truth and honesty about how each writer feels/felt and then that is reflected in a wider society as in some sense, and this makes everything within this relatable because whether you’ve been through similar experiences as those contributing to this anthology, the likelihood is you may well know someone who is or has experienced similar, or perhaps you’re a carer a keyworker, this is an anthology that in essence, captures moments of time, moments like a fabric, creating and documenting social history in a sense, but in the writers own words and in short verses, creating what is a fundamental snapshot for now and into the future.
The writing itself is exquisite, in short verses for people to dip into as they please. There’s life and realism in each and every contributor’s writing. Each person has their own story to tell and each person has used their power of writing to touch a heart, bring a respect, bring a part of life that each and every person was touched by one way or another, and for many, what is written will be relevant, a shared, yet apart experience in a way.
With proceeds going to Marie Curie Nurses, this is a book that could also make a difference and also shows some generosity in giving their time (of which we know they had lots of), to a worthy cause, even though there were other things they could have been doing.