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 Its taken me a year to assemble enough poems to put together a book. Yes, a bit of a departure, but judging by the reactions I’ve been getting, they are more than entertaining. I’ve taken some three years of working with the Bangor poetry club, had my work critiqued, critiqued and critiqued again, but I thank my mentors for that. Of course the pandemic regulations shouldn’t have helped, but in a funny sort of way… well coming soon to a shop near you, Amazon actually, it will be released just as I’ve seen it myself and ironed out the wrinkles!




RELEASED. November 2019

Jan and Paul tell of story from fifty years ago in this bizarre and exciting story. The freezing of dead bodies will chill the bones in more ways than one, but someone has to do it. However, within the crisp factory at GM Cryogenics, the deceitful management are out to make a killing of a different kind. In silencing those that apposed them, money their motivator, they take short cuts in treatment, falsified accounts and reports… but they hadn’t allowed for Paul’s inquisitive mind.

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Coming soon. “Four-play!”

Ask yourself how marriages survive in these troubled times. How does a couple cement their relationship? Now, that’s difficult enough when married to one woman, but what does married man Connor do when he finds himself in the laps of three women all at the same time.   One – wants to love him one – wants to hurt him and one – wants to exploit him, but which one’s which?



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Released by MW self Publishing Partnership.  

This quirky collection of short stories by JANET HAWORTH will have your mind jumping to conclusions, teased by plotlines and immersed in eccentricity. The Curious Coincidences that she employs, will take you from reality, to return you only as she delivers her astonishing punchlines.

Read and be mesmerised by the revelation that she might be related to one of the Pendle Witches. Ask yourself if the stranger on your doorstep is really of this world or another. Shiver, as you learn of the eerie presence on the Delta oil platform, the dark foreboding of the ‘Kennelworth’ tunnel, and be spooked by the memories of Gran, as her house is cleared after her death. And… what is a ‘Bogart’ anyway?

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Tumble of Poems Working on behalf of Janet Haworth, I have published her book under a self – publishing partnership with her.

Within it she has included poems from her Catterline collection, that came out of her experience of living in the ‘Old Rectory’ perched on the cliffs overlooking an old fishing village. A place that inspired Joan Eardley’s paintings of the Glasgow School. Friends called it ‘Wuthering Heights by the sea.’ The village was a world away from the nearby city of Aberdeen, but she says it is a special place and wants to share share something of its soul in her poems.

Other poems came from working with memory, wanting to capture events that seemed important, sometimes sad and at times funny. The IT Girl began life as an advert for margarine. It is a, ’Found Poem,’ as is Fifteen Seconds. These words were inspired by a teacher working in a war zone who was being interviewed on Radio 4.

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Released last October, the BANGOR WRITERS GROUP ANTHOLOGY edited and presented by me, includes many short stories and poetry provided by members. The introduction:

As founder of the Bangor Cellar Writing Group, it is a privilege to introduce this anthology of poems and short fiction produced by its current members.  It has been one of the great pleasures of belonging to the writing group, being able to listen and learn from fellow members.  

I must express my full thanks to the Poetry Group sector of BCWG for the effort they have put into producing this anthology.  Thank you to Jean Dawson, Liz Cox, Mark Winson, Geoff Lincoln and Don Draper. We hope that you find something touching, beautiful or thought provoking in all of these offerings.

                Mary Ward  Founder of Bangor Cellar Writing Group

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