In his book, Colin Davies has made a point in his ‘thank you’ section.
“I’ve stated that there is one person I do not wish to thank,” he says.
“It is my old English teacher. I wrote a poem in one of his lessons and he told me it was good but pointless. It wouldn’t count towards my exams, he said, so what’s the point?”
Fortunately, Colin ignored the advice of his teacher and carried on with his poetry.
And it is paying off now, with Colin’s first collection of poetry about to be released.
Not only has it got the thumbs-up from a couple of superstars of the spoken word, he is launching the book with a special event on Friday that promises to be pretty terrific.
Held at Blackpool Catholic Club on Queen Street, starting at 7pm and going on till late, Colin has organised for some of the best talent from the poetry scene to take the stage.
The guests include Big Charlie Poet (a two-time Spotlight Lancaster Slam winner), stand up comedian Rich Davenport, and multi-slam winner Trevor Meaney, fresh from his performance at the Wenlock poetry festival and ahead of taking his solo show ‘Meaney’s Mouth Burst’ to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Then to close the show, Colin will take to the stage to read extracts from his rather nicely named book “The Book of Colin: A Complete (at time of going to press) Collection of Poetry”.
The book has been given the thumbs-up by renowned poet John Hegley and Youtube star Mark Grist, and Colin hopes the public in Blackpool will give it a chance.
“Half the battle is getting people to read it,” he said. “There are some people who think poetry is all about public schools or posh people sat in classrooms but it’s absolutely not.
“I help run a poetry group in the centre of Blackpool on the first Friday of every month (the Lancashire Dead Good Poets Society, at Number Five Cafe in Cedar Square ... check it out). We get more than 30 people in there, it’s often standing room only.
“Poetry is definitely gaining in popularity and making a comeback and there are so many talented people out there.”
Colin, 43, has lived in Blackpool since the 1980s and has been writing poems since school ... despite his English teacher’s advice.
He has previously written two children’s books but this is his first published collection of poetry. By day he works as a marketing consultant in Poulton but the dream is to be a full-time writer.
“That would be wonderful, to write for a living and not have to work,” he said. “But it is so hard to do. So in reality my aim is just to entertain people, get my name out there and see what happens.”
Friday’s event is free admission, with a suggested donation of £3 – all proceeds going to The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign in aid of Trinity.