I know in hindsight not everybody had a background like I did growing up with bookcase after bookcase in my house but it’s true. I can remember coming home from school and college and frequently to discover my father had picked up a book from a charity shop for 20p on the way home from work and they joined a pile of books he hadn’t read but would.
We were never a rich family by any stretch of thought, but through my father both me and my siblings all turned out to be good readers. Today’s guest David Mellor talking about his new book ‘So This Is It’ remembers having a quiet different background “Growing up, there weren’t many books about in the house, except maybe a trashy throw away 70s novel and god forbid no bookcases. “ He begins “Literature is what posh people did. I never heard my parents ever mutter the word poetry except if you count sugary verses in Christmas cards.”
“School was no different, you were beaten up by class mates if you did your homework and I left with the lowest grades possible.” He carries on mirroring some of my own childhood experiences it has to be said also “I read my first book when I was 18 and wrote my first poem when I was 20, in a notebook I still have. Such books have been like a close friend ever since, always by my side.”
“In the barren Thatcher years with years of unemployment to look forward to I finally got education and a whole new world opened up for me, taking me to foreign lands like ‘universities’. He reflects about growing up in the 1980s “I continued to write, sorting out my grubby childhood and commenting on the world around me. Including performing on stage, baring my soul to audiences with surprising success and enjoyment. “
“However, I did and do still find myself at odds with the poetry world. The bluntness of work deemed at times to not be “real poetry” as opposed to clever intricate poetry full of hidden meanings like a Chinese jigsaw.” He explains talking about his early experiences in the poetry world “Poetry I feel should move people as with music and all art, seeing a real person behind it all, warts and all.”
“My recent book published by Taj Mahal press is a selection of my work from the very beginnings of love lost through to personal and political life to the present day.” He describes his new book by Taj Mahal press ‘So This Is It’ “ A friend once describing my work as “trying to stop things that have already happened.’’In many respects, it’s a personal manifesto of a life laid bare and an anger against injustice.
“So This is It” by David R Mellor, available on all platforms including Amazon for about a tenner post free, an ideal present for yourself or someone you don’t like.
It can be found on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/So-This-David-R-Mellor/dp/8194827108/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=David+R+Mellor+So+This+Is+It&qid=1607728148&quartzVehicle=842-813&replacementKeywords=david+r+mellor+so+this+it&sr=8-1